How's our punter situation looking this year? Also, who will be the gunners this year? Is Cromartie still on it? Perhaps Bryant or Ford?
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Haven't seen much of Hall but I hear he's much more comfortable this year. Antonio Cromartie and Pat Watkins will be the gunners. Watkins, loves to play special teams.
Hey guys, maybe I am a bit behind but...
What is the status of our recruiting class? Who is here? Who didn't make it? Where did they end up?
Just need to try and get this figured out.
There are only three players that aren't on the team yet. Emmanuel Dunbar is one point shy on the ACT of
qualifying academically. He will stay
home and continue to take the ACT in hopes of enrolling with
What's the 411 on Rouse? Is he seriously looking elsewhere?
I think he is indeed looking around but I expect him to stay home in the
end. He attended every
Will McGrew hold off Buster at Mike?
2.) Which freshman corner is ahead of the rest? Will any redshirt?
3.) Who's ahead for our #3 RB right now? Lewis or Edwards?
4.) Has either Lee or Weatherford distinguished themselves from the other? Is Wyatt way ahead of both?
1). FSU linebackers coach Kevin Steele has a good problem at middle linebacker. Both Sam McGrew and Buster Davis were extremely committed this off season and showed in wonderful shape. Sam is considered the better run stopper because of his size; Buster is quicker laterally but he's also a tough nut in the gaps. There was a time when I wondered if either one of these two would be the answer in the middle. But both have made wonderful strides, with Sam in front coming out of spring. Unless Sam really falls off these final three weeks, he will start against the Hurricanes.
2). that's a good question and a difficult one to answer. In fact, I will probably know more after the scrimmage tonight. Even so, I went to receivers Craphonso Thorpe and Chauncey Stovall and rover Jerome Carter for help and, guess what? They were all equally impressed with the incoming defensive backs J. R. Bryant, Tony Carter, Trevor Ford and Joe Manning. Of the four, I would say Joe Manning, who is an impressive young man, probably has the farthest to go physically and will be redshirted. He has played both rover and free safety. Bryant and Ford have looked impressive in drills and during practice scrimmages. Jerome says the incoming group is extremely athletic and very anxious to learn. Thorpe and Stovall say the group is aggressive, physical and not afraid to make mistakes -- that's big for youngsters. I enjoy talking to Tony Carter; he's always in a good mood. While extremely quick, Tony is injured (shoulder) at the moment and if he falls too far behind, he could be earmarked for a redshirt season as well.
Running backs coach Billy Sexton really likes both, and there probably will be
some separation following the scrimmage. Jamaal Edwards seems to be farther
advanced in terms of running and pass-catching, but Lamar Lewis reminds a lot
of folks of Leon Washington --
4) There's no denying the potential and athletic ability of Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee. Both are impressive young men -- polite, personable and excited about being in Garnet and Gold. I am telling ya, it's going to be a wild, wild spring simply because this pair is so dang talented physically. But, as quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey has been quick to say this preseason, the duo has a long way to go in learning steps, scheme and terminology. That's where Wyatt has the huge advantage. Also keep in mind, he can zing the rock, too, and is a smart cookie as well. Is Wyatt "way ahead" of Drew and Xavier at the moment? Yes, simply because they are just jumping into the offense. But, past, both are said to be quick learners.
Which Redshirt freshman do you expect to make a splash this year?
How does Kenny O'Neal look so far? Does he have the look of a difference maker? How are Bradwell & Fluellen looking on the DL?
Kenny looks good but he has a little work to do before he gets some snaps at wide receiver which one would expect as a true freshman. Because of his amazing speed, he could very well be a difference maker on kick returns.
Bradwell and Fluellen are still in a learning process. Bradwell will probably see the filed quicker than Fluellen who needs to add some strength.
What are the odds of both Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford RS this year? I know that it probably isn't what will happen, but it is my personal preference (likely meaning that if that did happen that a) we are successful on the field; b) that we are healthy and c) that Wyatt does enough so that neither X or Drew are needed even in a backup capacity).
It's hard to say now because the coaching staff isn't quite sure what they are going to do yet. I've heard rumors that they wouldn't mind getting years separation between Weatherford and Lee. Neither quarterback has yet to take a snap in an 11 on 11 scrimmage situation.