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This would be our LBs by position in 2014 if we get Whitley and the Rich bros are back. Thats a pretty stout LB corps with good depth!
Will: Wade, Hilliard, Walker, Richmond
Mike: Baggs, Chevis, Mastrogiavianni, Whitley
Sam: Sanders, Claiborne, Scott, Richardson
I don't know football X's and O's. can you explain the differences in a Sam and will?
Sam is the strongside LB. Lines up on the side with the TE, or if it's a spread formation, slot WR. (Sean Porter)
Will is weakside. Essentially the opposite. (think Steven Jenkins)
Are you kidding? I could hear that arrow a mile away.
Well, Sam is the position Porter played this year and a lot of the Sam's work is on the edge. Usually good pass rushers who have to be athletic enough to line up over a slot in a spread look. Sanders, Scott, and Richardson are all fast twitch guys off the edge like Porter and are true OLB types. Claiborne is more of a projection because he is such a good athlete. He really could play at all 3 spots, but it's more even with him at Sam. In Snyder's scheme, the Will is usually a guy who is versatile enough to play inside or outside because sometimes they'll have the same responsibilities as an inside backer in a 3-4 look. That's why Jenkins transitioned well from ILB in a 3-4 to the Will in Snyder's scheme. Wade, Hilliard, Walker, and Richmond were all projected as either outside or inside guys by various services coming out of HS which is why they are good fits at Will.
Don't forget Washington. He could be next up behind Sanders at Sam if Richardson isn't able to return. He's a similar build to Porter coming out of high school.
Also, what about the younger Taylor brother (I get their names mixed up). He shirted this year. Isn't he a Sam, too?
This post was edited by JeffAggie04 17 months ago
A lot of people think both Tyrone and Tyrell will stick with DE, but I could see one standing up. And I personally am a big fan of Shaan, but I didn't want to project him at LB until we know for sure what position he will play. He can play all over the field. Should be interesting to see where he ends up. Kid is a baller.
Oh, I thought the younger Taylor was a LB and the older was a DE. Tyrell is the older one, right? Tyrone redshirted this year? I gotta get the names down.
Also, yeah. Washington is really underrated. If we like using a pass catching TE I could actually see him being bulked up a bit and playing that flex position. He's a pretty good on offense as well as defense. He has the body for it, it just depends on where the coaches need him to play.
Tyrone is the one who redshirted this year. Technically they're both listed as LBs on the roster, but obviously Tyrell was the backup at DE this year. They're essentially the same size in reality. I think they both worked at DE in practice unless I'm mistaken.
Cool, thanks. If they can both grow into DEs I think we could surely use them there with all the LBs we'll have on campus in a year or two. They are a little light but I remember them just being super quick and unafraid to really lay the wood on someone. I hope they pan out because I love their style. Tyrell saw a decent amount of PT this year backing up Moore. Him or Alexander will probably have to be the main guy this year unless Hall just explodes in the fall. So much of our defense depends on the DE getting pressure on the passer. We really need someone to come out of nowhere this year.
I think Tyrone is bigger naturally. He weighed close to the same as Tyrell after Tyrell had been on campus for a year. He has wider shoulders and looks like he will gain weight a lot easier.
What year is it bro?
EVER HEARD OF A GUY I LIKE TO CALL EARL CAMPBELL?
I hear that Bobby Layne kid is something else!
By older and younger, I hope you are referring to classification. They are twins. One just graduated on time and the other got held back a year when they were younger.
Yes, I know, but that was the easiest way to delineate between the two in the discussion.
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