SU Football Scholarship Analysis

By my count, there are currently 66 players on scholarship set to return for next season. Since walk-on placekicker John Barker has been kicking field goals most of the season, I am going to assume he will be on scholarship next season as well. Assuming no one leaves or flunks out (very questionable assumption, but it did happen last year), that leaves 18 scholarships to award for the 2006 class. With the Nico Scott verbal today, SU now has 12 known and confirmed verbals

By my count, there are currently 66 players on scholarship set to return for next season.  Since walk-on placekicker John Barker has been kicking field goals most of the season, I am going to assume he will be on scholarship next season as well.  Assuming no one leaves or flunks out (very questionable assumption, but it did happen last year), that leaves 18 scholarships to award for the 2006 class. 

With the Nico Scott verbal today, SU now has 12 known and confirmed verbals (I won't count Anthoney Adamic for now because a reliable source indicates I shouldn't).  Assuming all 12 qualify academically (this hasn't been the case for at least the last 10 years), there are only 6 scholarships left to award. 

Let's assume everyone qualifies for now  and take a look at how things break down in terms of scholarships for next season, position by position: 

Quarterback 

Andrew Robinson

QB

FR

Joseph Fields

QB

JR

Matt Hale

QB

JR

Perry Patterson

QB

SR

This one is pretty easy. 

The ideal number of QBs on scholarship at any given time is 4. 

SU has 3 scholarship QBs returning for 2006, along with incoming frosh Andrew Robinson, and SU HC Greg Robinson has confirmed there will be no other QBs taken in the 2006 class. 

There is one outside possibility to consider.  SU frosh walk-on QB Cameron Dantley has impressed in fall practice.  Could he possibly win a scholarship?  My guess is that given the grave situation at other positions (see below), this could only happen if one of the current scholarship players transferred or flunked out.  And in that case, I would expect the staff would rather go after a JUCO QB instead.  But that might not be possible depending on timing.  So consider that a distant possibility.

 Running Back 

Jeremy Sellers

HB

JR

Curtis Brinkley

HB

SO

Paul Chiara

HB

SO

Kareem Jones

HB

SO

Tim Washington

HB

SR

Delone Carter

HB

FR

The situation here is more complicated. 

The ideal number of RBs on scholarship at any given time is 4.  We have 5 right now.  Not good.

However…. 

Jeremy Sellers has a broken foot that isn't healing.  And while he is by all accounts a program kid with great intangibles, SU probably has more quality players here than any other position.  And I think he is not big enough to play here.  Assuming his foot eventually gets better, I expect he will either be moved (probably to safety) or end up transferring. 

Tim Washington is another hard worker, good student, natural leader, program type player.  I see him helping to teach the youngsters how to play running back and getting some limited playing time in passing situations.  And I wouldn't be surprised to see him be voted a captain. 

Paul Chiara has gotten some playing time late in the year and has looked good as a receiver out of the backfield.  He is too good of an athlete to sit on the bench for 3 more years.  To my way of thinking, he gets moved to full back or safety.  I think he ends up at full back, where he can serve as a big play threat on short passing plays.   

Kareem Jones and Curtis Brinkley should be staples at this position for the next 3 years. 

Delone Carter is already in the fold for 2006.  If the plan is to move Sellers and/or Chiara, one would expect to see another RB in the class.  That person would ideally be Kevin Collier.   

Full Back 

Breyone Evans

FB

JR

Elon Mitchell

FB

RF

Tony Fiammetta

FB

SO

S. McDonald

FB

SR

The ideal number of FBs on scholarship at any given time is 4.  Right now we have 4, so life is good. 

I am speculating that Paul Chiara is going to be moved here.  If so, one would expect someone here will be moved elsewhere.  The most likely possible move is Elon Mitchell to DE or MLB.  I would be surprised to see a FB in this class.  If SU takes one, it will have to be a special player.   

Tight End 

Kyle Bell

TE

JR

Tom Ferron

TE

SO

B. Darlington

TE

SR

The ideal number of TEs on scholarship at any given time is 4. 

No TEs yet in this class.  Houston, we have a problem. 

Worst still, there are rumors Brandon Darlington may be moved to OT for his senior year. 

Look for SU to take one, or maybe two TEs in the 2006 class.

Wide Receiver 

Mike Willliams

WR

FR

Quinton Brown

WR

JR

Rice Moss

WR

JR

Daniel Bailey

WR

RF

Jeremy Horne

WR

RF

Lavar Lobdell

WR

RF

Richard Abney

WR

RF

Bruce Williams

WR

SO

J.J. Bedle

WR

SO

Landel Bembo

WR

SR

Timothy Lane

WR

SR

The ideal number of WRs on scholarship at any given time is 8.  SU has 11 slated to return in 2006!

Houston, we have another problem. 

Greg Robinson has already said a couple of these players will be moved to defensive back by the end of 2005. The only question is, which ones?  I will leave that speculation for another day.   

One would think there is no way SU would take another WR in the 2006 class but there is no question that despite the Mike Williams verbal, this position remains a high priority and SU will take another WR this year.  The other question is who.  Baskin and Graves look like the most likely candidates.

Offensive Tackles 

Adam Rosner

OT

FR

J. Meldrum

OT

FR

Carroll Madison

OT

JR

Eugene Newsome

OT

JR

Corey Chavers

OT

SO

Ryan Ehrie

OT

SO

The ideal number of OTs on scholarship at any given time is 7. 

I have Madison at OT because that is where I think he will play next year.  He has some experience there….the only real experience anyone on the team has at OT on the 2006 team.  And the staff has already shown they like him there more than the other players currently at OT. 

