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Re: Spring Practice

Postby lawdog on Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:30 pm

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Re: Spring Practice

Postby lawdog on Mon May 01, 2017 12:08 am

With spring practice in the books, what are we hearing about thoughts and attitudes of the players regarding next season? Strengths? Needs?
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby Ruckus on Mon May 01, 2017 10:15 am

Strength: D front 7
Weaknesses: filling positions in OL; replacing Marvin in kicking game, LoLo at FB, and Jaleel at FS.
We need returning RBs and FBs to step up.
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby lawdog on Mon May 01, 2017 12:44 pm

DB's and receivers look pretty good too.
19T19, you hearing anything?
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby mudrat43 on Mon May 01, 2017 1:20 pm

Agree with you Ruckster......the DL and LBs are pretty nasty, and that should help out the secondary. I think the OL can be just as nasty if they get sorted out early and really hustle. Should have good speed at RB; tough to replace Long. QB should be pretty steady. The kicking game just won't be the same! WRs will do OK if they can get out there and block on the perimeter (we certainly don't use them for anything else). Our competition in the SoCon know what we do, and know who we have to do it with, so I don't think we sneak-up on anyone. Me thinks it could go either way this year.......boom or bust! Maybe, just maybe (hopefully) we'll open it up some, fewer FB dives and more wide open, throw that pigskin downfield stuff.....naaah, what was I thinking?
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby Ruckus on Mon May 01, 2017 2:53 pm

Won't be a bust with that D (assuming we stay healthy). The question is can we get the holes plugged on the OL (esp. at ROT) and can we get the playmakers on offense to produce and score enough points for the D.
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby lawdog on Tue May 02, 2017 6:32 pm

Take another look at our recruiting class. Can you pick six or so most likely to get significant playing time this fall?

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Re: Spring Practice

Postby Ruckus on Wed May 03, 2017 6:45 am

Priester and Lufkin probably play a lot; Beckett and Moore help out on ST; Wild doesn't RS and plays some; Phelps and/or Lovelace may contribute. Everyone else probably RS (hopefully we don't need Cam Racke at all this year).
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby lawdog on Wed May 03, 2017 3:41 pm

I see Suggs on ST and in the backfield. I could see Gardner playing some if, unexpectedly, the upperclassmen do not provide enough depth. I think Wild will RS. It will be fun to see how playing time shakes out; there is a lot of talent on this team.
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby 19TERRIER19 on Thu May 04, 2017 6:03 pm

So much talent on this roster.....and some great experience going deep in the playoffs last season.....steady hands at QB and in the backfield.....Receivers are experienced and already know the system inside and out....Defense will be outright nasty....FRont 7 and Corners will be dynamite......Look for Mason Alstatt to be in the mix for Jaleel's spot......This should be a very special season.....All things have culminated in to what this season will bring.....I expect nothing less than a SoCon Title and another deep push in the playoffs hopefully ending with our boys getting their shot at a national title.....If they get the win at Youngstown last season....I think we make it to the Finals.....Time to go all in with these boys
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby Ruckus on Thu May 04, 2017 6:39 pm

I am on board. I hear that almost all will be back on campus for BOTH semesters this summer which is unprecedented and shows the commitment and expectations of the team.
If the OL gels, guys step up where we need them to, and most importantly we stay healthy, we have a real shot at playing for a NC. A critical factor will be winning the SoCon and hopefully getting a seed heading into the playoffs to insure we play in Spartanburg. We beat YSU last year if we play in Sparkle City (should have beaten them anyway).
The good news is we don't need many of those incoming freshman to contribute.
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby 19TERRIER19 on Thu May 04, 2017 7:11 pm

Perfect post. You hit the nail on the head. First, you are correct about the Summer sessions. Secondly. You are right on the button with 2 biggest factors going forward are health, and the play and Gel of the OL. If those 2 things are solid, we are a legit national title contender. And we were last year.
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby 19TERRIER19 on Fri May 05, 2017 9:50 am

My hope is that our team and coaches play and coach accordingly. Great teams have that aura about them and I want this team to play like that. Not arrogant, but one of, we fully expect to beat every team we play. No more whoa is me business from past years failures. This is a team that everyone from the players, to the staff, to the administration, to the fans, should want and expect great things. This season should be Wofford College Statement of being a Power at the FCS Level. And I think that we will. I love the schedule, the only rub for me is the early Bye week. But I love having Furman and Mercer right out of the gates. I think that can put us in a power position in the conference race early.
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby Ruckus on Fri May 05, 2017 12:14 pm

T19 -
The early bye week and 2 big conference games (in reality, they all are) is a mixed blessing. If we win them, we are way ahead of the game (like Cid did this past year). But if we slip up, we are behind the 8 ball early. We have to be ready to play full tilt, all out, our you-know-whats to the wall right out of the gate against 2 tough teams in FU and Mercer (plus FU will be coming in with a whole new staff so the unknowns of schemes will make it even more difficult). No time to ease into our play-calling, personnel groups, and figuring out our way offensively. Defensively (assuming we are healthy), it is easier to do, especially with our experience coming back. Offensively, we have a few more challenges but the fact we have experience coming back at QB and in the backfield (WRs included) and at most OL positions should help some. The fact that MA cancelled the last practice or 2 in the Spring gives me some confidence that he is happy about where we are coming into fall camp.
But it is and will be a challenge. The D should be nasty (again) and I really like having BGood (and Newman) at the helm with experience. However, we historically (here is your woe-is-me moment) have done better being under-estimated and surprising people (like last year) rather than being the leader of the pack from the jump (I think we will be in the top 3 or 4 in SoCon rankings and should easily be in top 20 nationally in preseason polling). There sure is a lot of confidence in our camp this year than in years past. I sure like our chances.
Time will tell........
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Re: Spring Practice

Postby lawdog on Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:37 am

Chuck Rouse, RS-Sr., has started and played well in the past and, at 6-3 320 could provide a huge boost to the OL. It is a chance for him to go out with a bang.

I have always liked Dalton Sullivan's film too; quick and aggressive off the ball and now has some experience in the program. I know he has focused some on track and field, but I could see him being a big help at OL too.

Basinger is no longer a spring chicken either and has some experience and additional size; could see him providing meaningful time too.

Have not heard of any of these three having injury problems. Other hopefuls?

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