"Torrey has gotten bigger and has put on more weight since last year," said Curtis. "His wing-span is so great. He's become more aggressive with the way he's taking on blocks. Dillon Gordon (LSU commit) is at tight end and outside linebacker. He gives us a big body (6-5, 250) against teams that run to the outside. Dillon (pictured at bottom) is an all-around good player. His blocking on offense has been really good, even better than expected."
The Patriots' split-back veer offense has been churning out the yardage at an alarming rate. Seven backs have at least 94 yards rushing: RB Sherman Badie (569 yards), RB Raekwon James (367), QB Patrick Morton (367), RB Tevin Horton (307), RB George Moriera (204), QB Abby Touzet (134) and RB Jordan Bloomer (94).
"They're all running well," said Curtis. "And the line (anchored by Anthony Taylor and Brandon Godfrey) is blocking so well. We don't know where the ball is going on 90% of the plays; that's the nature of the triple option. We've had explosive plays that aren't typical."
Curtis mentioned several more defensive sparkplugs.
"Brandon Porter has been a nice addition at our linebacker/strong safety hybrid position. Against the spread, he'll be more of a defensive back and he's also big enough and physical enough to stop the run against traditional offenses. Brandon has had a couple of big picks for us and several nice tackles. Duke Riley (junior linebacker) is a tremendous player. He's real savvy and loves the game. He dissects the game and wants to understand why plays unfold the way they do. Duke can really run and has a long stride. His potential is through the roof, and I see no reason why he won't get offered by BCS schools.
"Eric Thomas (junior linebacker) has qualities that are similar to (former Curtis and SMU great) Vic Viloria. He can run and hit. Cyle Cortez (junior defensive lineman) has come on strong. He had a couple of nice sacks and a big hit last week. Chris Lorden has been tremendous. He's put on weight and is around 6-foot-1, 240 pounds. He's playing really, really well and we feel like he has the chance to play defensive end on at least the Division 1-AA level. He combines ability with passion."
Curtis also praised defensive backs Richard Allen and Jacolby Cooper, both members of the Patriots' immensely deep and talented junior class. Sophomore Terrance Alexander is a sophomore DB to watch. This week, the Patriots challenge Newman (3-3).