Throughout fall camp our entire staff has seen some good, some bad and some unexpected. We're giving you an inside look at a group of freshman who have been consistently getting reps within the "2 Deep," and their performance on the practice field has thrust them into prime position to be contributors on game-day this fall. Landon Beck (DT)
A very thick body, and has been called “country strong” by the coaching staff. His listed weight of 245-lbs is NOT correct. We're being told he's around the 275-lbs and even closer to 280-lbs. Just last week Beck was moved from DE to DT. He immediately showed he will be a force and is pressing to get onto the field already taking a majority of snaps with the 2's. He maintains good leverage, uses his strength wisely, and has often been able to knife his way into the backfield or hold the line of scrimmage and make a play.
Kerry Walker (DE)
With Roosevelt Pearson being held out of practice the first week and a half, Walker has used the extra reps fully to his benefit. He shows a quick first step around the edge from the "Bandit" position. At 225lbs, he could use a bit more weight, but as a true freshman, getting bigger will not be a problem. He uses his length and arms to disengage from blockers and uses his extra gear to make plays. At 6'3", he's also got good height to bat down any passes that come his way.
Ishmael Davis (SLB)
One of the bigger surprises of camp, Davis is a walk-on red shirt from Killeen Ellison High School, but that hasn't stopped the 6'3" 223lb "Stinger" LB from getting his reps in the 2 deep. His height, athleticism and speed are similar to Walker's. He's shown good range being able to make plays outside in the flat, and at the same time be physical in the box. Has drawn praise from DC John Thompson for his play thus far and is expected to contribute.
Stedman Mayberry (RB)
With a loaded senior backfield of Lowe and Nutall, this red shirt freshman has still been able to show his play-making ability. Has a knack for finding the hole, and then exploding through it. Has broken off numerous long TD runs during camp, and has shown the ability to be a factor catching the ball out of the backfield as well. Is deceptively quick, physical runner and is bigger than his listed 5'10" 190lb frame. Will be getting reps in the "2 Deep."
Justin Gamble (WR)
With a group of unproven, but talented receivers, Gamble is doing everything he can to entrench himself in the rotation. He's excelled where others have struggled, in getting separation from defensive backs. He's shown the ability to get down field vertically, going for a 50-yard TD recently, and picking up chunks of yardage on deep posts when he's gotten over the coverage. Outside of the #1's, he and sophomore Kwamane Bowens have stood out running with the 2nd unit.
Bo Anderson (MLB)
The comparisons have already started. He wears #3 and has the long flowing locks of former TXST Bobcat, now Carolina Panther, David Mayo. It's extremely rare for any freshman to jump into a leadership position, but Anderson by far is the most vocal of any of the freshman. He did get reps at the "Stinger" position, but he's back to the "Mike" spot, which is a natural fit. Another player who has a non-stop motor and he's been showing his ability to make plays with the 2nd unit. When not helping line up other teammates, he's always encouraging them and is consistently putting himself in the right place at the right time.
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