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Wofford 2006 Football Signees

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:31 pm
by BestOfBreed

Wofford announces 15 football signees
February 1, 2006

Wofford College head football coach Mike Ayers today announced the signing of 15 prospective student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to attend Wofford.

Wofford’s class of 2010 includes nine offensive players, five defensive players and one athlete. Six of the signees are from Georgia and three from North Carolina.

“We added a lot of team speed, both offensively and defensively,” said Ayers. “We have some quality offensive linemen which we desperately needed. Overall, it’s a great group and ultimately, it will be proven in four years.”

Wofford’s five defensive signees include linebackers Gary Blount of St. Marys, GA (Camden County HS) and Paul Miller of Evans, GA (Lakeside), safeties Ronald Flott of Statesboro, GA (Southeast Bulloch) and Jesse Kontras of London, OH (Jonathan Alder) and cornerback Mychael Johnson of Fayetteville, NC (Jack Britt).

On offense, the Terriers added a pair of linemen in 6-2, 270-pound Clark Bishop of Leesburg, GA (Lee County) and 6-2, 280-pound Grant Duren of Pace, FL (Pace). Wofford recruited three wide receivers including Charles “Buck” Brown of Wrens, GA (Jefferson County), Izel Jenkins III of Wilson, NC (Beddingfield) and Justice Joslin of Johnson City, TN (Science Hill).

The Terriers signed two running backs including Jeremy Marshall of Hawkinsville, GA (Hawkinsville) and Brian Whitehurst of Fort Meade, FL (Worcester, MA Academy). Wofford also picked up quarterback Steven Davitte of Columbia, SC (Irmo) and tight end Johnson Richardson of Charlotte, NC (Providence Day). Richardson is the grandson of former Wofford standout Jerry Richardson.

Brad Miller of Plain City, OH (Jonathan Alder) was recruited as an athlete. In high school, he was a standout at both a running back and linebacker. Miller and Kontras were high school teammates at Jonathan Alder High School.

2006 Wofford Football Signees
Name Pos Ht Wt Hometown (High School)
Clark Bishop OL 6-2 270 Leesburg, GA (Lee County HS)
Gary Blount LB 6-0 190 St. Marys, GA (Camden County HS)
Charles “Buck” Brown WR 6-3 185 Wrens, GA (Jefferson County HS)
Steven Davitte QB 5-9 168 Columbia, SC (Irmo HS)
Grant Duren OL 6-2 280 Pace, FL (Pace)
Ronald Flott S 5-10 185 Statesboro, GA (Southeast Bulloch)
Izel Jenkins III WR 5-6 157 Wilson, NC (Beddingfield HS)
Mychael Johnson CB 5-10 170 Fayetteville, NC (Jack Britt HS)
Justice Joslin WR 6-1 180 Johnson City, TN (Science Hill HS)
Jesse Kontras S 5-11.5 188 London, OH (Jonathan Alder HS)
Jeremy Marshall RB 5-10 175 Hawkinsville, GA (Hawkinsville HS)
Brad Miller ATH 6-3 210 Plain City, OH (Jonathan Alder HS)
Paul Miller LB 6-1 200 Evans, GA (Lakeside HS)
Johnson Richardson TE 6-2.5 217 Charlotte, NC (Providence Day)
Brian Whitehurst RB 5-8 155 Fort Meade, FL (Worcester, MA Academy)
Matt Vick of Columbiana, AL (Shelby County)
Joe Fornadel of Pittsburgh, PA (Mt. Lebanon)
Pat Illig of Pittsburgh, PA (Central Catholic)
Cody Van Der Linden LB Carlsbad, CA (Carlsbad)
Joseph Inman TE Stilwell, OK (Stilwell)
Doug Thompson LB 6-1 Seffner, FL (Armwood HS)

Clark Bishop OL 6-2 270 Leesburg, GA (Lee County HS)
Earned honorable mention All-State Class AAA in Georgia in 2005 . . . Helped lead Lee County High to the second round of the Georgia state playoffs in Class 4A in 2005 . . . Team started the season ranked 10th in the state in the preseason poll . . . Played for head coach David Johnson . . . Also wrestles for Lee County.

