Tennessee is not recruiting well just because they got 18 dudes
Okay, I see you ?. WR isn't often an immediate impact position, I think this kid has a chance to make a big splash next season.
Probably won't, just because, as you said, such impacts are rare.
But Braylong Edwards caught like 2 passes in 2001 before becoming a force in '02.
Darboh will be a sophomore next season. While it's uncommon for freshman WRs to make a big impact, It's not unusual for them make a big leap in production their sophomore season. Besides Edwards, other examples are David Terrell, Jason Avant, Mario Manningham and Jeremy Gallon. Also, Steve Breaston and Roy Roundtree redshirted and then had big RS frosh seasons.
BUT CAN HE DUNK?
He can, but he stares MoFus down afterwards.
DOES HE EVEN LIFT?
My favorite part of this is that budha is the referee
but then again, Gerald Robinson was an all american in practice too.
Man, it sounds like Mike Cox will be pretty good. Hope he gets the playbook down.
I've never seen Jerald, practice or game, make a catch like that. Neither has Gardner according to his response.
Yeah, but Jerald Ford was an actual All-American those many years ago
That would be good to see for the next four years
Those two do seem pretty similar.
I disagree, I think WR is one of the least correlative positions when it comes to star rankings. WRs need QBs to look good on film, or need to really hit the camp circuit. Braylon is far from the only example of this. Justin Blackmon was a three star, Michael Crabtree was outside of the Rivals 250. Junior Hemingway was a three star, so was Devin Smith at OSU and all those guys at MSU last year. Lots and lots of really good college receivers were three star recruits, so I wouldn't worry about it.
I agree with you. Also, just going off Rivals because I am a working citizen and need to do something productive with my time and not research these sorts of things... Darboh was a 4 star, inside the top 250 nationally, and also had offers from, but not limited too... Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and interest from USC & Oregon. No he's not ranked like Treadwell, but an offer list like that, + a top 250 ranking isn't something I will quite ever fret over with him making a catches like that. A game catch like that is always much more impressive, but it takes talent to do such things as that.
May also get some people on this board to chill out regarding our WR situation. Star ratings, as we all know, aren't always a great reflection of how elite a player can be.
Darboh had 4 stars, was ranked 30th at his position, and was in the Top 250. Why is everyone acting like this kid is some under-the-radar type? We've been a little too starry-eyed watching Treadwell highlights this year.
News Flash. Darboh is good at football and his recruiting rankings reflect that.
I understand he was a 4* and regarded as a pretty damn good WR prospect. My point is, that doesn't mean he can't be the elite level/game breaker type that everyone seems to think we are missing and in desperate need of.
Nice catch! Let's see more of the same against South Carolina.
Womp womp no video... /disappointed
Is he red shirting? I remember the coaches praised him during Fall Ball then he disappeared come game time. wonder if Hoke kept him off to get a RS.
No, he played on special teams for most of the games this year.
He saw a few snaps at WR, but iirc, didn't have any receptions.
on special teams...
I think he also got in a few plays at the end vs UMass at WR but I could be wrong.
I always wonder how good an idea it is to burn a redshirt for special teams work. I mean, Norfleet returning kicks is one thing, but a wasted year of a potentially very impactful receiver is another.
Well, if they play freshmen people bitch because we're burning redshirts. If they play upperclassmen that are good (because special teams is VERY important) people bitch when they get hurt.
Someone's gotta play special teams, and because points can get put up so fast it's a good idea to have the guys who are best at it on the field. I assume Darboh was good at covering kicks.
No rs for you!
I think he and Chesson are going to light it up. Chesson might need to put a little more muscle on, but he's got ridiculous speed.
There is no one on this team that I would like to see succeed more than Darboh. His backstory is amazing, and he just seems like an incredible human being and an ideal ambassador for our school.
Hope he becomes an elite wideout for us.
He should be a great QB for us next year.
Burning Darboh's redshirt was really unnecessary.
while i tend to agree that it seems to be a waste of a redshirt, sometimes getting kids in on special teams and just keeping them more involved in games builds some game experience so that they are more ready to contribute in a meaningful way. i'll defer to the coaching staff on balancing the multiple factors that seem to go into whether a redshirt is burned or not.
It seems like the decision on whether or not to redshirt a kid is one of those intangible things that the coaches get a feel for as they get to know the incoming freshmen. Some kids may be physically and mentally ready to see the field as true freshmen and would benefit from the experience. Other kids might not be. No one knows for sure except the coaches.
I also think it's a lot more of a gray area than people want to admit. If a kid is working hard in the flimroom and in practice, it's good for a team as a whole that he's rewarded and sees the field. Also, based on maturity, it seems reasonable that a player may benefit greatly from even limited playing time.
We need WRs to step up next year pretty bad. I would imagine Darboh is much better prepared for that now after getting his feet wet.
Not if he puts in a good game in the Outback Bowl now that Gardner is out of the WR group (and so is Jerald Robinson).
Also, if we're going to rely and Darboh and Chesson as our outside receivers next year, it would be nice for one of them to have some in-game experience going into the season.
I think that the staff probably thought Chesson needed to put on some size before putting him on the field, they may have seen Darboh as having the frame to play early or maybe Darboh was a better athlete and could contribute on special teams early.
MOAR pixels pls.....
We talkin 'bout practice, man.