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    4-2-5 Who starts?

    The signing day chat piqued my interest when we started talking about the 4-2-5 being the most likely formation the clones use this year. Who do you guys have starting in the back 7 in this formation?

    IMO the most important position is that tweener 5th DB/3rd LB. Needs to be someone of size and speed. When we played this formation in high school the position was called Rover. I think David Sims would make the perfect Rover. We all know that he's more than adept in the defensive backfield and I think he's got the size and hitting power to play an undersized linebacker if needed. The only flaw in this is that if we decide to go with a 4-3 at any point during a game, our best safety is off the field.

    Anyway who starts if we use this formation?



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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    Benton played that role VERY well last year and will only be better this year. He has that position locked up.

    I think his backup may be Floyd Mattison, although I think Cliff Morgan would fit well there too, from the new guys.



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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    My concern with this formation would be having a SS with the size/durability to be able to come up and fill the gaps.



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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    Benton played it in a traditional nickel sense on passing downs and distance. I'm wondering that if this formation is used at pretty much all times do you think Benton is enough of a body to take on run blocking?



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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    My concern with this formation would be having a SS with the size/durability to be able to come up and fill the gaps.
    Adrian Bennett-6'1 205. However I think that Givens will initially be that guy. Everyone knows that I like the outlook for Mattison and Bennett. Mattison wil likely fill that spinner role and I think Bennett is a safety. I think both have the chance to be very very good players.


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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    Quote Originally Posted by burn587 View Post
    Benton played it in a traditional nickel sense on passing downs and distance. I'm wondering that if this formation is used at pretty much all times do you think Benton is enough of a body to take on run blocking?
    He played there basically the whole Army game. Before he got hurt we were primarily in that set. I think the key is where he is at coverage wise. We may be stronger at that hybrid spot than we are on outside coverage. If he is our second best cover guy I think we are probably better served moving him outside as long as we have someone to move to his old spot.


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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    Quote Originally Posted by yaman3 View Post
    Adrian Bennett-6'1 205. However I think that Givens will initially be that guy. Everyone knows that I like the outlook for Mattison and Bennett. Mattison wil likely fill that spinner role and I think Bennett is a safety. I think both have the chance to be very very good players.
    I noticed that Morgan is listed as a DB/LB on the signing page today, which made me think he may play that role. He's listed at 6'2" 190#.



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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    It looks like we may be down a LB from this class. With the number of DB's we recruited this year is there a possibility of moving Bennett to that spot or switching positions to LB? He definitely has the speed and the frame if he can add a few more pounds.



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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    Quote Originally Posted by bawbie View Post
    I noticed that Morgan is listed as a DB/LB on the signing page today, which made me think he may play that role. He's listed at 6'2" 190#.
    I forgot to mention him. Great size and good speed. I think he could fill into that SS or hybrid role as well. I see those three guys with tremendous measureables and I believe they will provide us a lot of depth in the middle of the field along with Givens. I think McCullough is a guy that can also fit in there. I think a couple of these guys will have to be corners but honestly I am not sure which ones it will be. I think for next year we are in decent shape but down the road we will need some help there. Overall I just love the size of these DBs that have been brought in.


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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    TJ McCullough is supposed to end up as a CB (at 6').
    I have a feeling that Morgan will either end up as a fixture in the Nickle slot or put on some weight and move to linebacker. I have heard some talk that he is 6'3 and over 200 now. We will see for sure when he gets to campus.
    Bennett deffinitely looks like he has the frame to end up as a linebacker but we will see.
    Matt Thomas is supposed to be all CB.


    Back to the original topic, I feel out 5 DB starters next year will be the following:

    CB - LJ - Obviously
    SS - Sims - Seems to have the best hitting ability and athleticism of the safeties we have
    FS - Durrell Givens - JuCo coach raved about his deep cover ability which is just what we need.
    CB - Anthony Young - I think he will be our best option giving Washington and Reeves more time as the full time backups
    NB - Benton - All the way!



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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    I believe Adrian Bennett and Clifford Morgan are both projected to be hybrid linebackers.


    Last edited by mt85; 02-03-2010 at 03:09 PM.

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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    Quote Originally Posted by mt85 View Post
    I believe Adrian Bennett and Clifford Morgan are both projected to be hybrid Linebackers.
    I love athleticism in the linebacker slots! Can you say Ace Bown or Jon Banks!



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    Re: 4-2-5 Who starts?

    Mattison.



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