Gary Blount LB 6-0 190 St. Marys, GA (Camden County)
Earned first team All-Region 3AAAAA honors in 2005 . . . Also an All-Coastal pick . . . Played for the Camden County Wildcats and helped the squad to the 2003 5A state championships . . . Earned the team’s Academic Award as a senior and held the squad’s highest grade point average . . . Made 80 tackles with seven tackles for loss, three sacks and two caused fumbles . . . Helped Camden to four regional championships . . . Played three games in the Georgia Dome (two state semifinals and one championship game) . . . Played for head coach Jeff Herron . . . Also won the team’s Super Cat award . . . Team set the Georgia state record for most consecutive regular season wins with 56 . . . Team won the 2005 Regional Championship and posted a 10-0 regular season record . . . Squad defeated Valdosta HS 21-7 to win the 2004 state title . . . Ranks seventh in his high school of 500 students.

Charles “Buck” Brown WR 6-3 185 Wrens, GA (Jefferson County HS)
Two-year starter at wide receiver at Jefferson County High in Louisville, GA . . . Named second team All-Area wide receiver in 2005 by The Augusta Chronicle . . .Helped lead the Warriors to the Region 3AAA championship in 2005 . . . Jefferson County won its first 12 games of the season before being eliminated in the postseason . . . Played for Coach J.B. Arnold . . . Was a Wendy’s High School Heisman Award winner . . . Earned honorable mention on the Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State team . . . Also an honorable mention pick on the Georgia Coaches Association All-State team . . . Had 35 receptions for 457 yards and six touchdowns as a senior along with two interceptions . . . Member of the Honor Roll, Who’s Who Among American High School Students, and the National Honor Society.

Steven Davitte QB 5-9 168 Columbia, SC (Irmo HS)
Two-year starter at quarterback at Irmo High . . . Also saw action at wide receiver as a sophomore . . . Four-year letterman in football and wresling . . . Captain of both the football and wrestling teams . . . Took the Yellow Jackets to the 2004 state championship game . . . Named to the All-Area team in 2005 . . . Led Irmo to a win over Richland Northeast in the first round of the 2004 Class 4A, Division II playoffs . . . Had a 63-yard touchdown run against Richland Northeast . . . Irmo defeated Beaufort in the 2004 Class 4A, Division II Lower State Championship game, 14-12 . . . Played for coach Bob Hanna . . . Runs a 4.5 40 . . . Also an all-regional wrestler in 2004-05 . . . Rushed for 804 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior while passing for 795 yards and nine touchdowns . . . As a junior, rushed for 906 yards and eight scores while passing for 600 yards with seven TDs . . . Career rushing totals of 1,647 yards and 16 touchdowns . . . Threw for 1,395 career yards with 16 touchdowns . . . Averaged 25.5 yards on kickoff returns as a sophomore . . . Father played football at West Georgia College . . . Member of the Honor Roll and National Honor Society . . . Selected to Palmetto Boys State.

Grant Duren OT 6-2 280 Pace, FL (Pace)
Earned second team All-State Class 4A honors in 2005 at Pace High School . . . Helped the team the 1-4A Regional Championship . . . Team finished 13-1 and reached the state semifinals before losing to eventual state champion Nease . . . Named to the PSA North All-Star team . . . Played for head coach Mickey Lindsey.

