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  1. Holy balls, Naiquon Barner!! And, is there an upset brewing at the presumed feature back position for both UCLA and Utah?!?? Tremaine Clemons and Bronson Love both looked...like freshmen.
  2. Nah, I prefer the complex one...but 2013 was fun as hell!
  3. Want to bump this, @Soluna, after training camp. His locker room changed to [-1], but his weight and spacing issues remained.
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    Attribute Ideas

    How about: * boosts teammate [insert position] effect x 1.5 (plays well with others) * when opponents [C] is positive effect, player’s effect minimized by half (mimicking a player that wilts in front of big time center, for example) * +2 score when opponent has negative SG effect (eats up weaker Shooting Guards)
  5. That QB battle will be interesting. What happens if Brohm goes off in Spring game?
  6. Thanks for all this awesome work and the clarity of the introduction. Mods killing it!
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    I feel like this trend toward more "raw" and singer/songwriter types in folk/country is good, but I wish there was a little more concern for the actual sound in the performance. Maybe why I prefer acts like Shakey Graves and Chris Stapleton to this, just slightly. Those guys are mostly 'raw' and unfiltered, but also sound better. Like Tyler Childers' songs quite a bit though... My two cents.
  8. Yes! Great media start, keep ‘em coming.
  9. Holy hell, yes I did. That...may bump you up. I can't believe I misses that...
  10. Yeah, I figured you'd have to give him a look, but seem totally set up to redshirt Streeter so that he can be a pain in my freaking ass for 4 years, instead of just three.
  11. Finally, to finish out this little series on Position Group rankings, we turn to the Defensive side of the ball in the PAC-12 South. Arizona dominated the defensive end in 2022, until the meat of their Conference slate came calling. USC and Colorado also had efficient and exciting seasons defensively, with standouts at multiple levels, including the Thorpe winner in DeSean Barkley. UCLA and Arizona State didn't offer much resistance to opposing offenses in 2022, so we'll see if improvements can be made quickly. Utah...well, Utah struggled last season. This is a best guess at starters and schemes for each school, and I've indicated a player that could be a redshirt candidate with a (*). On to the rankings... DEFENSIVE LINE 3-4 front likely DE Tyriek Humphrey 6-2 245 (Sr) Stratford (Stratford, OK) 4.5 of 4.5 [Contain] DT Donte Spencer 6-2 298 (Jr) Mesquite (Gilbert AZ) 3.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DT Siali Ainuu 6-5 332 Jr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DE Gabriel Darwin-Turner 6-1 250 Jr Hartnell College (Salinas CA) 4.0 of 4.5 [Contain] 3-4 front likely DE Parker Fry 6-6 248 (Jr) Clifton (Clifton AZ) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] DT Alpha Goldman 6-4 301 (Jr) Moon Valley (Phoenix AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [2-Gap] DT Elias Pendleton 6-1 308 (Jr) East Fork Lutheran (Whiteriver AZ) 3.0 of 3.0 [2-Gap]*DE Marc Burroughs 6-6 266 Fr Avenal (Avenal CA) 1.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] 3-4 front likely DE Josh Bain 6-3 259 (Sr) Columbia (Burbank, WA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] DT Jack Holland 6-6 333 Sr Sacramento City College (Sacramento CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [2-Gap] DT Calvin Reeder 6-2 307 (So) Falcon (Falcon CO) 3.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] DE Frank Hinson 6-7 238 (So) Munroe Day (Quincy FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] either 3-4 or 4-3 possible DE Shia Abernathy 6-6 248 (So) Avenal (Avenal CA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DT Sila Tuputala 6-4 333 Jr Contra Costa College (San Pablo CA) 4.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] DT Nigel Ivey 6-0 305 (Jr) Valley (Bakersfield CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap] DE Shiloh Rowe 6-0 257 (So) Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] 4-3 front likely DE Austin Mason 6-5 272 (Fr) De La Salle (Concord CA) 2.