Meet the New Mids: Defensive Line pt II
Cole Wright was a starter at defensive end last year at the Naval Academy Prep School. He was another under the recruit uncovered by Navy coach Chris Culton in Florida. Wright is 6-6 and 245 pounds. He played both defensive end and tight end in high school. Cole has a huge senior year when he made 66 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss and had 8 1/2 sacks. Despite his production he was bypassed by almost all Division I programs because of his frame. Wright is a very tall, rangy player. However, he is athletic with good feet, quickness and 4.7 speed in the forty yard dash. He was able to use his height to knock down passes last year. He has the wing span and functional strength to ward off blocks and get upfield rushing the passer. Wright needs to be more consistent and avoid his natural tendency to play too high. Last year he did give ground at times defending the run at the point of attack. Cole has worked hard this off season and added twenty pounds since his senior year. He has a nice upside to his game but needs at least a year in Mike Brass's weight room to reach his potential.
John Ferguson (6-3, 240) was a reserve defensive lineman last year at the Naval Academy Prep School. The Texas native was an offensive and defensive tackle at John H. Guyer high school. Ferguson is mobile and moves well. He offers nice size with the frame to fill out and potentially add more weight. He needs to spend plenty of time in the weight room. At this point Ferguson has to become bigger, stronger and more physical to be an FBS lineman. He chose the Mids over Air Force and Oregon State.
Patrick Forrestal (6-4, 305) is a big physical direct admit wide body from Georgia who chose Navy over Yale. Last season at Deerfield Windsor high school he played on both sides of the ball. On defense he made 77 tackles and posted three sacks. Forrestal was generally considered to be one of the top high school defensive linemen in Southwest Georgia. Patrick often dominated the opposition. He has excellent quickness for a big player. There were times last year when Forrestal ran down running backs in the backfield and on screen passes. He's a very active and expects to eventually compete at nose guard.
Robert Dusz was a backup nose guard last season at the Naval Academy Prep School. Dusz is from Scottsdale, Arizona. Dusz stands six feet tall and weights 280 pounds. He played both defensive line and offensive line for Saguaro high school in Arizona. In 2011 he made 20 tackles and posted five sacks. Dusz is a competitive player who battled hard when he played. He is short and struggled at times at the point of attack. He's not the most agile player and often failed to get off blocks to make tackles. He needs to get stronger and faster to become a factor down the road. Robert chose Navy over an offer from Air Force.
Next: Meet the new Mid Linebackers.
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