Ronald Flott S 5-10 185 Statesboro, GA (Southeast Bulloch)
Four-year starter for Southeast Bulloch HS as both a cornerback and quarterback . . . Earned All-Regional 3AA at punter, safety and cornerback . . . Named to the Savannah Morning News All-Area team as a defensive back as a sophomore . . . Recorded over 100 tackles in each of his last three years . . . Voted Area Defensive Player of the Year by the Hinesville Officials Association as a junior . . . Picked up 108 tackles, six pass breakups, three interceptions and nine tackles for loss as a senior . . . Also rushed for over 800 yards and 12 touchdowns as a quarterback . . . As a punter, averaged 46 yards per kick . . . Selected as a WTOC Super 11 player . . . Named Regional 3AA Player of the Year and named a first team All-State defender by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . Named team defensive MVP as a sophomore and junior and team MVP as a senior . . . Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star Classic and recorded seven stops including two tackles for loss.

Izel Jenkins III WR 5-6 157 Wilson, NC (Beddingfield HS)
An all-conference and honorable mention all-area pick at Beddingfield High . . . Had 59 tackles and five interceptions as a senior . . . Caught 18 passes for six touchdowns as a receiver . . . Helped Beddingfield reach the Eastern Regional semifinals of the playoffs in 2005 . . . Played for coach Tom Nelson . . . The Bruins won their first 10 games of the 2005 season and finished the year 12-2, a school record for victories in a season . . . The squad was the runner-up in the Eastern Carolina Conference in 3A . . . Has experience as a punt returner with a 52-yard return to his credit . . . Named to the All-ECC team . . . Runs a 4.5 40 . . . Saw additional action at defensive back . . . Son of former North Carolina State cornerback Izel Jenkins who also played six years in the NFL with the Eagles, Vikings and Giants.

Mychael Johnson RB 5-10 170 Fayetteville, NC (Jack Britt HS)
Represented North Carolina in the 2005 Shrine Bowl played at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium . . . Was an honorable mention All-Conference selection in 2004 . . . Played for head coach Richard Bailey . . . Runs a 4.65 40 . . . Helped lead the Buccaneers to an 11-3 record in 2005 . . . Squad reached the third round of the Class 4A playoffs in 2005.

Justice Joslin WR 6-1 180 Johnson City, TN (Science Hill HS)
Three-year starter wide receiver and defensive back for the Hilltoppers, and filled in at quarterback when injuries sidelined the starter in 2004 . . . Earned WCYB-TV Player of the Week honors after scoring four touchdowns on four receptions for 218 yards of total offense in a win over Tennessee High in ‘04 . . . Also earned Player of the Week honors in ‘05 after making nine receptions for 223 yards and four TD’s in a game . . . His 223 receiving yards is a school record . . . Earned all-conference honors at defensive back in 2004 and at wide receiver in ‘05 . . . Was a second-team all-conference pick in 2003 . . . Has run the 40 in 4.38 and the 60 in 6.69 . . . Also an accomplished baseball player who hit .360 with 15 homers . . . Both his father and brother were quarterbacks . . . Father played football at Tennessee, Carson-Newman and in the Canadian Football League . . . Played for Coach John Bowles.

Jesse Kontras S 5-11.5 188 London, OH (Jonathan Alder HS)
Three-year starter at safety for Alder High School . . . High school teammate of fellow signee Brad Miller . . . Helped the Pioneers to the Division IV Regional Finals in 2004 . . . Had a key interception in the semifinal win over Reading . . . First team All-District in 2005 . . . Earned All Central District Special Mention in 2004 and first team honors in ‘05 . . . Special Mention All-State as a senior . . . Earned All-Madison County honors as a junior and senior . . . Played for coach Barry Blackstone . . . Brother Luke is a sophomore on the Mt. Union football team . . . Member of the Honor Roll.

