I don't think it's too much to ask to have your future head coach know your name after being committed for 10 months. I don't blame him at all for being rubbed the wrong way, people have de-committed before over less.
Hey Cooper! Fellow soon-to-be '16 grad here as well, would be neat to know if there are any other fellow 11W members joining us on Sunday. Anyway, best of luck on your future endeavors. Go Bucks!
I want Wade as much of the next guy, as a matter of fact I don't think it would be unethical to ask a commit who was planning on enrolling early to wait until the summer so we can make room for him. That said I wouldn't throw Wint under the bus like that, looks like we all have something to be excited about with him.
It only takes one team to like ya...
Seriously though, the right team taking Cardale in the 3rd could do wonders for the young man. Wish him well.
I recall Birm once mentioning in a Hurry-Up that there is NFL talent in Pridgeon. That's obviously hard to project coming from a school of his size, but if there is decent chance of that then you'd imagine he would land a starting spot. I am all about getting the best 5 on the field so it seems premature that Jones is already permanently set at LT. This especially since Prince and Pridgeon have more prototypical tackle length (which I think gets overrated, especially at the college level).
I can 100% understand why they chose this weekend to why they "dropped" him. A recruiting pitch to the #1 RB in the nation sounds a lot better when you tell him there is one RB in the class compared too two. If you want to win championships, which the school and fans essentially asks for, you need the best players to make that happen and if Sibley's spot is filled by a better player then so be it. No matter how much it sucks for the kid, and I do feel bad for him, its the nature of the business and to be frank you can't have it one way while also asking for the other.
I am sure the staff likes their standing with Harris and Akers and since we have limited spots, I am sure worst case they may be ok with just taking Dobbins.
This team will be better than expected, but still not good in large part due too the bullpen. I believe this because I think we'll have a surprising good second half.
Come All-Star break, our rotation could consist of Iglesias, Desclafani, Bailey, and the two young studs in AAA Reed and Stephenson. Now I am not expecting them to live up to their ceiling right away, but on pure talent alone this is an above average rotation with a top-5 upside. Plus, the cast-offs from the rotation (Read: Lorenzen/Finnegan) paired with Cingrani, Diaz, and Straily could be an above average bullpen as well. Lastly, I think the line-up is better than given credit for. Plus with Winker coming up as our future left fielder and Pereza, I think trading Cozart and Bruce could be an addition by subtraction so these guys can get some playing time.
In summation, I think this is a slightly below average team on 2016 with great reason for optimism for 2017.
The Reds sprint Marathons.....
I don't know the last time I did watched one of these videos without getting goosebumps. It's so easy liking this football team, really awesome video. Again.
I am increasingly confident this unit is going to be an asset this Fall. Ends seem to make more game impacting plays so it benefits us this group is a little stronger than the interior line. Hubbard has star potential and Lewis performed great last year and will only improve. Plus, Holmes in rushing downs should create some havoc as well.
The interior is bit more of a worry, but the shire numbers makes me believe we can find three who aren't liabilities. Michael Hill performed admirably last year, so if we can find two more who can free up Lewis, Hubbard, and Holmes while filling the gaps during running plays, we will be more than fine. Plus, little Bosa has 3-Technique written all over him when it comes to passing downs. I'm not worried about this unit being good, I just hope they can become great.
Those Z receivers could be the 4x100 on the track team. Some serious reported speed by those fellas.
Corner: Conley and Lattimore/Ward. Safety: Webb and Smith.
On paper this looks best based on what i've seen the previous season. There must be something about Hooker that is impressing the staff because it doesn't sound like he is running first team just because other guys are out. I just don't understand how your starting nickel from last year doesn't crack the starting rotation with the exodus we've seen in the secondary, which is why I believe we see Webb at FS.
Not saying you are one of them Barfolomew, but I don't understand why people assume it would be Jamarco that loses the spot to Pridgeon. By all indications it seems that Jones has outperformed Prince this Spring. If it's about getting your best 5 on the field and Prince is better than on of the competing LG's, then fine I get that. But in a vacuum Jones vs. Prince, i'd rather see Jones out there regardless of Prince's higher potential. We all know how Urban feels about that word.
I don't know if our d-line is going to be elite by any measure, but I am increasingly optimistic this group is going to become an asset rather than liability come Fall.
Lewis, Hubbard, and Holmes will be plenty good on the edge and it seems we have depth developing even before Bosa arrives and Barrow gets healthy.
What's becoming a good problem with this class is that there are people we can't say no too that we might have to say no too.
When we were first recruiting him I remember thinking he seemed too flabby to play early. After looking at the picture above it seems that Mickey changed that in a hurry, which isn't unexpected.
Bosa gets a lot of the attention of potentially starting at 3-Tech as a freshman and deservedly so, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Burrow taking a lot of snaps there this year. He was dominant before the injury and if he can gain the strength to handle the rigors of a full season then watch out.
If Dobbins and Sibley are still in, then Grimes. If only Sibley is in, then Harris. If only Dobbins is in, then Grimes.
"Isaiah Prince is doing better and better and so is Jamarco Jones," Meyer said. "Kind of solidified that.
Very comforting to hear that. As they continue to develop to the end of Spring and with Pridgeon coming in the Fall, tackle may turn out to be an asset.
Meyer also mentioned sophomore Demetrius Knox as "close"
Anyone care to speculate what this means? Is he close to starting, close to finally progressing, or close to being where Urban wants him to be? Really pulling for Knox to end up being the starting guard. Being in the program for three years, his door might close if he doesn't land the job this year.
I think Squirrel is right, Knox was projected to be a guard the day they started recruiting him and when he arrived on campus.
Think you see Gibson or Mack taking a back-up WR spot. Also K.J. Hill might be listed as the back-up H over McCall, although I can certainly see it happening the other way as well. Lastly, and purely a hunch, I think you will see Webb as one of the starting safeties this fall. I think our starting Nickel from last year is going to crack the line-up after three guys leave from our secondary. Very nice list though '94.
Yes, he and EGW moved there this Spring. Whether they move back when/if guys get fully healthy remains to be seen, but it seems to be a perminate move.
This thread should turn out well...