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Who do you guys have coming back on O and D.
I'll tell you who we're losing, because it's easier.
Frankie Hammond Jr.
Possible Junior draftees-
Matt Elam(jurys out)
Dominique Easley(jurys out)
Jordan Reed (jury's out)
Jelani Jenkins(not likely)
Probable returning starters (asterisk next to guys who could consider leaving for draft early, two next to those who will probably enter draft).
QB - Jeff Driskel
FB - Hunter Joyer
WR - Quinton Dunbar
TE - Jordan Reed*
C - Jon Harrison
RG - Jon Halapio*
RT - Chaz Green
DT - Sharrif Floyd**
NT - Dominique Easley*
DE - Jonathan Bullard
WLB - Jelani Jenkins*
SLB - Neiron Ball
CB - Loucheiz Purifoy
S - Matt Elam**
CB - Jaylen Watkins
P - Kyle Christy
This post was edited by Thomas Goldkamp 16 months ago
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So what does that leave on each side number wise I'm not entirely sure of your starters. There are some quality names in there.
I'd say most probable is 7 on offense, 5 or 6 on defense -- that said, the backup left tackle has started three games this year, and two true freshmen defensive ends have basically played starters snaps all year. There's a lot of experienced depth to fill in most of the gaps.
NM question answered. I thought you guys were bringing back much more. Having driskel back will be huge.
Like I said, the starter numbers are misleading. There are guys who have basically played starters minutes all year that are ready to step in at most spots. Running back and the second receiver spot are the two without surefire backups to plug in, plus safety could be a bit of a question mark.
There aren't a ton of qualtiy names, really.
Other than safety, most backups have played tons of snaps on defense, so I feel confident in saying they will be prepared to start next season.
On offense, biggest loss is Mike Gillislee. Trey Burton can fill in Hines' role and the OL starters are not a worry with the two transfers we have that will be eligible.
Even Gillislee's backup, Matt Jones, has gotten some extensive work this season. We're set up to have a good year next year.
Caleb Sturgis will be our hardest player to replace, IMO.
Go ahead and slide ROPO back into his starting buck position
Sounds like you guys will be solid again this year. I look forward to our match up. Hopefully Jarvis is inhuman and comes back (I know don't say that name) but not happening. Good luck in your bowl hope you kill em.
Yeah, but I can't consider him a starter without having played at all in 2012. For these purposes, wanted to leave him off. But he's definitely another one of those guys that should slide in seamlessly to help make up for a loss.
You also have that Maryland transfer at OT
I'm going to try and be as objective as possible, so here's my outlook on potential position improvements.
No doubt Driskel not splitting as many snaps during the offseason, not to mention his experience, will certainly make him a better player next year.
Gillislee is a good back, not a great back. Jones has more physical talent, IMO, but whether he and the rest of the stable of RB's can put it together is yet to be seen. Gillislee really disappeared at times this year, too.
Another year of experience for Joyer.
Hammond was a decent player, but Dunbar should really come into his own during this offseason. Not to mention we're adding at least 4 potential playmakers, and the two freshman from last class got quite a bit of experience.
It depends on what Reed does. If he comes back and Thompson & Taylor can earn some playing time, we'll be set. Burton and Westbrook will get another offseason of working on their receiving skills as well.
Trying to stay objective, because I really believe with DJ, Dunker, and our two transfers, we'll easily replace the holes left by Wilson and Nixon.
Loss of Floyd, Hunter, and McCray will be big. Though we will certainly have the talent to fill their shoes, especially considering our sack leader from a year ago will be healthy again, it can't be counted as a sure thing.
I love Bostic, but I think Morrison, Taylor, and Jenkins will fill his shoes well. Improved play from our SLB(Ball/Kitchens) position make this a wash.
Adding a stud or two, and keeping everyone we have. Another offseason of weights and training, they'll improve.
IF Elam comes back, this is a wash. If not, we're worse off. Evans improved this year, but didn't leave gigantic shoes to fill. Keep in mind that we are already deep at safety and are bringing in 3 more studs, we'll find one to replace him
We have Hardin ready to come off his redshirt year, but there's no doubt it will be near impossible for him to bring the consistency of Sturgis in his first year.
Another year of training for a steadily improving Christy.
We also have an OT transfer from Nebraska that's supposed to be even better
Nice post jwren, upvoted.
Not bad for a "fan", eh?
I don't know what this even means, but it's for you.
Me vs You (to scale)
Good stuff j
scrape the sides up...
tgs' has me dyin
jwren had a rough childhood, so he deserves the love. This is him at nine weeks old.
*mexi accent* I rehabilitate dogs and train people, I am the dog whisperer.*/mexi accent*
Jeff sent me this flyer that TG is handing out. Damn NOLA people.
btw- this is what you get when you type "gay cajun" into photobucket.
Imagine if you were a real Gator.
I'd just differ on these:
RB - Worsened. I think you underestimate the loss of Gilly
TE- Yup, depends on Reed..will either be improved or completely devastated.
OL- I'd go ahead and say improved here
LB - I'd say worsened here. Losing a senior at mike is tough, especially with how well Bostic played
Beatings will continue until morale improves
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