Lanning to play some at linebacker???

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  1. CYCLNST8

    CYCLNST8 Well-Known Member

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    My initial reaction to the idea was "no way." But then I considered myself in Lanning's shoes. You acknowledge Park & Noland as the QB duo of the future and start to wonder about your playing time as a RS senior. I'd probably request a few snaps at linebacker if I were him just to try it out. Lanning definitely has the size and toughness for it. Not saying it'd work, but it may be worth a shot.
     
  2. NickTheGreat

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    I think if they wanted to move him away from QB, I'd go TE, RB, WR or something that actually touches the ball before I'd go defense.
     
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  3. HappyCreeker

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    Derrick Walker successfully transitioned from QB to LB back in 1999-2000. Not saying it's the right thing for JL, but it can be done. Walker had never previously played defense.
     
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  4. Doc

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    I agree, but I wonder if he could still run his small package of short yardage plays while being a full-time LB. He wouldn't be the backup QB, just a situational/emergency QB. He wouldn't have to go through all of the QB prep.

    We definitely could use him at LB if he could help there.
     
  5. CyArob

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    Jabril Peppers wishes he could be as dynamic as Joel Lanning.
     
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  6. Cymon

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    This player is still around the program. Noland didn't get hurt coming off the bus to Ames. He has practiced with the team. And like I said, take it for what it's worth. I don't care if you believe me or not.
     
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  7. brett108

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    I think his intent was to deflect blame from CMC. It may not have been your intent to blame him, but he appears to have taken it that way.
     
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    I know CMC was REALLY high on Zeb last year. So I don't think it would be all that surprising if Park was #1 and Noland #2 going into next year, with Lanning maybe only used sparingly at QB inside the 5 or 10 yd line.

    If that were the case, could Lanning still play some LB, or H-back when he isn't in at QB? I don't see why not? It would make a lot more sense to me to see him in some kind of H-back role though with his ability to run people over, as well as the option of handing him the ball with the option to throw.

    I don't see our LB position as such a weakness that we need to put Lanning there, but maybe the coaching staff doesn't see it that way?

    I just know that Lanning NEEDS to play and be on the field a lot somewhere. He's a baller, and he's too much of a talent to be standing on the sideline.
     
  10. DrT

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    FAR too valuable a commodity on offense to risk injury playing defense! I have always been intrigued by the potential trickeration in using TWO QB's together!
     
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  11. BWRhasnoAC

    BWRhasnoAC Well-Known Member

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    Am I the only one who doesn't think Lanning is poor passer? I mean he throws a far prettier deep ball than Park and it isn't like Park set the world on fire last year. Just seems like everyone has written him off as a terrible passer and I think its far from the truth.

    Either way idc how Lanning gets on the field. He needs to play, and if he doesn't I would call Campbell a fool.
     
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  12. Cyforce

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    Love to see JL get 40 carries/500 yards/8TDS against Tech next fall.

    Give the Offense a break and the OL gets to do what OLs like best.
     
  13. Doc

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    Playing two QBs maybe gives you more options for trickeration, but I don't really see it giving much of a benefit. If you're playing a disciplined defense, it won't do much at all.
     
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  14. tolfbfan

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    We can only hope this is true. IF so, the future is AMAZING for the offense!!!!:):):):)
     
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  15. tolfbfan

    tolfbfan Well-Known Member

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    If they are considering LB then he has showed traits that make them think he will be a monstor at that position!
     
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  16. CyValley

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    Noland was a mid-year enrollee, was here for winter workouts, played all spring including the spring game, summer workouts. . . .
     
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  17. cyclonespiker33

    cyclonespiker33 Well-Known Member

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    All of which Park was not present for. How can they fairly be compared?
     
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  18. NetflixAndClone

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  19. BWRhasnoAC

    BWRhasnoAC Well-Known Member

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    Well considering Park has a whole season ahead of Zeb, if Noland really is better than Park that should speak volumes to his ability. Not sure what you're getting at with this point.
     
  20. CloneConer

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    Seeing as we have been making linebacker comparisons about Lanning ever since he ran over a bunch of Texas players in his starting debut, this seems like a great idea. I think some people are underestimating how much leadership and knowledge he could bring to the other side of the ball. LBs are basically the QB of the defense. One aspect is knowing your own scheme and how you fit into it, but the best defenders can read the offense and know what play is coming before it happens. Lanning has potential to thrive in both, especially with the offensive knowledge he has.

    No matter what he plays, I'm glad he plays for us!
     

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