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Agree. One of the kids greatest assets is his body control/change of direction. Lots of physical/jumbo type athletes play defense but very few have the ability to 'mirror' a ball carriers movement, out in space, like RF does. A lot of LBs at RFs weight are often 'victims' of a juke when in space. RF generally plants the ball carrier. He has the athleticism of an offensive skill player, IMO.
I agree Narrion, his body type alone will dictate that he work in these areas. He will be a terror against the run teams plugging the middle. He is more a Ray Lewis, Dick Butkus, Willie Lanier, Jack Lambert style of linebacker. He is not a LT, DT type. He will excel against the run teams we play and struggle in space against the T-A&Ms, Old Miss., Auburn teams partly due to his aggressiveness and agility.
Weight will be a major factor for him and a key. I have no doubt CNS and Coach Cochran already have plans for Rueben. The power teams like LSU is where Rueben will really shine.
This post was edited by Cosmo3 17 months ago
This. No doubt he can compete physically next fall but can he grasp the scheme? I'm not so sure he could be ready by then. Had he been an EE it would be different.
I think Allen is closer to Taylor than Foster!
Part of what makes Foster so great may very well hurt him at Bama. He is such a great downhill player, with great instincts, plays with a wreckless abandon, but that can get him out of position, cause him to lose gap integrity, he can be baited/tricked on plays, and he is such a downhill player he can lose discipline. No doubt he can be legendary at Bama, but his physical attributes aren't what will determine that, but his mental ability. Out defense runs off discipline, that's why in 4th quarter program during sprints the only way the players can catch a break, and catch a breath is to lean on each other, if they hit the ground or lean over they keep running, it teaches them to trust one another and to play for each other. As simple and cliché that may sound, I think that will really help Reuben.
This post was edited by IBELIEVE85 17 months ago
The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.
well for those of you who think he wont cut it cause of his size or what not, if depreist can do it foster can excel!!!!! he is just a little bigger, stronger, faster, meaner than trey. hopefully he will get it upstairs and if so its on like a chicken bone. he'll be gettin down like 4 flat tires out there this yr lol
Speaking of the Butkus award, he kind of reminds me of Dick Butkus. Downhill, hyperviolent and disruptive playwrecker.
You get out of it what you put into it!
He reminds me of Jerod Mayo. He has the size, instincts, striking ability, and side line to side line speed you cannot teach. I most certainly think he's a guy opposing offenses will have to game plan around once Foster becomes a starter. I don't think gap and back side discipline will be problem because of the instincts the kid has. He also doesn't appear to be very stiff in the hips like Nico that will prevent him from playing in space or in pass coverage. He's a legit Mike linebacker and Alabama's first elite linebacker recruit out of high school under Saban.
he'll play Mike or Will & must beat out Ragland,Duvall,Lee, & others before doing so.
can he ? yes
will he ? we'll see
but untill then he's just another talented player on a team full of talented players.
atleast this year i wont have to read a plethora of threads about which QB unseat's AJ.
This post was edited by Crimson_Ghost 17 months ago
It's unhealthy to have unrealistic dreams like that. (G)
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