Regis, looking like a threat in 5A this season, dismantled a struggling young Mullen squad 44-19 Friday night. Here is a look at the some of the college talent on the field.
Right off the start the player that showed the greatest potential to star at the college level was Mullen kicker J.K. Scott. The 2014 prospect and Alabama commit has a cannon for a leg. This season, points come hard for the Mustangs, but if they can get to the 40 yard line they have a shot. Scott hit a 41 yard field goal,wind added, with 25 yards to spare. Most impressive were sky shot punts that allowed coverage to limit a good Regis punt returner. Scott is also good for a touchback on every kickoff, which is very important for a Mullen D currently trying to find itself. At some point Scott will contribute for Bama.
Fellow Mullen senior Reid Stables is currently playing left tackle for the Mustangs. In best case scenario he is a guard and could, in college move to center. Stables had, at times, a tough chore in blocking Regis pass rush specialist Terran Hasselbach. Stables was very good as a run blocker, but struggled athletically at times in pass blocking.
Although he got dinged up in the game I'm intrigued by 2015 Mullen wideout Ryan Manning. A very long 6-4, Manning had nine catches in a week one loss to Ralston Valley. Beyond his size, Manning is a hands catcher, but he will have to tighten up his route running in that he is a possession receiver, not a deep threat.
Having watched Regis multiple times this season, I'm impressed with the team they put on the field. Running the ball and good defense are keys to this year's squad. If they can become a team that consistently completes passes they will be tough out come playoffs.
Focused quite a bit on DE/OLB Terran Hasselbach. There is much to like about the 6-2 230 pound 2014 prospect. First, Hasselbach, with a great first step and the ability to use his hands, can get after the passer. Hasselbach also employs multiple moves and is not a one trick, speed rush pony. Also, I like that in the Regis D he works with his hand on the ground and from an up position. Either way he still gets after the passer. Like many pass rushers he will need to become stouter against the run. Most likely an outside backer in college, I would like to see how he handles coverage.
Hasselbach's teammate Grant Neal, a running back and defensive back, is a runner that colleges should take a look at. Built low to the ground, but with surprising speed, the state champion wrestler is a one cut back that gets north and south quickly.
Regis has one of the best O-lines in Colorado and the unit is a key to the now and future success of Regis. Watching junior left tackle Jack Maly, a smart lineman with athleticism showed out. Maly can run block and has the ability to pull down the line and get people. At 6-4 240, he is a potential guard in college.