Does anyone have any input on Kelvin Grady as a defensive player in high school? I can't find any football recruiting info so perhaps someone might remember seeing him play DB in Grand Rapids. Grasping at straws? Why not?
GO BLUE! Keep the faith!
just a dream
Once you wake up and Woolfolk is fine, you'll wake up AGAIN and we'll have won MNCs the last two years.
Plays both ways in high school. It's probably a safe assumption that he played some defense, whether or not he played CB I don't know. ?
At least the defense could be really good next year with Woolfolk returning? Positive Note?
I am waiting on the Hello: Doran Grant post now (crossing my fingers).
Everything will be fine if RR can keep his job after this year. We will be in great shape next year. but that all depends on Brandon, Coleman and the Alumni doners who give lots of $$, go to a ton of games on Saturday, but don't pay much attention besides that or read MGoBlog
Just stop with the looking towards the next season when this season has not even started. If the best thing that we have to look forward to is 2011, we are in a seriously shitty place as a program. In 2008, we were "looking forward to 2009, because Tate would be here, and RR would have a second year to impliment his system." Last year, we were looking towards this year because now our O-line would be older and our QBs wouldn't be true freshmen.
As recent events have shown, a hell of a lot can change in the course of a week, let alone a year and a half.
**This is not an anti-RR post.
The tone of this will all change when RichRod hangs 45 points on UConn and wins going away.
Ok, Go Blue rah rah and all, but...
If you think we're going to hang 45 and win going away on anyone right now, then [insert lack of being objective cliche here].
If there's ever a time to temper expectations, try to be calm, and let things play out, it's now.
if he did play defense...this would be - nevermind...............
IMO this is the most obvious position switch. Grady definitely has the athleticism to play corner. Irrational or not, this thought momentarily makes me feel better.
IIRC he was just playing running back then. That was his senior year, but maybe they didn't want him getting hurt on defense.
From a MHSAA football forum, he's listed as the #4 player in the "Greater Grand Rapids area" in 2006 (two behind Keith Nichol) and as a "RB/WR/DB." He's mostly discussed as a RB, but he's (apparently) a "lockdown defender when the moment calls."
(Note: a small video on the right side autoplays, focused on tennis, when you click on the above link)
For some more sad faces, look at the #1 player - good 'ol Ro Jo, who's taken his talents to LA (and was listed as first team DB; Grady was a first team RB).
Based on this little information, grab some old film, and start brushing up on your backpedal, Mr Grady.
that Kelvin played offense exclusively, at least his senior year. There isn't a whole lot of data out there but I did find the stats from their state championship game.
I never remember him playing any Defense at least when he was starting to gain hype. He was the workhorse for EGR just like his brother. If he did play, it was hardly anything at all.
Actually, Kelvin Grady played nearly every down for EGR on defense. He played very well, and obviously has more speed than his brother had.
He should get a look at CB, I bet he'd be better than anyone else that we can roll out there.
Contrary to what you all think, K Grady to defense is actually a very real possibility. Tay Odoms has been burning everybody in practice on the deep ball since camp opened up. This was when Woolfolk was in the lineup. Just for kicks, the coaches let Grady cover Odoms for a few plays, and he shut him down. He was the only guy who could hang with him.
The main problem in the secondary is speed. It's been even more apparent than usual this fall apparently as our offense has shown great improvement throwing the deep ball. A couple days in a row now our defense has been absolutely dominated by the vertical pass simply because they can't keep up. K Grady isn't going to see much time on the field on offense and represents the most likely position change. Cullen Christian is simply too raw at this point. He has legitimate D-1 speed but his technique is not nearly good enough yet. Don't be at all surprised if you hear in a few days about a potential switch for Grady.
can i ask how you know this? (i.e., kelvin shutting odoms down)
good friend of mine works for the team
I watched EGR a lot the last 10 years and I don't remember him playing much D. Unlike other high schools EGR has a million players. I dont think he needed to go both ways.
I think KG would be the most likely candidate to switch to D just due to the depth at the two positions he would play at (slot/RB), especially if he can backpeddle well and pick up on the schemes...
and help us fill in some depth. Win-win there. Hopefully he is up to the task.
I declare a delayed pos-bang on jbibiza for vision ahead of his time and kingrichardx for having an apparently reliable source.