As far as Roh's back-up at the 5-tech/SDE, I expect it to be Heitzman, not Chris Rock (NTCR), at least until Brink gets healthy or the freshmen come in the fall, but maybe even then. Heitzman is a sleeper, but I think he can be at least back-up serviceable.
Revision of Spring Game Primer: Defense from April 12th, 2012 at 9:28 PM
You passed up a perfectly good opportunity to post the Hagerup gif.
And now since I brought it up, here you go:
My deepest, and most sincere, apologies for the oversight.
Where's the Raptor?
without the other:
Can't wait. I think your point yesterday about how the D should dominate the offense in a spring game was right on. I hope they do dominate them 90 percent of the time and Denard throws 30 yard dimes the other 10 percent of the time. Part of me though wants BWC to just sandbag tomorrow and then go apeshit on Bama in the fall when they're expecting him to be movie Michael Oher before Sandra Bullock gave him a kick in the pants.
Head asplodes. Very well done!
I'm particular to the realism of this one...
I had a strange out-of-body experience reading this post.
Roh and Black will be fine as pass rushers. But Roh gave up the edge too often at WDE, let alone SDE. And I haven't seen much (has anyone) on Black to make me think he can hold up on the interior.
DL is still a huge concern, and it's their performance vs. the run game we need to be watching tmw.
Maybe we're already to the point of 'no mild concussion' and this was a hard hit they're being overly-cautious (not really possible w/ situation, I know) with?
As you pointed out, it's like having "a little cancer".
With the secondary being deeper than usual and freshman playing above their projections, is it conceiveable that Countess actually sees LESS of the field at corner this season?
I doubt it, but if the newcomers indeed play well (see also: consistent), I'm struggling to see another option.
Unless Tablott beats him out for the starting job, I don't think Countess sees the field less. Instead, I think it's more likely that Mattison is much more willing to go to nickel and dime sets on defense in really obvious passing situations, especially since he likes blitzing guys from the secondary (speed off the edge is big for him).
Dime? Whats that?
Thanks, just the prospect of that alone makes me smile a bit.
Dimes are 10 cents or worth 2 nickels. Or a really hot female. Or a 6th defensive back brought in the place of a linebacker in an obvious passing situation.
I should've added a /sarcasm in there, hah.
I'm fairly certain that dimes can be traded for trinkets and autographs as well in some remote areas.
but it's an NCAA violation.
Holy smokes, can't believe it's been 8 years.
When was the last time we had anything remotely resembling depth in the secondary?
In 2003 we had Shazor, Jackson, LeSeuer, Leon Hall, Willis Barringer, and Markus Curry. That's not a list of all time greats, but it does mean there's enough depth to play a dime.
Black is a former WDE, now at 260 playing DT? I am having the same gut reaction to that as Cam Gordon at free safety. Just like FS at 2010, we've simply got nobody that we can put in there. That 3-tech spot might be a major Achilles heel this year. I'm guessing that Black won't be the starter by the end of the year.
Defensive line will be something to watch during the spring game and this fall. But luckily we finally have some depth and experience with our linebackers and defensive backs. I'm not too worried right now, but tomorrow may change my mind a bit.
If our NT is constantly drawing a double team, that leaves our 3-Tech on just a guard. Sometimes a smaller DT is just going to get mauled by some giant planet sized guard. Sometimes his speed with will let him blow by the guard and blow the play up in the backfield.
Also depends on what shows up. The big fear is if the NT doesn't command a double team, the smaller 3Tech can just be put on rollerskates and blown right out of the way by a double team, leaving a massive hole for the run game. Center and guard take the 3Tech out. Center releases and then you have the FB and Center to clear out linebackers. Bad things happen from there.
Wasn't there an interview with Black a week or so ago where he said he was up to 270 and plans/hopes to be 280 by fall?
Sometimes, especially with a 4-man front, have a slightly undersized but quick player at the 3-tech spot isn't a bad thing. We might just see more of QW against teams that run the ball a lot, or in obvious running situations.
When you make the guess the Black won't be the starter by the end of the year, who do you guess will take his place?
It seems to me that Ash/Washington are perfect complements to Black. Ash/Washington likely won't provide much pass rush, but they seem suited to stuff the run. Black should be disruptive against the pass, but might struggle against the run.
I think with these guys and Clark/Beyer that Mattison will have a lot of fun working the matchups this year.
I believe you are correct about the weight statement. I remember reading that somewhere within that last couple weeks as well.
I am not too worried about Black's weight as I think his speed will help make up for it. But I am mostly worried about the overall experience and depth (as is just about everyone else) at defensive line.
I think Black will turn into a pretty good 3-tech defensive tackle. In my opinion he is a pretty good fit, as is Roh at SDE. Time will tell, but although I worry about depth I think we will make it out this year better than expected at defensive line.
I honestly have no idea, but I expect to see a lot of shuffling around and experimentation until we find a 4-man combo that works the best . It sounds like we have 4 guys physically suited to play NT (Ash, Campbell, Washington, Pipkins), but the pickings are a lot leaner at 3-tech. Maybe we'll see two of those four on the field at the same time instead? How much of a disadvantage would it be to do that? Maybe we'll see Godin or the guy that they got at the last minute out of Glenville?
What concerns me is that if we go "quick and undersized" at DT, we are probably that way at SDE and WDE too (according to the official roster weights). I wouldn't be surprised to see them experiment with a true frosh at SDE and Roh shifted back over to WDE. I expect our D-line to be monstrously good in about the 2014/2015 timeframe, but until then, it might be pretty shaky if not downright bad.
Where in the world is Tamani Carter?
Jarrod Wilson is backing up Thomas Gordon at FS, but where is Carter? He's apparently been out --- anyone know the deal?
Tamani Carter has been absent from spring practices for undisclosed reasons.
(See last sentence of the post)
Actually Vada Murray played FS to Welborne's SS and had more career interceptions and pass breakups. Welborne was the better player but for the purposes of the question, I'd say Murray.
Why is Rivals stealing our headlines?
I just want to say I graduated in 2010, and my roommate is a recruiting/mfootball junkie (im a huge fan, follow the sites and "the blog" regularly, but not a JUNKIE) and I remember him telling me about Cam Gordon blowing shit up during spring ball in 2010 and 2011...just funny thats all.
Big Will is a beast. A man that fine looking deserves to start.