Irvin played some outside linebacker during his freshman season, but he moved to defensive end on Saturday, and he showed a burst off the edge that made him too much to handle for the right side of the Pasadena offensive line.
Much more than just a speed rusher, Irvin also read plays well that were going away from him, making several backside tackles. His motor was running full speed on all plays, and it wasn't uncommon to see him in on a play 20 or more yards down field.
Irvin plays with his head up and makes excellent reads. Irvin made several drive ending plays, but one of my favorite plays was one that will simply show up as a tackle on the stat sheet. As an option play was going away from him, begins his rush upfield, recognizes the option, changes his path immediately, and chases down the pitchman for a moderate gain. It's one of those plays that doesn't have a big impact in the stat sheet, but makes a Scout say "wow" when watching.
After repeatedly being beaten, at one point the Pasadena offensive lineman resorted to simply diving at his ankles from behind as Irvin blew past him.
Overheard from the coaches booth closing in on halftime "that number 11 is their MVP right now". Yes he was coach.
Originally from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., Irvin looks eerily similar to another former Stephenson Jaguar, Florida's Jermaine Cunningham.
Irvin is currently rated 4-Stars by Scout as a defensive end, and it's not beyond the realm of possibility that he rises from there.
#11 DE Bruce Irvin vs. Pasadena (9-5-09)
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