Okay...second time I'm posting a forum topic, please go easy...also because I'm not a football expert, but I thought Stevie looked pretty good today. Again, NOT an expert. Did I miss some major screw-ups, or did he do pretty well?
Despite constant speculation from the MGoBoard experts, there actually is no Spinner. According to GERG, there is no fancy name for the position.
"There’s not much hybrid about the linebacker-safety position Stevie Brown will play this year. Robinson said he doesn’t call the position “spinner” or anything else. “He’s our SAM,” or strong-side linebacker, Robinson said."
Can't say that I'm disappointed, Spinner doesn't sound like a football term anyway.
Full article with some notes on the DEATHBACKER! (or Quick) position.
There have been some talk about Craig Roh being molded for the hybrid DL/LB position. (I can't remember if it's the spinner or quick, I think it's quick.)
From the scouting reports and the film I've seen, he has an unnatural crab-stance that he uses to unleash a killer spin move. He was obliterating OL at the All American game, and I couldn't wait for him to get to campus.
I always thought he would be utilized as a pass rushing DE, however, wouldn't a move to quick would force him to drop into coverage sometimes? I'm all for keeping defenses guessing, but I'm not sure if that will really utilize his strengths.
I know that the coaches see him every day and know way, way more than me, but I just feel like I'm missing something here because I never saw him as a "quick" type player.
I know everyone calls it something different...from "Deathbacker" to "Spinner"..but I like Schembackler. Just gives the position some real definition.
Forgive me if this has been beaten to death, but I'm really, surprised that Graham doesn't appear to be the leading candidate for this spot. His H.S experience as a LB means he at least has a clue on how to drop into coverage, he's an edge rusher extraordinaire and can stand in there with TEs. He could be moved around in an attempt to keep offenses guessing, and to keep him out of double teams. I guarantee he's as fast as any LB on the team, with the possible exception of Mouton. In short, he's a beast, which is the whole point of the Schembackler spot.
The other three choices here are Herron, Evans and Watson. None of these guys has played much, so I'd think that Patterson and Banks would have a wealth of experience by comparison.
Seems to me, you let Banks, Patterson and LaLota play the RDE position and use the best playmaker you have on defense at the spot designed to create the most havoc. But that's just me.