A Deeper Look: Linebackers

RaiderPower.com takes a look at how the Red Raiders stack up at the linebacker position. We take a look at the current depth and experience Tech has on roster and discuss how the new recruits will fit in.

The Players:

MLB/WIL - Fletcher Session - SR (6’0, 229) - Tyler John Tyler

Fletcher is the only returning starter and the only guy we know will start at LB in 2006

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 12 43 38 81 5 2 2 1 10
2004 12 26 9 35 5.5 1 4 1 11.5
2003 11 19 1 20 4 4

 

LB - Paul Williams - JR (6’2, 227) Tyler Lee

Paul is the next best guess for a starter. Remember he played as a true FR in 2003 as we were so thin at LB, then RS in 2004

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 12 8 9 17 2 1 1 4
2003 11 1 1

 

The Unknowns:

MLB - Brock Stratton - SR (5’11, 214)  San Antonio Roosevelt

We have no idea what to expect from Brock. Lyle could reinsert Brock back into the starting lineup or Brock may never take another meaningful snap.  

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 4 6 6 1 8
2004 11 32 30 62 4 2 6
2003 13 61 34 95 5 1.5 1 1 1 8.5

 

SAM/DE - Keyunta Dawson - SR (6’2, 260)  Shreveport Evangel

Lyle will experiment with Keyunta this spring at LB, presumably at SAM due to his size and speed. The stats listed below are at RDE, not LB.

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 12 40 22 62 3.5 2.5 1 4 2 9
2004 12 16 10 26 9 6.5 1 2 1 1 19
2003 13 11 5 16 5.5 4.5 1 0 1 12

 

The Role Players:

These are the guys who will play here and there and contribute but do not seem likely to start.

MLB - Chad Hill - JR (6’0, 227) Lubbock Coronado

Another guy we hope comes back from an injury. He was a solid player we could trust against most teams and only worry when we played top teams. Not bad for a former walk-on.

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 3 2 2 1 1 2
2004 12 3 3 6 1 1

 

WIL - Brent Slaughter - SR (6’1, 215)  Wimberley

Brent is another walk-on who made the most of his opportunity and contributes, but is never going to start.

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 7 3 2 5
2004 12 10 1 11 1 1
2003 13 10 3 13 1 1 2

 

OLB - Kellen Tillman - SR (6’2, 237) Plano West

Kellen could have been a star for us if not for injuries. He played healthy this year but rarely saw the field. He could be in the mix for a starting job if he turns it up this spring, but most likely another role player.

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 9 5 5 1 6

 

OLB - Calen Shearer - SO (6’1, 212)  Austin Westlake

A walk-on who contributes in blowouts and could see more playing time in the future, but probably never starts.

GP Solo Ast Tot TFL Sack Int BPU QBH FR FF Big
2005 8 6 3 9 1 1 2

 

The guys with no discernable stats or contribution:

LB - Jamequinlon McGill - SR (6’2, 234)  Dallas (Tyler Junior College)

LB - John Knust - SR (6’1, 247) Houston Stratford

LB - Eric Moses - SR (6’4, 225)  The Woodlands

 

The Redshirt FR:

OLB/DB - Jordan Thomas - RSFR (6’0, 200)  Keller

He is either going to play WIL or S. He ran 4.55 at Tech’s summer camp. He came in a carbon copy of Fletcher Session. His SR season, he had 57 tackles, 7 PBU, 3 INT (1 returned 108 yards for a TD), and 2 sacks. Benches 300+, and ran a 22.8 in the 200 M.

 

SAM/DE - Sandy Riley - RSFR (6’1, 258 ) - Houston Westfield

Was a TE in HS, came in 23 pounds heavier than expected, but supposedly getting down to 245. His dad was a drill sergeant in the army and Sandy supposedly has that mentality on D. The most logical choice for him at LB would be SAM, possibly backing up Key, assuming Key plays LB and plays SAM.

 

MLB - Ryan Hale - RSFR (6’0, 201)  Baytown Lee

116 tackles and 1 sack as a SR, and runs a 4.62 40. Ryan comes in with similar frame of Mike Smith. He looks to be a MLB in the works, but starting in 2006 is a long shot.

 

The True FR:

These are true freshmen that could Play in 2006.

SAM/RDE - Dwayne Bazile - FR (6'3, 235)  Galveston  Ball

He could play LB, RDE, or RS. A lot of it may depend on how Dawson does at LB this spring and who else steps up at those positions. Dwayne playing as a true FR isn’t quite as easy to call as Dixon was last year, but I tend to lean towards seeing him on the field somewhere in 2006.

 

MLB/SAM - Brian Duncan - FR (6'1.5, 235)  Baton Rouge Tara

This is an odd one. He was well known in LA, but got little interest. As a SR, he had 83 tackles, 4 sacks, and 3 FF. He was 1st team All-District and 2nd Team All-State. I get the feeling we will see him as a true FR or it is a long road to the field. This is Joel Filani on D, good stats, good size, good speed, but the local schools are not interested. Hopefully, it won’t take him 3 years to be productive on the field.

 

LB - Julius Howard - FR (6'0, 220)  Irving Nimitz

If he plays in 2006, it will be at LB. He would play MLB or WIL most likely in Lyle’s scheme. He could RS to bulk up a little and play rush end. He does have pretty good speed, supposedly around 4.5. This is Mike Smith’s size as a RSFR with Fletcher Session’s speed. This is a guy most people in DFW know. He is supposedly one of the most intense players in Irving. He also played on O some as a slot back.

 

Not in the 2006 LB Picture:

MLB - Marlon Williams - FR (5'11, 215)  Pflugerville

Small, athletic player who impresses people who see him play. He probably needs a RS year to add some weight. This is a Brock Stratton, maybe not as fast, but not 2 years removed from football and has a RS year worth taking.

 

WIL/S - Franklin Mitchem - FR (6'2.5, 210)  Klein

If he plays in 2006, it will be at S. The most likely scenario for Mitchem is to RS and see if they can add 20 lbs without sacrificing his speed, which is 4.72.

 

WIL/S - Blake Collier - FR (6'1.5, 208 ) Justin Northwest

He is a legit speedster and ran the 100 M on their track team. Northwest has a fast D and their players are probably playing a position heavier in HS than what they will in college. Blake could play and possibly start at S in 2006. It depends on how quick he picks it up in August. He needs 15 to 20 lbs to play LB at Tech though. This is a slightly bigger, faster Fletcher Session.


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