Jeremy Marshall RB 5-10 175 Hawkinsville, GA
First team All-Georgia Class A selection in 2005 . . . Honorable mention all-state as a junior in 2004 . . . Set Hawkinsville High records for career rushing yards (5,841) and touchdowns (72) . . . Also holds the school’s single-game rushing records with 333 yards and 331 yards . . . Led the Red Devils to the Elite Eight of Georgia’s Class A . . . Named to the 2005 All-Middle Georgia third team as selected by the Macon Telegraph . . . Was a first team pick in 2004 and 2003 . . . Led Hawkinsville to the 2003 state championship and set school records with 333 yards rushing in a single game and 2,295 yards on the season . . . Rushed for 1,573 yards as a junior in 2004 . . . Also holds the school record with 40 carries in a game . . . The state title was Hawkinsville’s first in 44 years . . . Rushed for 132 yards in the ‘03 state championship game . . . Also selected to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution All-State team for three straight years . . . Named to the All-State team by the Georgia Sportswriters . . . Had major knee surgery following his junior season . . . Was part of a successful senior class that led Hawkinsville to 50 victories, three region championships, two state championships and four Elite Eight appearances . . . Has also played baseball and ran track . . . Rushed for 197 yards on 32 carriers in the final playoff game of the season . . . Played for coach Lee Campbell . . . Rushed for 150 yards on 23 carries in a playoff win over Portal . . . 27 carries, 170 yards and three touchdowns in a win over Wilkinson County . . . In a win over Wheeler County, rushed 16 times fro 275 yards and two scores . . . Rushed for 222 yards in a win over Telfair . . . 22 carries, 155 yards and two touchdowns vs. Johnson County . . . Finished sixth in the state in the 2004 100 meter dash with a clocking of 11.42 . . . Also placed sixth in the 200 meters with a 23.54.

Brad Miller RB 6-3 210 Plain City, OH (Jonathan Alder HS)
First team All-State selection . . . Also earned All-Region honors . . . First team All-District and County Player of the Year selection . . . Was the Central Ohio scoring leader with 29 touchdowns . . . High school teammate of fellow signee Jesse Kontras . . . Helped the Pioneers to the state playoffs for four straight years and the Division IV Regional Finals in 2004 . . . Carried 20 times for 195 yards and four touchdowns in a regional semifinal win over Reading . . . Rushed for 98 yards including a 62-yard jaunt in the regional championship game . . . First team All-District and Division IV All-State in 2005 . . . Earned All Central District Honorable Mention in 2004 . . . Played for coach Barry Blackstone . . . Finished fifth in the state in 2005 in the 110 hurdles with a 14.76 clocking . . Also finished seventh in the state in the 300 meter hurdles in 39.82 . . . Played quarterback as a sophomore . . . Named to the 2005 Academic All-Ohio Division II Track and Field team . . . Also a four-year letterwinner in basketball . . . Member of the National Honor Society . . . Father played football at Youngstown State.

Paul Miller LB 6-1 200 Evans, GA (Lakeside HS)
Three-year varsity starter at Lakeside High . . . Served as defensive captain as both a junior and senior . . . Named the squad’s defensive MVP as a senior . . . Led the team in tackles each of his last two years . . . Totaled 174 tackles including 61 solos, 39 for loss, 12 sacks, six forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles . . . Totaled 97 tackles with 19 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior . . . Named first team All-County as a junior and senior . . . Was also a Super 9 pick . . . Earned honorable mention all-area as a junior and second-team all-area as a senior . . . Received the Coaches Award as a sophomore and junior for his hustle and determination . . . Also was the MVP of his freshman baseball team and the starting catcher as a senior.

Johnson Richardson TE 6-2.5 217 Charlotte, NC (Providence Day)
A three-year starter for Providence Day School in Charlotte . . . Also saw action as a long-snapper . . . Team captain in 2005 . . . Earned all-conference and honorable mention all-state . . . Recorded 40 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss along with one interception . . . Played in the All-Star Shrine Classic . . . Played for Coach Keith Flynn . . . The Chargers were second in the state in 2005 . . . Invited to play in the “Down Under Bowl” . . . Three-year letterman in football and lacrosse . . . Nominee for the Wendy’s High School Heisman . . . Member of the Honor Roll.. . . Grandson of former Wofford wide receiver and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson . . . Father was a wide receiver at North Carolina.

