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We were pathetically weak at tackle last year. Actually, guard was the only part of the line that was average or above. Just having Cochran back after a full year in the weight room makes us better. Kelley would be better than either Allen or Hopkins were at the first of last year. Hawkins is a tremendous prospect phsyically and has all the drive that is needed. He's simply make the jump from Juco to D1 ball. Ultimately, he may end up at right tackle and Cochran back at left; but the position has had a tremendous upgrade. The simple fact that Hopkins has moved back inside says all that needs to be said. Go back and watch the Cal. game if you need a memory boost. In all honesty, Greenlae would probably be an upgrade over what we started in game one last year.
This post was edited by gordosan 2 years ago
1) Actually, I believe I addressed Kicker as a "wildcard" at the end of the article. We have no information on the incoming guys' ability to deliver in D1 football situations. The existing guys are struggling in practice to deliver.
2) Jeremy Hills is, unfortunately, a non-factor. He's a great guy from a really good family. However, he goes down easily, has good but not great speed. He is what is know as "servicable". he does not raise the level of RB over prior year.
Re OT: you gotta be kidding me. You guys have not been paying close attention to the insiders comments on what's been happening in spring practice so far. I moved from "status quo" to "some improvement" as an act of faith that either Hawkins or Kelley will become consistent LT's before September along with Cochran's clear improvement. I'll not regurgitate here the Hawkins concerns both I and Searles seem to have, as I've already commented ad nauseum earlier in the thread. If you read it, why not respond on point to some of it?
I think we'll be fine at short yardage situations with JB as well.
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No, Kelley would not be better than Hopkins. Nothing Kelley has ever shown would indicate that he would be. If he had, Kelley would have caught Searles attention last season (just 2.5 months ago) and gotten some meaningful game reps. He did not. Hopkins was clearly better, and that's why he got the start.
Fast forward to now: Hawkins is having trouble keeping Kelley out of 1st team reps. Doesn't this tell you something???
Don't get me wrong. I love that we went and got Hawkins. I do think he'll win the starter role. But it is a bigger adjustment than most seem to realize. To think we'll be dramatically improved (at LT) by September is something none of the insiders have said. Hopes are high for sure. If Hawkins could play at his peak level consistently, then yes. But nothing supports that that has been happening. The opposite has been reported. All you who think our OT problems are solved may want to tap the breaks a bit...At least let Hawkins show he can beat out Kelley and then perform well in the spring game...
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Good discussion guys. I think this thread may have run it's course. No one seemed interesting in commenting on the stats from the 5 losses... I thought those were pretty interesting...
If you guys have a guy that will improve the DT position after Rhandall leaving, nobody will run up the middle. I agree with the other poster, that guy was a player. I was amazed at how ineffective the LBs were behind him because he wasnt able to be blocked by one person most of the game. But we will see.
There is nothing more dangerous in this world than a man with nothing to lose.
If the reports about Edmond's speed are correct, receivers will not run 5-6 slants over the middle (much less in a row). They will be calling over the stretcher after the second one. A natural middle linebacker is a fearsome thing to play against if you worry at all about your body.
If we are being shined on by our staff, then I agree with you.
It depends on the scheme of the defense. In some schemes, part of the DT's job is to tie up blockers so that the LBs can make the tackles. In others, it is every man for himself in covering their assigned portion of the field. Manny changes things up so often, seemingly in the middle of a play everything will change, that it is tough to tell whether we should have had linebackers with 15 tackles a game or not.
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