Such is the case with Roy Denson. The 6-0 180 DB/WR from Florida's Ida Baker High School is a player that can make an impact, an immediate impact in fact, on either side of the ball, which has Ball State's WR Coach Keith Gather and DB Coach Shannon Morrison having a healthy debate about which side Denson will end up on.
Denson is currently listed as a defensive back, both per the press release regarding the recruiting class and on the Ball State roster, so it appears that Morrison has won out … at least for now. So we will go with that.
Strengths:Denson has solid size and excellent speed for a corner. He is big and tough and not afraid of contact in the run game. He has good instincts and recovery speed. He sinks his hips and changes direction fluidly. At his size, if coaches want him to pack on another 15-20 pounds, he could even eventually find himself as a Safety, but for now, his home will be as a defensive back.
What to Work On: For Denson, it will be all a matter of picking up the little things and adding weight and strength to his frame. He has the skill set to make an impact, it will just depend on his work ethic – which we hear is a strong suit for him.
What to Expect This Coming Season: Despite the returning players in the secondary, I can see Denson playing right away. He has good speed and tools to make a solid gunner on special teams. He also can figure in as a back up DB and possibly an extra DB in a dime package if need be.
Tomorrow's player: Jordan Hogue.