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Signed four or five of the best last year. There is a lot of interest in Reuben Foster. How does he stack up against the group that's a year ahead of him? I think he might be behind these guys.
Fwiw some said RF was the best lb in high school in 2011 (his jr season class of 2012 sr) regardless of year
CNS doesnt post on here (G) but I am sure we will all get a better gauge as how the start of production at that position will play out this coming spring practices and A day. IMO, and this is just MHO after how CNS recruited DE/LB this class, I am anticipating a little change in style and scheme from the DE/LBs. CNS loves to have overpowering End play to seal point of attack at the LOS and it appears that he wants to free up athletic types more so that more impact plays at the QB will be produced. As good as we were, I dont think CNS was too happy at how we weren't able to affect the QB without blitzing. Again, JMHO after listening to him and seeing the type of player he targeted in this class at the position in question. I wouldn't be surprised to see alot of DJP and DD in '13. Im real big on DD, he made plays when called upon and his motor is much better than AH. It'll be fun to watch and see who gets called to get the most reps in the LB and LB/DE tweener roles. Much will change I suspect. Cant wait for Spring Drills!
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I expect the guys to get the most action will be CJ, DePriest, and Ragland in the middle....Hubbard, Dickson, Devall, and then Patrick on the edges (possibly throw in Pettway as well, if he officially moves to one of the LB spots).
I think RF will get the same type of mop-up duty that Ragland, Hayes, and others got last year (just like most freshman) and he'll see a good bit of special teams play. The good thing about RF is that he is physically ready to make an impact, but the mental side of things will always limit any freshman. If we didn't have the depth and leadership at that position, like we do, then obviously we would play him and deal with the mental lapses early on. Luckily are margin for error is so big right now, and we have the benefit of not forcing players into positions they are not quite ready for. Now having said that....if he does come in and grasp all the defensive concepts very quickly, then I could definitely see him jumping ahead of Patrick on the edge or even Ragland in the middle.
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just looking at the inside guys, you have cj pretty much playing all the time and depriest playing a whole lot, obviously. i think based on down and distance you can and will see some ragland (unless he just blows up and passes depriest altogether) and POSSIBLY some foster if he learns the playbook....dont see lee or hayes getting any real PT this year.
outside you basically have our 2 startes plus deval, and possibly allen and pettway getting involved on passing downs
I second what has already been said. If RF learns the playbook early, watch out.
I hope Reuben catches on to the system fast !! Really excited about him!
I see Rueben taking over Nico's role in regular where he can be turned lose to blow up the run game. Rueben's ability to blitz will not go unused also but mostly out of the regular 3-4 package. Rueben will be a 3 year player so the quicker he picks up the scheme the more he will play because a defender with his talent don't come around every year. Also his ability to blow up the run and blitz to affect the QB can really affect the game.....
DePriest and Ragland could be a battle to watch as in my opinion DePriest needs to show that he has the speed and ability in coverage to be an every down LB.It is something that he really struggled with and also limited our defense last season vs the pass. I expect Ragland to push DePriest and may take the position outright by the mid point of the season. Either way this is a hole that the Bama coaches will look to shore up with somebody and Ragland is a good bet. DePriest will continue to play a lot in regular and a Depriest at Mike and Rueben Foster at Will look may work in regular?
I really like the OLB combo of Dickson, Duvall and Hubbard. Dickson really started to make the next step the 2nd half of the season and I expect that he will be more of a pure playmaker the remainder of his UA career. Duvall may have a higher ceiling than Dickson overall though and I expect him to play a lot in pass rush. Hubbard had a good year but should become a bigtime problem for opposing teams as a pass rusher. Hubbard is wanting to leave after his JR season and I fully expect a huge amount of progress and he should be a nightmare for QB's and OC's.
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Should be some great competition in the spring
Dillon Lee was playing a lot in blowout games. Devall played all season. Ragland got some good mop-up duty too. Since we are in Nickel most of the time, I think CJ and Trey play the most. Devall will push for a lot of time at Jack/DE but Hubbard is the clear starter there. Tana seems to be that SR type player that could provide leadership and help, especially in the base defense.
As for the new-comers - I think we have to watch it unwind. As we know injuries can change all fo this and also how the kids actually perform on the field. But I am guessing we see 2 or 3 new faces all year long, with a couple of them emerging late in the year as the "next ones"
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