Let's also assume Darlington does get moved to OT (Mike Farrell was only off by 4 years).  

Further, let's assume Ryan Ehrie gets moved to OG, if for not other reason than to balance the number of players at tackle and guard.  That means SU is still looking to land 1 more OT for the 2006 class.  Book it.  And because there is a need to get a player who can step in and play right away, ezpect that player to be a JUCO.  And given the need for OTs, if they have a chance to take two quality OTs, they probably will (and leave Madison on the inside). 

Offensive Guard 

Jim McKenzie

OG

FR

R. Bartholomew

OG

FR

David Bouchard

OG

SO

Ryan Durand

OG

SO

The ideal number of OGs on scholarship at any given time is 7.  

Houston, we have another problem. 

I already have Ryan Ehrie headed back to OG.  That brings the number of OGs on the team in 2006 to 5.  Look for SU to add 2 more…..but if they are able to add 2 JUCO OTs, they might only take one OG. 

Center 

Marvin McCall

C

JR

Justin Outten

C

SR

Mike Sklarosky

C

SR

The ideal number of Cs on scholarship at any given time is 3. 

I am projecting Sklarosky will be moved to center this spring, but if the staff thinks Outten is not up to the task of starting here in 2006, look for Carroll Madison to be moved instead.  

I don't see any centers being taken in the 2006 class. 

Defensive Tackle

 

Nick Santiago

DT

SO

Anthony Perkins

DT

FR

Tony Jenkins

DT

JR

Arthur Jones

DT

RF

Chris Thorner

DT

SR

Shadeed Harris

DT

SR

The ideal number of DTs on scholarship at any given time is 8.

Houston, we have a problem.  Again.  The scholarship situation is really a mess right now.

I have Anthony Perkins, who is expected to enroll in the spring in 2006 but will not play spring football due to a knee injury suffered this fall at Milford Prep, penciled in at DT.  He is said to be able to play on both sides of the ball and given our dire situation at DT, it makes more sense to put him there.   

That leaves one more spot open at this position.  If rumors are to be believed, Reggie Gibson, a highly regarded DT from DeMatha HS in Washington, DC, is expected to take that scholarship.  

Defensive End

 

Jared Kimmel

DE

FR

C. Campbell

DE

JR

Jameel McClain

DE

JR

Lee Williams

DE

JR

Brandon Gilbeaux

DE

RF

Andrew Lewis

DE

FR

The ideal number of DEs on scholarship at any given time is 7.

I have Jameel McClain at DE based on his playing there last Saturday against South Florida.  And I have Jared Kimmel at DE instead of OLB, primarily because SU needs Des more than they need OLBs. 

Assuming Elon Mitchell or one of the linebackers don't get moved here, look for SU to sign two more DEs in this class.  And given that both starters are graduating, don't be surprised if one or both are from the JUCO ranks.  SU needs players that can step in and play immediately. 

Outside Linebacker 

Mike Owen

OLB

RF

Jake Flaherty

OLB

SO

Vincenzo Giruzzi

OLB

SO

Jamar Atkinson

OLB

SR

Jerry Mackey

OLB

SR

Luke Cain

OLB

SR

The ideal number of OLBs on scholarship at any given time is 7.

SU is in pretty good shape here, although the staff might opt to move Jamar Atkinson or Vince Giruzzi to DE to address the gaping holes left by graduating the 3 senior DEs.

Assuming the staff doesn't move anyone (Greg Robinson has already said he does not envision moving Giruzzi to DE), look for one more outside linebacker to be added to the class. 

Middle Linebacker 

Michael Stenclik

MLB

FR

Kelvin Smith

MLB

SR

The ideal number of MLBs on scholarship at any given time is 4.

There are many possible moves to address the depth issues here.  Let's assume none are made and SU adds one or two players at this position for the class of 2006.

Cornerback 

Matt Reid

CB

FR

Nico Scott

CB

FR

Jason Tanner

CB

JR

Derek Bailey

CB

RF

Nick Chestnut

CB

SO

Marcus Clayton

CB

SR

Tanard Jackson

CB

SR

Terrell Lemon

CB

SR

The ideal number of CBs on scholarship at any given time is 8.

Life is good here.  Nico Scott completes the circle. 

Safety 

Derek Hrinya

FS

FR

A.J. Brown

FS

SO

Ben Maljovec

FS

SO

Dowayne Davis

SS

JR

Reggie McCoy

SS

JR

Lamar McPherson

SS

RF

Donta Herrod

SS

SO

The ideal number of safeties on scholarship at any given time is 7.

Life is good here.  Derek Hrinya completes the circle.

Special Teams 

Rick Krautman

K

JR

Patrick Shadle

K

RF

John Barker

K

SO

 

LS

 

Brendan Carney

P

SR

The ideal number of special team specialists on scholarship at any given time is 4….one long snapper, one placekicker, one punter and another kicker who can hopefully placekick and punt.

I have John Barker on scholarship.  How can he not be on scholarship if he keeps kicking all the field goals?   

That puts four special teams players on scholarship and I am going to assume SU will be adding a long snapper specialist as well (Joe Neumann is graduating and Kevin Kopko, the walk-on backup long snapper is also a senior).

That would result in 5 special team players on scholarship in 2006.  Given the major areas of need elsewhere, I can't see this happening.  I don't know how it will be resolved, but I expect that either a) SU will not recruit a long snapper for the 2006 class or b) one of the kickers will leave the team.  

The worst part is, SU should really be adding a punter in 2006, so they can redshirt during Brendan's senior year and start for 4 years.  There are a lot of messes with the scholarship situation.  This might be the worst one.


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