but we have really failed at recruiting CBs. Collins and Dean are Petrino holdovers, Richardson was a walk-on (good player though), Floyd washout, Sykes washout, Dalton appears to be a bust, we didn’t sign a single CB last year until we landed Tutt this summer. I guess our 5th CB is now FR-RS walk-on Byron Keaton?
Can’t afford anymore injuries there and we have 11/12 games left.
To me, them not signing a CB in February was huge, given the secondary issues. I know they got Tutt later, but that’s still just one. And like you said, the success rate with the ones they’ve gotten hasn’t been great. I do really like Toliver.
I think this freshman group is an important LB class, too. Brooks Ellis and Dre Greenlaw were the only 2 LBs they played Saturday. Obviously they’re in a nickel, so there’s not an opportunity for the SAM to play. But the depth in the unit is shaky. De’Jon Harris should be a good one. Giovanni LaFrance is someone they like. Time will tell how they pan out. But there have been a lot of misses in Bielema’s first few classes.
It really hurt them when the kid they found flipped on them and went to Fla sight unseen. That was some dirty pool and it skewed their numbers. They also had Sykes transfer despite being someone with a shot at making the 2 deep.
Cornelius Floyd was going to be an upperclassmen who hadn’t cracked the 2-deep and struggled to stay academically eligible.
He transferred and I’m not sure where he went.
I think they may try to convert a WR or too to DB. It certainly makes sense in terms of #s.
Obviously Spaight worked out fantastic. Tavarres not so much.
In their third years on campus. Hackett is the starter at SAM and the coaches liked his fall camp, but he was inconsistent last year and hasn’t shown it in a game. Williams obviously had the leg injury. Was an average starter before. Eugene isn’t trusted enough to give Greenlaw a blow.
Graham’s no longer with the program. Jackson isn’t at LB anymore. Greenlaw is a stud.
So of the 8 in 3 classes, 2 are impact players, 2 are average/below-average starters or decent backups to this point, 1 is a backup who rarely plays and 3 are no longer with the program.
Right. Inadvertently wrote he was gone. Edited to reflect that. But obviously he was recruited as a LB and isn’t there anymore. Asked to move to FB when he couldn’t get playing time at LB (even though it was as a true freshman ha).
I think the only way he plays much is if Hayden Johnson really struggles. He was up-and-down Saturday but played well on the final plays.
He mentioned today that he and Hayden Johnson will compete for reps this week. I don’t think Hayden had a great day until the final drive, but I would lean heavily toward him being the guy until proven otherwise. Now, if he really struggles to start Saturday, maybe we see a switch. But he’s been the guy there all fall camp.
Not all receivers make good corners. Everything I’ve been told is they have to have a lot of hip flexibility; more so than a receiver.
Why you would take one of our best possession receivers and try to make him a corner is beyond me! I mean if you’re going to try to convert someone, I’d be looking at Cody Hollister but I still don’t think that’s the right move.