After redshirting last season, which of these redshirt freshman has the best chance of playing?
Big Red Report’s Josh Harvey and Bryan Munson, contributor Matt Svoboda, and 1620 The Zone’s Josh Peterson (@joshtweeterson), rank the group’s top four. The panel was asked to rank in terms of impact for next season being the decisive factor, but with the younger group, potential could be included into the equation.
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*** THE REDSHIRT FRESHMAN ***
1.) Jerald Foster, OL – The local product was impressive on Scout team according to teammates. Sometimes the idea of playing a younger player is appealing to a new coach – it gives them longer to work with him. Don’t be surprised to see the former HS All-American beat out some upperclassman.
3.) Jariah Tolbert, WR – The Louisiana prep didn’t get many opportunities in a rushing attack style offense in high school. After a year to work on his craft, including his route running, don’t be surprised if he becomes a target for quarterbacks.
4.) Mikale Wilbon, RB – The stable is full, but it’s hard to ignore the buzz about the former Illinois prep when it comes to him running the football. He hasn’t even registered a carry yet, but been throw into the same sentence as Ameer Abdullah.
1.) Nick Gates, OL – Gates is a player that I feel will really open the coaches eyes. His film, again to me, was similar to that of Jalin Barnett’s meaning he was really aggressive, has good technique and really finished his blocks. He could stand out quick this spring.
2.) Freedom Akinmoladun, DE – I had a high opinion of Akinmoladun already at tight end, but with the news that he’s moving to defense then that could be a coup for the defensive staff. I think that Akinmoladun is athletic, has a great frame and his best days are ahead of him on the football field.
3.) Glenn Irons, WR – Irons’ high school highlight film really impressed me mainly since he was a guy that starred both as a wide receiver and on special teams. Sounds eerily similar to DPE, but obviously he’s isn’t DPE. Irons can work in space and work the vertical game which will help him get noticed and add some value.
4.) Sedrick King, DE – People have kind of overlooked King mainly because he was a late addition last year, but I liked his film. He has a lot of length to his frame and there is a need for depth at the DE position.
1.) Mikale Wilbon, RB - Certainly has the ability to get some playing time, but will he be able to unseat the multiple players that are above him on the depth chart?P>
2.) Tanner Farmer, OL - The highly ranked lineman out of Illinois comes into a position group with assumed talent, albeit lesser results over the last few years. Big chance for him to make some noise.
3.)Sedrick King, DE - In a loaded position group, I like Keels to get some playing time in 2015.
4.) A.J. Bush, QB - There might be better players to sit at number four here, but few scout team players got as much hype as Bush did in 2014. But where does he fit into Mike Riley and Danny Langsdorf’s idea of an offense?
1.) Jariah Tolbert, WR - The defensive backs noted that Tolbert was significantly better than the rest of the scout team wide receivers last seasons. His 6-foot-3 height makes him a different kind of weapon for the position corps.
2.) 2) Jerald Foster, OL - All offseason coaches and players were impressed with Foster, on both sides of the line. He has a tough guy mentality that could make Coach Cavanaugh fall in love and earn him some serious time at guard.
3.) Peyton Newell, DT - With a thin defensive line it is easy to see Newell getting quite a bit of playing time behind Valentine, Collins, and Williams.
4.) Freedom Akinmoladun, DE. He has been moved to defensive end, which some thought was a better fit for him when he came out of high school. The DE spot is very thin and Freedom has good size and athleticism to be a playmaker. .
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