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] DT Christian Callahan 6-3 331 So Valley Christian (San Jose CA) 3.5 of 5.0 [2-Gap] DT Dovid Cutler 6-7 286 (Sr) Williams (Williams, CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DE Terrell Francis 6-6 240 Jr East Fork Lutheran (Whiteriver AZ) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] 4-3 front likely DE Dion Pryor 6-2 268 So Pope John Paul II (Boca Raton FL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Contain]DT Daniel Russ 6-5 292 Jr Mountain View (Mesa AZ) 3.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap]DT Marlon Spencer 6-1 294 Jr Moon Valley (Phoenix AZ) 2.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DE Aboubacar Alston 6-1 264 Fr Jupiter (Jupiter FL) 2.0 of 3.0 [Contain] Tyriek Humphrey, along with strike partner Tyler Toney, absolutely tore up the PAC-12 rushing the QB last season. Toney is off to the NFL, but luckily a suitable running mate comes in the form of JuCo transfer Darwin-Turner for the 'Cats. Arizona has usually had adept linemen, but this season the two rush ends will need to put tons of pressure on opposing backfields because the middle is a bit softer. Another impact newcomer from the JuCo ranks is found in UCLA's Sila Tuputala, a 4/5 monster from Contra Costa College. Sila joins Shia Abernathy, who needs to improve his 3.5 sacks from 2022, and Nigel Ivy, who didn't even make a statsheet last season. The talent is there for the Bruins, but the production so far has been lacking. Not so from Christian Callahan and the SC interior linemen. Callahan paired with Oluwatoke Abiodun last season to the tune of 12 sacks and 15 TFLs between them. Either as a DT or NT, Callahan might be the best pass-rushing pivot man in the Conference, and should be stretching for some national awards too. Gone is Damien Bethea from Troy, but Austin Mason is off a redshirt year and ready to wreck...if only I felt as confident about the rest of the DL depth at SC. Colorado's Josh Bain recorded 1, count it ONE, sack in 2022, so he will need to step up in production significantly, especially as he won't have DeSean Barkley tying up receivers for extra time anymore. Jack Holland is an exciting new JuCo DT for the Buffaloes, and perhaps pushes 3.5 DT Aaron Doty to the bench, despite solid productivity. The Buffs should find more answers here in the trenches than they did in 2022. As for ASU and Utah...Alpha Goldman is something. These two programs have similar problems on the defensive side: simply not enough bodies. The players listed above represent 75% and 85% of the total rostered players on the defensive line. Defensive Line rankings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. LINEBACKERS 4-3 front likely OLB Ryan Hogan 6-2 223 So Hunter (West Valley City UT) 2.0 of 3.0 [Coverage]ILB William Hollis 6-4 228 Fr Valley (Bakersfield CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Mike] ILB Kameron Broughton 6-1 206 Jr Emery (Castle Dale UT) 3.0 of 3.0 [Will]OLB Alex Odom 6-4 226 Fr Grand County (Moab UT) 1.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] 4-3 front likely OLB Gregory Gibson 6-3 239 (Sr) South (Bakersfield, CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Coverage] ILB Nate Garrett 6-2 251 Jr Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Mike] ILB Eric Tuiasosopo 6-0 218 (Fr) Acalanes (Lafayette CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Will] *OLB Cory Jenkins 6-4 229 Fr Hilltop (Chula Vista CA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Coverage] either 3-4 or 4-3 possible OLB Maxwell Mohr 6-1 216 (So) East Bakersfield (Bakersfield CA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Coverage] *ILB David Gould III 6-2 238 Fr Eastlake (Chula Vista CA) 1.5 of 4.0 [Mike] ILB Dillon Hall 6-3 243 (Jr) South (Bakersfield CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Will] OLB Damian Thompson 6-2 225 Fr Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] 3-4 front likely OLB Sam Caron 5-11 228 (Sr) Williams (Williams, CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] ILB Robert Dodson 5-11 243 (So) Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will] ILB Noah Murphy 6-1 220 (Fr) Englewood (Englewood CO) 3.0 of 4.5 [Will] OLB Frederick Grant III 5-11 227 (So) Limon (Limon CO) 4.5 of 4.5 [Blitz] 3-4 front likely (ASU currently has 1 (!!) ILB on the roster) OLB Samuel Goldman 6-3 228 (Jr) Yuma Catholic (Yuma AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] ILB Jared Hansen 6-1 219 So Catalina Magnet (Tucson AZ) 4.0 of 4.5 [Will]OLB Kieran Skaggs 5-11 236 (So) Desert Eagle (Scottsdale AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] 3-4 front likely OLB J.T. Raji 5-11 236 (So) Douglas (Douglas AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] ILB Adam Norman 6-2 236 Sr Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Mike] ILB Eric Ervin 6-1 211 Sr Mesa Community College (Mesa AZ) 4.5 of 4.5 [Will] OLB Myles Hunter 6-4 241 (Jr) Willow Canyon (Surprise AZ) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] Colorado's Sam Caron is a total beast, a stud with his hand on the ground or standing up. He leads the strongest collection of linebacking talent in the South, especially with WILB Noah Murphy coming off his redshirt season. After Caron, there is young talent in the Buffs linebacking room, but it is top notch talent. Similarly, Arizona brings productive and experienced set of 'backers to the for with J.T. Raji and Myles Hunter, plus the addition of Eric Ervin from JuCo land to slide in next to Adam Norman. Even though he's not a 5/5 player like Greg Gibson next to him, Nate Garrett for USC might be the best linebacker in the South, and likely the most productive ILB in the Conference along with Wazzu's Aaron Mathis. Garrett is the Human Dyson, sucking up tackles left and right. SC will continue to rely on youth around Garrett and Gibson, though, bring a little bit of doubt into this group. Arizona State has three excellent players in Goldman/Hansen/Skaggs, but again the issue is bodies: Hansen is the only ILB on the roster. He's gonna be tired all the time. UCLA is chomping at the bit to get stud frosh Damian Thompson on the field, which they will do immediately. Behind Thompson, there isn't a lot of talent at OLB on the roster, but at least he gets to learn from stat sheet stuff Dillon Hall (61 tkls, 7 picks in 2022). Utah has TWO stud freshman that will get playing time--Alex Odom and Will Hollis are the two highest potential players at LB on the roster--but again fall into the "we need more men!" position that ASU is rocking at present. Linebacker rankings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. DEFENSIVE SECONDARY CB Nawkaw Rudd 5-9 171 (Jr) Yuma Catholic (Yuma AZ) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] CB Jerraud Collins 5-10 179 (Fr) Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Stephen Spencer 5-11 194 (Jr) Catalina Magnet (Tucson AZ) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] FS Landon Wilkes 5-11 210 (Fr) Seton Catholic (Chandler AZ) 2.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Thierno Herbert 6-2 189 (So) Mitchell-Baker (Camilla GA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Gavin Andrews-Bradley 5-11 192 (Sr) East Fork Lutheran (Whiteriver, AZ) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Myles Slaughter 5-10 174 (Fr) Alhambra (Phoenix AZ) 2.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] *CB Olivier Nixon-Pressley 5-11 182 Fr La Joya Community (Avondale AZ) 1.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Jacob Donald 6-0 216 (So) Edison (Stockton CA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] *SS Cordell Glenn 6-1 221 Fr Chandler (Chandler AZ) 1.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Chad Manuel 6-2 203 (So) Thatcher (Thatcher AZ) 3.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Abdul Drummond 6-0 169 (So) Delta Academy (Marks MS) 2.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]CB Shaun Boykin 6-2 197 (So) Episcopal (Jacksonville FL) 2.5 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] *FS Cameron Ellington 5-11 194 Fr Elizabeth (Elizabeth CO) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] SS Ivan Borden 5-11 195 (Sr) Lake Stevens (Stevens, WA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] CB Kai Wooten 5-9 160 (Fr) Fontana (Fontana CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Andrew Poole 6-0 202 (Sr) Columbia (Burbank, WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Travis Byrd 6-0 164 (Jr) Edison (Stockton CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Nathan Tolliver 5-10 196 (Fr) Angelo Rodriguez (Fairfield CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] SS Cayden Pendleton 5-11 191 (Fr) Desert (Edwards CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Maximillian Wilcox 5-11 164 So Long Beach Polytechnic (CA) 3.5 of 5.0 [Man Coverage]CB Darren Tamayo 5-10 165 (Fr) Acalanes (Lafayette CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Christian Stubbs 6-0 190 So Argonaut (Jackson CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS Chase Clemons 6-1 189 (Fr) Blue Ridge (Lakeside AZ) 3.