What happened? - As per usual, like most coaches, Chris Petersen was not forthcoming on a reason why sophomore DE Marcus Farria was dismissed from the team, other than stating that the sophomore was dismissed for a "violation of team standards". We're hearing that Farria had shown a pattern of showing up late or not at all for team related activities. Does that mean he was late to team meetings? Late for voluntary workouts? A no show for team building stuff like barbeques and other events? It's really tough to say. Farria was almost impossible to reach as a recruit and that's pretty much the case now. The hope is that he can find his way to another program where he can focus and get himself an education. Everyone who has seen Farria play and worked with him believes he's an NFL-talent, but if you can't abide by team rules/standards, then it will be really hard for you to find a place on a high-level football team.
What happens now? - Farria was just 225 pounds, so, in all likelihood, he would have wound up playing the BUCK/OLB spot and that is a spot that will be manned by senior Hauoli Kikaha, junior Cory Littleton and sophomore Psalm Wooching this season.
Littleton really came on as a sophomore last fall, finishing second on the team with 10 tackles-for-loss and five sacks while posting 62 tackles (good for sixth on the team), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
This spring, Wooching was the talk of camp as the coaches were very excited to see his aggression, physicality and athleticism at the position. His development will go a long way in mitigating the loss of Farria.
The Future - The future at this position could wind up being the likes of either Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Ca.) DE/LB Casey Toohill as well as George Bush (Houston, Tx.) DE/LB Myles Rice.
Both are very athletic and can get after the quarterback.
Toohill has great instincts and physicality while Rice brings the outstanding athleticism and intensity the coaches love.
Impact Of The Loss Of Marcus Farria
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