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Who do you guys think will be the player or players that come out of nowhere and produce in 2013? (Kinda like LaDarrell McNeil and, to an extent, Zach Rogers did in 2012) Pick one for offense and defense.
Offense: Jason Croom (RS Freshman WR). At 6'5" 230 lbs, this guy is an absolute freak physically. I don't think there is a defensive player in the SEC who can match up with Croom physically. I repeat: I do not think there is a defensive player in the SEC who can cover Jason Croom. He's 6'5 230 and runs in the 4.5-4.6 range. Questions do remain about him: How will he respond to being put into the main rotation at WR? How good of a motor does he have? Does he have the route-running skills, blocking skills, and, most importantly, hands to go along with his freakish stature? Even with the question marks, I think Croom is poised for a huge, huge, huge year in 2013. I'm talking in the 900-1000 yards receiving range. Call me crazy, but I've been extremely high on this kid since we signed him.
Defense: LaTroy Lewis (RS Freshman DE). Another 2012 kid that I have been high on since we signed him. IIRC he was a 4* recruit coming out of the talent-rich state of Ohio. I think the reason Lewis didn't contribute much last year was because his size does not fit a 3-4 scheme. At 6'4" 238 he's too big to play LB but too small for DE. I think Lewis will be hand in glove at the LEO position in the 4-3 under Jancek. He does need to get a bit stronger in the upper body, but spring and summer training can cure that. He's a guy that runs in the 4.7-4.8 range, which is pretty decent for a D-Lineman. From his film, he has nice quickness and has impressive "finesse" moves at the line. He looks like a potential stalwart in pass rushing (something we've lacked for about 5 years now) and really seems like someone who can, even if he doesn't get a sack, get in the backfield and just make the opposing O's plays FUBAR. I think Lewis is a budding star, and him being a RS Freshman next season makes me downright giddy.
What say you, board?
This post has been edited 4 times, most recently by Fear_Smokey 17 months ago
"What did he do? All he did was score!" - John Ward
I hope it is Downs, Bowles, Croom, McNeil and whoever starts at OLB with Maggitt.......I also wouldnt mind J WIlliams at DE as we have wished for J Smith for 2 years now. Miller at SDE maybe would be a good one too. We need a lot of breakout players this year.
This post was edited by SamVolsam 17 months ago
OLB is definitely going to be a position to watch. Outside of Maggitt, we have huge question marks there.
Offense: I'll go with Bowles.
Defense: Corey Miller, defense fits him perfect.
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I'm extremely high on Jordan Williams. I think the 3-4 did him no good. Put his hand on the ground at DE in the 4-3, I think he can explode on the scene.
Offense: I'd like to see Justin Meredith come in from the sidelines and have a killer season!
Defense or whatever he plays: Jalen Reeves-Maybin. I think he has the potential to contribute soon. Enough said.
Give Him Six!
"Those with the most invested are the last to surrender."
Here's my best guess:
Offense: QB, either Worley or Peterman. Whichever CBJ decides on. The QB must have a good year or it will kill the offense. May the better player play.
Defense: I would go with Maggit, but I don't know what his status is after the injury. Hope he can come back with the same speed and quickness. Instead of Maggit, I will go with Jacques Smith. If the backend can be solidified, the 2013 defense has a chance to be special. Big McCullers would be my darkhorse here. He's had a whole year to get into better shape and he will not be able to be double teamed as much in the 4-3.
Come and take them.
Offense: Jason Croom, Drae Bowles or Alton "Pig" Howard.
Defense: LaDarell McNeil or Izauea Lanier (EDIT:if he returns to the team)
This post was edited by utkdominic 17 months ago
Latroy Lewis didn't contribute due to season ending injury in camp.
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