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Ryan Smiley 5-10 198 (Fr) Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 3.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Zion Hooker 5-11 195 (Sr) Pleasant Grove (Grove, UT) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]CB Akiem Powell 5-9 190 (Jr) Manti (Manti UT) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage]CB Odel Irving 6-2 179 (So) Crescent (Iva SC) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Avery Gilmore 6-1 212 (Jr) Williston (Williston ND) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] SS Shaun Blackmon 5-10 201 Fr West Covina (West Covina CA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] Utah's secondary is clearly in much better shape than their Front 7 on defense, and they have two of the least well-known productive players in the country in Zion Hooker and Avery Gilmore. Hooker had 12 tkls, 5 picks, and 3 PDs in 5 sheets last season, while Gilmore--after choosing Utah over Minnesota in 2019--racked up an amazing 49 tkls, 2 picks, and 4 PDs as the last line of defense on a terrible Ute defense in 2022. They get a little help from newcomer Shaun Blackmon, the only SS on the roster. Max Wilcox, a true freshman in 2022, was excellent for Coach Jumbo's Trojans, and enters 2023 looking to nail down an All-PAC spot at CB. Three members of Wilcox's recruiting class, Tamayo, Clemons and Smiley, take over at CB2 and the two safety spots, respectively, with nice progressions in the offseason. That should bode quite well for the Trojans, who have ELITE talent at all three levels of the defense. Chad Manuel has to go it alone in Boulder this season, sad about the departure of DeSean Barkley. He and Ivan Borden will be good-to-go, but will playmakers emerge at other spots in the secondary. The 2022 recruiting class was kind to the UCLA secondary, with three (FR) in line for serious playing time this fall. Nathan Tolliver starts his college career as a 4/4 freshman, a truly special designation. With Eric Hall and Shamar Chavis out of eligibility in Tucson, the excellently-named Nawkaw Rudd assumes the mantle of CB1 at Arizona. He's joined by some other promising talent, especially Thierno Herbert and young Landon Wilkes at the safety spots. Arizona State will be pinning hopes on a bucket of youth in their secondary, that likely SHOULD (but won't) get a redshirt season. "Into the fire" seems oddly appropriate for the Sun Devils. Defensive Secondary rankings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Conference Overview on Defense There are a couple programs that are absolutely built to Win Now on defense, led by Washington State, who takes home the top overall spot in the Defensive rankings. The Cougars have incredibly elite talent at all three levels, with just a tad more production to their credit than USC's fantastic foursome of Callahan, Gibson, Garrett, and Wilcox. USC, however, is built to Win Continuously, and they MIGHT win now as well. Arizona's defense, the toast of the Conference in 2022, stays in relatively good shape, but certainly takes a step back. That's bound to happen when you have three players drafted. Colorado's front 7 is looking fearsome, and the secondary is competent. That speaks volumes for the recruiting Colorado has done of late, starting with coaches Rome and Franz Kafka, and now carried on by Llamas. The Buffs slot in just ahead of Washington and Stanford, who each have one weak area but are buffeted by two strong sections. You could say the same about Oregon, but their weakness is dramatically off-set by the serious strengths in the back 7. So we generally put the Ducks ahead of outfits like CAL (young talent, not enough experience) and UCLA (will be relying on so many new players, though massive upgrades to 2022). The Bruins are strong where Oregon is weak. Arizona State, Utah, and Oregon State, have talent in places, but simply not enough bodies to compete on Defense at the PAC-12 level. The Sun Devils and Utes, in particular, will have to rely on exciting and efficient offenses to carry the day. The Beavers...well, they'll just need to keep from getting hurt.
  12. I love seeing game-by-game breakdowns like this. If the ‘Runners can get past Hawai’i, then perhaps you’re staring at 10-2, with UT and either FIU or Rice being slip ups. But Hawai’i is pretty damn solid. The UT-UTSA game last year was so close, maybe that’s where you can snag a marquee OOC win. Good luck!
