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    Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Here's a Saturday camp report from Ian Smith.

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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Sounds like our team will hit them getting off the bus.


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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    I think there will be primarily 5 people playing the 3 LB spots, Klein, Knott, MT, George, and Benton.



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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    I've been saying from the start those would be the starting LB's. I'm so jacked about all four of them though.



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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    I'm really interested in what happens with Mattison though. If he really runs a 4.3 fourty he should be our SS and play him in the box. Sims can play FS. But, odds are he doesn't run that fast, and will stay at LB. I could see him redshirting regardless of position, but maybe not since we are so thin at LB. Anyone have a scoop on him so far?



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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Quote Originally Posted by RustShack View Post
    I'm really interested in what happens with Mattison though. If he really runs a 4.3 fourty he should be our SS and play him in the box. Sims can play FS. But, odds are he doesn't run that fast, and will stay at LB. I could see him redshirting regardless of position, but maybe not since we are so thin at LB. Anyone have a scoop on him so far?
    The problem is if you play him in the box a lot you basically have a freshman playing nickelback. For most defenses that is one of the toughest positions to learn.



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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    I think there will be primarily 5 people playing the 3 LB spots, Klein, Knott, MT, George, and Benton.
    Wally mentioned that Jacques Washington was taking reps at the Nickel/Sam spot along with Benton.



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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Where was the practise field located where the picture was taken at the top of this article? Looks like a cornfield in the background.



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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Quote Originally Posted by ISU_Alum_2000 View Post
    Wally mentioned that Jacques Washington was taking reps at the Nickel/Sam spot along with Benton.
    We are SO thin at LB. We have 3 quality starters and one sub in George. I'll believe Hamlin is ready to play Big 12 football when I see it. He's only 197 lbs.

    So... I really think we are going to see a ton of 4-2-5 formations this year. I went back and watched all the highlights of the spring game and we have only 2 true LBs in there a LOT. We will be in the "nickel" a ton I think.

    Our "nickel" guy will be Benton, with Jaques Washington backing him up... and then Adrian Bennet would be next IMO.

    I also think it will be interesting what they decide to do with Durrell Givens. The guy looks like a LB in the pics of practice. He's listed at 217 lbs or something like that? Maybe he RS this year as a JUCO coming in, gets up to around 230 lbs, and then will have 2 years left to play LB for us? I don't know?



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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Quote Originally Posted by clonedude View Post
    We are SO thin at LB. We have 3 quality starters and one sub in George. I'll believe Hamlin is ready to play Big 12 football when I see it. He's only 197 lbs.

    So... I really think we are going to see a ton of 4-2-5 formations this year. I went back and watched all the highlights of the spring game and we have only 2 true LBs in there a LOT. We will be in the "nickel" a ton I think.

    Our "nickel" guy will be Benton, with Jaques Washington backing him up... and then Adrian Bennet would be next IMO.

    I also think it will be interesting what they decide to do with Durrell Givens. The guy looks like a LB in the pics of practice. He's listed at 217 lbs or something like that? Maybe he RS this year as a JUCO coming in, gets up to around 230 lbs, and then will have 2 years left to play LB for us? I don't know?
    Agreed. The staff has talked up Reeves quite a bit, so I think he takes plays the corner position more often than not with Benton in the Nickel/Sam. Play Tau'foo'u against teams like Iowa.

    We'll have to see what Givens' mindset is. I think the coaches said he was a 'center field' type safety, which doesn't translate into LB. But the guy's got a body like Jon Banks, and he made the transition.


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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    i think right now that our interior line play will be better because rump and the other kid that is replacing frere is taller and faster.what did frere do the in the 40 ????? 6.0. also i think our defensive end play will be better with lattimer pushing the guys that r ahead of him....overall,i think wally burnham is doing a great job with our defensive kids.
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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Wally usually tells it like it is. You have to be encouraged with his comments. Last season, all we heard was how the d-line wasn't ready. He seems upbeat and excited to see his guys play. I'm still concerned because we had a lot of balls bounce our way last season. At the least, it sounds like these guys are ready to learn how to play football at this level.


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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Quote Originally Posted by MaxPower57 View Post
    Agreed. The staff has talked up Reeves quite a bit, so I think he takes plays the corner position more often than not with Benton in the Nickel/Sam. Play Tau'foo'u against teams like Iowa.

    We'll have to see what Givens' mindset is. I think the coaches said he was a 'center field' type safety, which doesn't translate into LB. But the guy's got a body like Jon Banks, and he made the transition.
    Not sure if Reeves is big enough to play the nickel position. Gotta think when he's in, he's at corner, allowing Benton to play nickel. Givens, I would think, would back up MOC and fight for the starting spot.

    Quote Originally Posted by clonedude View Post
    We are SO thin at LB. We have 3 quality starters and one sub in George. I'll believe Hamlin is ready to play Big 12 football when I see it. He's only 197 lbs.

    So... I really think we are going to see a ton of 4-2-5 formations this year. I went back and watched all the highlights of the spring game and we have only 2 true LBs in there a LOT. We will be in the "nickel" a ton I think.

    Our "nickel" guy will be Benton, with Jaques Washington backing him up... and then Adrian Bennet would be next IMO.

    I also think it will be interesting what they decide to do with Durrell Givens. The guy looks like a LB in the pics of practice. He's listed at 217 lbs or something like that? Maybe he RS this year as a JUCO coming in, gets up to around 230 lbs, and then will have 2 years left to play LB for us? I don't know?
    Don't even know if George is ready. He looks ready, but you can't say that until they actually go full pads.

    Quote Originally Posted by swiacy View Post
    Where was the practise field located where the picture was taken at the top of this article? Looks like a cornfield in the background.
    By the IM fields across from the stadium.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCyed View Post
    Not sure if Reeves is big enough to play the nickel position. Gotta think when he's in, he's at corner, allowing Benton to play nickel. Givens, I would think, would back up MOC and fight for the starting spot.
    Yep, that's what I was trying to put across, Reeves at corner, Benton at nickel. I think the staff thinks enough of JR to put him on the field in a starting role.


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    Re: Camp Report: Defense shows progress

    Quote Originally Posted by swiacy View Post
    Where was the practise field located where the picture was taken at the top of this article? Looks like a cornfield in the background.
    Out by G-7 and the intramural fields.


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