Brian Whitehurst RB 5-8 155 Fort Meade, FL (Worcester, MA Academy)
Named first team All-State at linebacker in 2004 by the Florida Sports Writers Association . . . Helped lead Fort Meade HS to the 2004 Florida Class 1A State Championship . . . Also competed in the state weightlifting championships . . . Led the Miners to their fourth state title game in five seasons . . . Caught a 64-yard touchdown pass in the 2004 state championship game against Jacksonville Trinity Christian . . . Had a 60-yard touchdown run in the semifinal win over Glades Day School, a game in which he also stripped a kick returner of the ball returned it 30 yards for a score and returned a fumble 32 yards for a touchdown . . . Scored on a 36-yard run in the quarterfinal win over Evangel . . . Rushed for 80 yards in 13 carries in a 42-6 win over Frostproof . . . Had five carries for 62 yards and one score in a win over Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic . . . Collected 107 yards rushing on only one half in a win over Mulberry . . . Had 150 yards rushing in the 2003 Kickoff Classic win over Haines City.

Matt Vick OL 6-2 240 Columbiana, AL (Shelby County HS)
Team captain and four-year letterwinner at Shelby County High. . . Starter on both the offensive and defensive lines . . . Earned All-County honors as a junior and senior from the Shelby County Reporter . . . Played for coach Bruce Breland . . . Led the Wildcats to the first round of the state playoffs in 2005 . . . Made 146 tackles in his final two seasons . . . Also had 12 sacks, an interception and a blocked field goal attempt . . . Squad was fourth in the region his senior year and third as a junior . . .

Joe Fornadel OL 6-2 255 Pittsburgh, PA (Mt. Lebanon HS)
Two-year letterman on the offensive line at Mt. Lebanon High in Pittsburgh . . . Reached the WPIAL AAA semifinals against McKeesport as a senior . . . Played for Coach Chris Haering . . . Posted playoff wins over Connellsville in the first round and Trinity in the quarterfinals before falling to McKeesport in 2005 . . . Member of the National Honor Society . . . His father, Ed, played at West Virginia while his grandfather played at Pittsburgh . . . Also has two uncles who played at James Madison and an uncle that played at Penn State.

Pat Illig OT 6-4 309 Pittsburgh, PA (Central Catholic HS)
A big, strong offensive lineman who is the largest member of Wofford’s incoming class . . . Earned honorable mention All-State honors in 2004 and was an all-conference and all-state pick in 2005 . . . Blocked for Eugene Jarvis who became only the fifth WPIAL AAAA runner to surpass 4,000 rushing yards in a career . . . Helped Central Catholic to a pair of WPIAL AAAA championships . . . Two-year starter . . . Listed among the top 50 recruits in Pennsylvania by Rivals.Com . . . Attended the same high school as former Dolphin Dan Marino.

Cody Van Der Linden LB 6-2 230 Carlsbad, CA (Carlsbad HS)
Earned second team All-Avocado League honors as a junior at Carlsbad High School . . . Helped the team to a 9-2 record as a junior . . . Played for coach Bob McAllister . . . Named second team All-CIF San Diego Section as a senior . . . Led the Lancers to the CIF-SDS Division I championship with a 17-6 win over Torrey Pines . . . Squad defeated Poway 19-6 in the quarterfinals and Bonita Vista 28-0 in the semifinals . . . Team finished 13th in the state . . . Collected 100 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and two sacks as a senior . . . Picked up 90 tackles and 14 tackles for loss along with four sacks as a junior . . . Named team defensive MVP three years . . . Named to the All-Academic Team in 2004 and ‘05 . . . Also ran the 400 meters in track.