  13. More position group rankings, this time looking at the defensive side of the ball in the PAC-12 North. Two days ago, we saw that the California Golden Bears have the makings of a much-improved offense with a stellar backfield, quite solid receiving units, and a useful offensive line. By the way, this entire series was inspired by @Jieret's excellent article looking ahead to the 2023 season. In general, I'm using his best guess at starters. Again, players that are ripe for a redshirt season are noted with a (*). On to the rankings...! Defensive Line 3-4 front likely DE Jamal Dorsey 6-7 250 (So) Southwest (San Diego CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] ATH Adam Gibson 6-3 331 Jr Horizon (San Diego CA) 3.0 of 5.0 [2-Gap] DT Mason Neely 6-7 308 (Jr) Glendale (Glendale CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [1-Gap] *DE Sincere Brinson 6-6 240 Fr Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 1.5 of 3.0 [Contain] 4-3 front DE Golden Grigson 6-6 255 (Fr) St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DT Lakopo Moli 6-1 286 (Jr) Corvallis (Corvallis OR) 4.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap]ATH Sean Willis 6-7 325 So Beaverton (Beaverton OR) 2.0 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DE Marquise Guy 6-6 256 Sr Lebanon (Lebanon OR) 3.0 of 3.0 [Blitz] 3-4 front likely DE Larry Swain 6-1 242 (So) Blanchet Catholic (Salem OR) 3.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DT Erik Benner 6-7 307 (Jr) Charles Wright (Tacoma WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [2-Gap] DT Tavarreus Banks 6-6 310 Fr Lewiston (Lewiston ID) 3.0 of 3.0 [1-Gap] DE David Rainey 6-5 256 Sr Columbia (Burbank WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Contain] 3-4 front likely DE Byron Betts 6-3 255 (Fr) Hayfork (Hayfork CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Contain]DT Kofi Hyde 6-0 291 So Trabuco Hills (Mission Viejo CA) 2.5 of 4.5 [2-Gap] DT Ronnie Lyles 6-7 291 Fr Williams (Williams CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [1-Gap] DE Shawntez Solomon 6-4 241 (Fr) Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 2.0 of 4.5 [Blitz] 4-3 front likely DE Antoine Dudley 6-5 271 (Jr) Service (Anchorage AK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] DT Dominique Black 6-2 287 Sr Raritan Valley Community College (North Branch NJ) 5.0 of 5.0 [1-Gap] *DT Alexander Hamilton 6-6 300 Fr Capital (Olympia WA) 1.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap] *DE Cassius Garner 6-3 247 Fr Tekoa-Oakesdale (Oakesdale WA) 1.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] 3-4 front likely DE Quincy Hobson 5-11 261 (Sr) Ripon (Ripon, CA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Blitz] DT Malachi Overton 6-7 329 (Jr) Richland (Richland WA) 4.0 of 4.0 [2-Gap] *DT D'Marreio Smart 6-3 310 Fr Richland (Richland WA) 2.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap] DE Emmanuel Knox 6-2 245 Sr Citrus College (Glendora CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Contain] The influx of JuCo and freshman talent for the Washington schools--DE Cassius Garner, DTs Dominique Black and Alexander Hamilton (!!!) in Seattle, and DT D'Marreio Smart in Pullman--came at the perfect time. These additions are enormous for two programs that have designs on winning not only the division. DE Quincy Hobson from Wazzu is THE dominant returner in charge of harassing QBs in the PAC-12, and he anchors the best DLine in the division. Though it looks like Stanford will be running a 3-4, the Cardinal sport two young but talented DEnds in Betts and Solomon, with rising So Kofi Hyde on the inside. California has two excellent pieces in big Adam Gibson and end Jamal Dorsey, and should do well in the trenches. Oregon and Oregon State have talent in spots but will be relying on scheme to lead the way. Homegrown Larry Swain is the Beavers best lineman, and he can get after the quarterback. The Ducks, reeling from the early declaration of Donte Floyd at one end position and the graduation of DT Landry Everett, now turn their attention to wonderfully-named Golden Grigson as the lead rush end, and stalwart DT Lakopo Moli, though it looks like the Ducks will likely come up short. Defensive Line rankings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Linebackers 3-4 front likely OLB Cameron Maxwell 6-2 230 (Jr) North Thurston (Lacey WA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] ILB Christopher Orr 6-2 235 (Sr) Fontana (Fontana, CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Mike]ILB Aaron Mathis 6-3 