Sam Webb on 2014 RB Recruits

Submitted by jbibiza on January 20th, 2014 at 9:55 AM

On this morning's Recruiting Roundup Sam suggested that there is a good chance that neither Jones nor Mack will be part of our 2014 class.  He said that his opinion on both had changed over the weekend.  Details apparently to follow on Scout.

Kind of a surprise - and not in a good way.  



January 20th, 2014 at 2:28 PM ^

When you get around 20-23 recruits per season and there are 22 starters, I think you should be aiming at approximately 1 of everything per year ( meaning 2 receivers, 2 OT, 3G/C, etc). I never understand why people make it more complicated than that.

Sure attrition comes into play, and if you land 2 of something one year (like RB last year), you have the option to adjust or only go after true blue chippers. I just don't think you should ever go into a year thinking there is any position that you don't want anyone.


January 20th, 2014 at 4:21 PM ^

For example, you don't need to play three LGs each game, but you will often play three RB.  Also one guy can backup both LG and RG, while a backup QB can't (usually) play any other position.

Also, scheme matters.  When Rodriguez came in he needed a bunch of WR.  When Borges came in he needed TEs and FBs.  Nuss doesn't want to use as many FBs.

IMO, QB is the one position you should take every year.  You need to address other position GROUPS consistently (OL, DB, LB, WR) but for individual position there can be many good reasons to take a year off or cluster.

Generally, I like the idea of 22 starters, but you have to be flexible to field special teams players, if nothing else.


January 20th, 2014 at 7:17 PM ^

If you take one at each position and preferably red shirt everyone, eventually you will have 110 scholarship players. Also, there are times when you go best available player. Like if the #1 & #2 RBs want to come your school are you going to say no to one of them? Then add in attrition and it gets complicated quickly

Mr Miggle

January 20th, 2014 at 8:01 PM ^

where it doesn't make much sense. There are many variables in roster management. You simply have to look at your team as it is each year to see where your needs lie.

There aren't 20-23 scholarships to hand out each year. It's more like 16-27 and you don't always know who you're going to get. Aside from attrition, there are also going to be a number of position changes. There are more than 22 positions too. We have three scholarships allotted to special teams. Then there are nicklebacks and dimebacks needed on defense and a variety of formations on offense that require different players.

Some positions require more depth than others. We rotate a lot at RB and DL. OL rarely do and almost always redshirt. Five classes of five would leave great depth there at the cost of depth elsewhere. They are also somewhat interchangeable, Magnuson was on the depth chart at three positions. OL play very little on special teams, unlike LBs, DBs, WRs and RBs.