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    Linebacker depth and progression

    Here's the latest spring depth chart, feel free to update if there is something new out:

    SLB Justin Rumple 6-3 212 JR
    Josh Raven 5-11 230 SR
    Kevin Hamlin 6-3 210 FR#

    MLB Jesse Smith 6-0 231 SR
    Derec Schmidgall 6-2 230 SR
    Patrick Neal 6-1 229 SO#

    WLB Fred Garrin 6-2 230 SR
    AJ Matthews 6-3 197 SO#

    We do have experience in these spots with Smith, Schmidgall, Garrin, and Raven but my concern is lack of speed. I'm upbeat about these guys hitting abilities and nose for the ball though. Jesse seemed to be in on just about every play last year.

    How will this lineup differ in the fall? Is there any news from spring camp? Any expectations out of this group?

    How will Tafou(sp?) fit into the fold? He seems to have great speed and a knack for big plays. I'm excited to see how he can contribute. I would love for him to step in like Tim Dobbins did a few years back. Does he come in right away and play big minutes?

    Thoughts anyone?



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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    I think that Tafou will be a stud. If he was a bit taller, the big boys would have been all over him.



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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    Plain and simple, it's not a good group. Sadly, it may be worse next year.



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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    Too bad Mike Marry and Larvez Mars didn't come here.

    In all honesty, we might be better off playing a 5th DB most of the time. I believe OSU or KSU is making the 4-2-5 their base defense.



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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    SLB Justin Rumple 6-3 212 JR

    Who? I don't recognize this name at all.


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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    Nothing against the guys because I'm sure they are great guys, but our MLB corp wouldn't be in the 2 deep at any other school in the conference.


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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    That picture cracks me up.


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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    Look out here comes DJK to thread steal over to a Hawk/Cyclone debate.....

    all kiddin aside, the LB position needs a talent upgrade big time. Everyone talks about Jesse and he's worked hard to be where he's at, but, watching him play and yes he's in on a lot of tackles but many of them come downfield chasing the play.....i would rather our MLB is stuffing someone at the line!!!!!

    Especially in the Big 12 and the pass happy offenses, having quick LB is a must.....gotta have speed to cover the field.


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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    I got sick of how bad Jesse Smith was in pass coverage last year. He needs to get deeper in his zone to cover those 5 and 7 yard slants that we got burnt on repeatedly


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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    I got sick of how bad Jesse Smith was in pass coverage last year. He needs to get deeper in his zone to cover those 5 and 7 yard slants that we got burnt on repeatedly
    never more apparent then the Nebraska game....swift must have run 20 crossing routes right in the LB's drops....but no lb was there - they had charged the play action and then drop.....too late!!!!!



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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    That is why I am at a loss for ISU whiffing on Linebackers the past year. Granted Ferguson and Bell had their own situations that caused them to leave but they both would have started or seen ALOT of playing time. I agree that our best bet would be a 4-2-5 defense since we have alot of playmakers in the secondary. I wouldn't mind seeing Banks, Bell, Benton, Smith, and LJ on the field at one time.



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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    That would be an interesting line-up. The speed and coverage issue in the backfield would definitely be addressed and would also be a great counter for the Big 12 spread offenses.

    But, I'd be worried about teams slicing and dicing us for 4,6,8 yards a pop on the run with our smaller d-line and slower LB's. I don't think any of the above mentioned DB's could handle the wear and tear of the constant hitting they would have to incur with that philosophy. If we had two hybrid SS's in the 200lb range it wouldn't be an issue. But these 5 are smaller, quicker CB types.

    In order to stop the offensive flood that we saw last year, I think the only way is to use the best 4-3 combo we can muster and rely on the talent of LJ, Banks, Benton, and Bell in the backfield. Unless Bell or Benton can bulk up and take over a SS role.

    Like I said above, if we address one gaping hole w/ 5 DB's, we just expose another. IMO, in this case the other hole we would expose is a much bigger problem.



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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    So nobody else noticed that the first team D during the spring game was a 4-2-5 defense with Devin McDowell lining up in the 3rd backer spot?


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    Re: Linebacker depth and progression

    Quote Originally Posted by Stewo View Post
    I think that Tafou will be a stud. If he was a bit taller, the big boys would have been all over him.
    wasnt there a 2nd juco LB thrown into the mix as well?


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