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This position battle really peaks my interest this Spring. Banks has a lot of weapons and options. The SEC has always been known for fantastic special teams athletes with the explosion of talent on it's rosters. We are no different.
Who do you like to hold down this all important job??
Otis Jacobs was a great punt returner at JUCO, has a lot of potential.
Then any of our speedsters of course.
From IH-35 to IH-10... what then?
On that note who will be kickoff returner? TWill maybe but will he be healed enough to not lose ground on anyone else? I think Noel, Tabuyo, Quiv, Sabian Holmes, Sezer, Beep, LaRue all battle it out. Wow didn't realize we had all those new guys coming in that can be making plays as a returner.
I'll call Sezer as one of the return specialists this season.
Viable, realistic options:
Who am I missing?
Without seeing the true fish this spring/summer yet, I can't label a frosh as an option. I don't even know if Gonzalez can catch the ball. Future DB/Corner? Maybe LaRue, but he needs to show that's he's mentally tough. Punt returners must be gladiators.
Did I hear that Beep's high school numbers were fudged regarding kickoff (6) and punt returns (5) for TD's?
I guess if he were a viable option, 3 years on campus would have revealed as much.
He can't catch punts with fluidity. Seemed too mechanical catching punts in practice when competing for the job in the past.
Just my observation. Good kid though. Great locker room guy. Glad he's with us.
I think Trey Williams is a much more affective weapon as a punt returner than kick off returner. And he's a good kickoff returner.
I think I'd try TWill at PR and BWill to move into the KOR role.
Matt Joeckel definitely
Quiv, Larue, and Ellis were all returners during the UA All American game. Quiv and Noel started at PR for each team.
Thought someone mentioned he got a hernia? Might not be a viable option if true.
I want BWill out there for sure. I think he gets two blocks and he will house it on any given return.
I'm not a fan of having your starting tailback at punt returner, which BWill could end up being. But of course Malena was on the kickoff team last year so Sumlin obviously doesn't give two craps about that. So armed with that knowledge I'd probably guess Brandon Williams would be the guy to beat on kickoffs.
As for punts, I'd say Jacobs has a good shot of being back there, but there's going to be a lot of people trying for that spot.
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We've got stacks of backs Aubs. I am worried about BWill back there because he isn't as much of a pinball as Ben, but he has about as much big play potential as Johnny.
Maybe PR is a way Askew can make it back on the field. I think they've tried him there before?
Nate did decently well in high school.
Id like to see Raven
...who the heck seriously knows except God, and Sumlin. ~ Aggiemom6
Beeps HA return TD stats were inflated. He had about 5 TDs total which is still great but not close to the 11 number everyone claims.
Noel Ellis could be a dark horse. Banks singled him out as a potential return man at the recruiting night.
"I like Bears and if you're going to be a bear, UMMMMM, BE A Grizzley"
He also has the mentality you want in a punt returner. No fear.
So very very true
Punt returners do not have to be gladiators. Instead they must be confident & quick.
U are correct. Watched noels sr tape at recruiting night monday. Hes just like tyrone matthieu
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BWill was practicing at PR before his waiver.
That said, I'd feel more comfortable with a receiver out there. Muffed punts could be our Bertolet next year.
“Honestly [tu's offer] doesn’t really matter though because I won’t go there. I won’t even visit." “I want to play big time ball in the SEC"
Keep calm and Quiv Gonzalez.. Give it to him
I'm liking that motto!
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