Joseph Inman TE 6-4 248 Stilwell, OK (Stilwell HS)
Earned All-State honors at Stilwell High School in Stilwell, OK . . . Selected for the KURM Arkansas/Oklahoma Dream Team in football . . . Three-year letterman . . . Led the Indians in receiving as a senior . . . Earned all-district honors as a tight end . . . Also lettered in basketball and baseball . . . Will graduate second in his class this spring . . . Member of the Oklahoma Honor Society and the Superintendent’s Honor Roll

Doug Thompson LB • 6-1 • 250 • Seffner, FL (Armwood HS)
High School: 2006 graduate of Armwood High . . . Helped lead the Hawks
to three straight state championship games, winning titles in 2003 and 2004. . . From his middle linebacker position, led Armwood to wins in 42 of his 44 games including a 13-2 record as a senior, 14-0 as a junior and 15-0 as a sophomore . . . Set school records for the most tackles in a game, season and career . . . Made 20 stops in one game as a sophomore . . . Also had two interception returns for scores in 2003 . . . Chosen Defensive Player of the Year by the Tampa Tribune as a senior . . . Named first team All-Western Conference in 2003 and 2005 . . . A three time first team All-Sun Coast selection . . . Earned first team all-state honors as a junior and senior, second team as a sophomore . . . Had a key fumble recovery in the 2005 state title game . . . Team captain as a junior and senior . . . Led a Hawk defense that produced five shutouts in 2005 . . . Was one of just two Armwood players to start in all three state title games . . . Also handled the long snapping . . . Had 72 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and three sacks prior to the state finals . . . Played for coach Sean Callahan . . . Personal: Born Dec. 31, 1987 in Brandon, FL . . . Son of Mike and Katie Thompson . . . His brother Mike is a defensive lineman at the University of Buffalo

PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:46 pm
by BestOfBreed

Gary Blount :twisted:

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:35 am
by Ruckus
Looks like a good class for speed if nothing else. I am worreid about so few OL and ZERO DL. Other than that, std WoCo recruits, generally undersized (except the OL). Let's hope the schemes protect them a little. I really thought that our playoff run of 2003 would produce a little better talent. Did anyone see Furman's 12 signees? Studs, every one. I thought the recruiting gap was closing a little with the 'Dins but this year it didn't. Mike will have em playing hard but effort will only carry you so far. We better execute better on both sides of the ball. Confidence plays a big part.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 1:29 pm
by BestOfBreed
I look for them to still sign someone on the defensive line. Ayers spoke about it in the Herald today. I think Dane Romero signed several days after signing day last year and if I remember correctly Rickey Bunton signed about a month or so after signing day last year. I think the cutoff is April 1st for LOI.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 2:50 pm
by Ruckus
Losing those Tenn. kids who had verbally committed hurt (one to Tenn .Tech and one to Austin Peay (which creates another question of how we could lose a good kid to A.P)). We'll sign a few more I am sure but it would be nice to see us signing more top rate recruits early.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 3:24 pm
by Rowdy
Are we losing some recruits due to not being able to offer them full schlorships? Seems like I recall we only have 48 athletic schlorships and most, if not all, of our 1-AA competitors have 60+. If this is correct, it seems to put us at a disadvantage out of the gate. I know some of the kids are on academic, but it couldn't be that many.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 3:53 pm
by Ruckus
It may be a function of money but in order to even qualify our kids must be strong academically. So, with as much grant money as is out there for need and academics, one would think a blended pkg would be available. In the 80s, I went to Wofford on a part academic and part athletic scholarship which met almost all my costs. I don't know how it works now and what options are available. You are correct in that we have only 45 or so total scholarships. Which why our support of the Terrier club is so vital to our program. I've seen discussions on other boards (UFFP) where participants talk about Wofford having full rides like the Ivy league but we don't call it that etc. that's a bunch of junk. Wofford is without a doubt doing more with less money than anybody else in the conference or D1-AA for that matter. That's precisely why we can't be too awfully disappointed in 6-5 seasons (for the record, I didn't think we played up to our ability this past year, injuries not withstanding). Not that we should accept losing, but our goals have to be more realistic. It also puts that 2003 undefeated season in the SoCon in better perpesctive and makes it look like the miracle (miracle may be too strong a word) that it was. Those years come around once every 20 years or so, until we can get Mike more money to recruit with. Unfortunately, football is no different than life: at a certain point, it all comes down to the almighty dollar.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 4:27 pm
by BestOfBreed
Paul Strelow chat from the Herald website today:

