Often times junior college transfers fail to live up to expectations and have a difficult time making an impact with their new teams. Minnesota is hoping Christyn Lewis and Tiree Eure can an impact on the field this season.
Christyn Lewis has been the player to draw the most praise out of the two junior college players. Lewis who was recruited to play cornerback was switched to safety during the summer and has played well at the position.
Lewis has been working with the first team defense at the nickel back slot which shows the coaches confidence in his coverage ability.
Although he is closer to 6-foot-0 than his listed height of 6-foot-2 and has a light frame, he plays bigger than his size and posses good speed to the ball.
He displays solid hip turn in coverage but seems to play the best when he can keep the play in front of him instead of having to turn and run with a receiver.
He will most likely be used as a hybrid cornerback/safety this year and should challenge for a starting spot at safety next year after Kim Royston and Kyle Theret graduate.
Tiree Eure is physically ready to play in the Big Ten. He is a massive tight end and every bit his listed 6-foot-7, 255 pounds. He carries his weight very well and is surprising agile for a player his size.
His development has been slowed this fall by a nagging hamstring injury but he has performed will in passing drills when on the field. He displays sure hands and makes difficult catches look easy.
The Saturday scrimmage will be a good test to see if he has the mentality to be an in-line blocker. If he proves he can handle the physical play, expect him to be in packages along the goal line and inside the red zone where his size and strength will create mismatches against linebackers and safeties.
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