Topic: Wofford
Spartanburg: Any thoughts on the Terriers' class?
Answer: Losing LB Daniel Becker hurts, that's for sure.
Becker, who led Ravenwood Academy in Nashville, Tenn., to the 5A state title, de-committed late in favor of Austin Peay, which is closer to home.
He and RB Jeremy Marshall were the two freshmen most likely to garner immedate time.
Ron Flott Jr. and Buck Brown could get some time at second-string safety, in my opinion, but the Terriers weren't able to address needs at either defensive tackle or along the offensive line.
So I think in the end, this one won't go down as one of their strongest classes.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:38 am
by Terriertime
One, Strelow doesn't know what the heck he's talking about and here's why:
- We picked up Gary Blount at the last moment at LB, coaches thought he was going to Harvard all along. He's every bit as good as the Ravenwood kid. (btw- the two Tennessee kids we lost simply wanted to stay closer to home)
- The Terriers picked up TREMENDOUS skill position players on offense, in Whitehurst and Marshall (Trust me one or both will contribute next year).
- As far as O-line- Last year we picked up four very good ones. This year we got three (there's another center coming from Alabama) It just looks thin because Brad Anderson, Davy Olmsted, Jake Simmons, and Ben Friday aren't coming back. The Terriers definately have quality on the line, just not quantity
O.K.- Now my vent is over

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 1:42 am
by BestOfBreed
I was reading about Blount yesterday. He sounds like a beast... winning his schools overall strength and conditioning award the two years prior to this and coming in second overall this year (first among senior football players).

Also, I love seeing us signing lots of speed on both sides of the ball.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 9:53 am
by Ruckus
No doubt about it, we got speed; and there still may be quality at o-line, but there's no denying the fact we needed some d-line help which we haven't gotten yet. I also would have liked to have seen us sign another tight end and qb if the Davitte kid is moved to receiver. Blount and the 2 Miller kids sound good at lb. But here's the age old problem: our starting 11 on both sides of the ball can generally play with anybody, but with injuries and and the need for depth that is where we start losing ground, either in experience or talent. I am as resigned as anybody to the fact that we are always facing the uphill battle as underdogs for a myriad of reasons(money and scholarships for starters) and I appreciate the the commitment our players make. BUT I still would like to see the recruiting gap closing, at least on paper. There's a reason Furman and App and GSU are, year in year out, perennial SoCon powers and nationally ranked. Paper or not, they get more players who are extremely talented. More speed and more size doesn't always mean coming out on top but dang sure helps. The margin for error is so much finer for us than them because of it come the fall.

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:18 am
by fgs44
I think on defense we will be ok---We have a lot of quality kids coming back everywhere but at nose tackle---That position has been handled outstandingly for the last seven years with Fuqua and Bethay---I suspect that the staff had that as one of their top priorities, but could'nt come up with the right guy-----It may well be that they plan to move Baker back to the middle-----He is very athletic, which allowed him to move to the outside, but we have several guys that are young that probably are very capable there-----
Offensively, we should be better than last year---A little better execution here, or there, would have made a big difference-----With KJ coming back, Romero having been discovered and having a full spring and fall practice to develop his role, the addition of the two speedsters, plus last years freshmen, coupled with having two good qbs, plus good young offensive linemen, I think we could have a record breaking year in offensive production---Of course its a competitive conference, and everyone else probably also thinks they will be better----Our team requires speed and quickness at all positions to be successful, and I think we have more than years past----

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:24 am
by Ruckus
the key word on both sides of the ball: execution.........and another Bethay or 2 wouldn't hurt. heck, is there anyway we could dress him in another number and let play another position?

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:48 am
by BestOfBreed
Really nice article on Blount. A must read: ... rts2.3.txt

PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:59 am
by Ruckus
so he is going to redshirt. I guess the coaches don't need immediately him after all.