223 Sr Shorecrest (Seattle WA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Will] OLB Justin Shook 6-3 235 (Sr) Vernon Kilpatrick (Malibu, CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] 4-3 front likely OLB Jaden Grace 6-2 239 (Sr) Eielson (AFB, AK) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] ILB Walter Daugherty 6-2 214 (Jr) North Thurston (Lacey WA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Will]*ILB Jake Bruce 6-4 239 Fr Renton (Renton WA) 1.0 of 4.5 [Mike] *OLB Solomon Wheatley 5-11 229 Fr McKinley Tech (Boston MA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Blitz] 3-4 front likely OLB Dennis Carlton 5-11 237 (So) Needles (Needles CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz]ILB Mikeal Holman 6-3 221 (Fr) Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Will]*ILB Jamari Amos 6-1 250 Fr West Covina (West Covina CA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Mike]OLB Alex Melendez 6-3 241 (Fr) D.S. Jordan (Los Angeles CA) 2.5 of 4.0 [Blitz] 3-4 front likely OLB Jacob Cotton 6-0 222 Jr Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] ILB Nathaniel Brumfield 6-3 239 Sr St. Mary's College (Berkeley CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Mike]ILB Tony Ennis 6-3 208 Sr Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Will] OLB Ronan Ulrich 6-2 236 (So) Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Blitz] 4-3 front OLB Jacob Gaines 5-11 227 (So) Newberg (Newberg OR) 3.0 of 5.0 [Coverage] ILB Ryder Gruber 6-3 235 So Salem Academy (Salem OR) 2.5 of 4.0 [Mike]*ILB Carlos Ramirez 6-2 246 Fr Paisley (Paisley OR) 1.5 of 5.0 [Mike] OLB Mayer Emerson 5-11 223 (Sr) Sonoma Valley (Sonoma, CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Coverage] 3-4 front OLB Mamadou Holloway 5-11 226 Sr Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Coverage] ILB Phillip Randall 6-3 217 (Fr) Justin-Siena (Napa CA) 2.0 of 4.5 [Will] ILB D'Andre Phillips 6-4 252 (Jr) Mission San Jose (Fremont CA) 4.0 of 4.5 [Mike] *OLB Marc Crawley 5-11 228 Fr Galileo Academy (San Francisco CA) 1.0 of 3.5 [Coverage] Oregon takes advantage of a dearth of high-quality Outside Linebackers across the division with Jacob Gaines and Mayer Emerson, two of the best coverage 'backers in the Conference. Sophomore Ryder Gruber is fresh off a stellar rookie campaign at ILB, but will be pushed by 5* recruit Carlos Ramirez in fall camp. The other 4-3 team in the division--Washington--brings two accomplished 'backers plus two freshman in a strong, if unspectacular, group. Wheatley is ready, he just needs trust from his coaches. Oregon State has no pro talent players in their linebacking corps, but do have solidly productive returners in Cotton and Ennis. Mamadou Holloway and All-PAC 2nd teamer D'Andre Phillips lead a very capable squad in Berkely who need contributions on one side from a freshman or walk-on level player. Wazzu sports Aaron Mathis--he of the 59 tackles and 5 sacks--and Cameron Maxwell on a second line of defense that is almost as scary as their front line. Linebacker rankings 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Defensive Secondary CB Shaq Kimbrough 6-0 163 Sr Darton State College (Albany GA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Zachary Riggins 5-11 202 (Fr) Argonaut (Jackson CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Nicholas Ragland 5-10 188 (Jr) Glendale (Glendale CA) 3.0 of 3.0 [Man Coverage] FS Quincy Sterling 6-1 200 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 2.0 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] *SS Coleridge Beverly 5-10 195 Fr Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] CB Jamir Lacey 5-11 166 Sr Central (Independence OR) 5.0 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Donte Terry 5-9 204 (Sr) Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA) 4.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]*CB Kayvon Harris 5-11 177 Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos CA) 2.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] FS Andrew Thomas 6-0 191 Sr Dean (Franklin MA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] SS Taye Williams 6-2 206 Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos CA) 1.5 of 5.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Dylan Talbert 6-0 174 (So) El Dorado (Placerville CA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] CB Jordan Nunn 5-11 177 (So) Liberty (Bakersfield CA) 2.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Sincere Harris 6-2 167 Sr Powers (Powers OR) 3.0 of 3.0 [Zone Coverage] *FS Julius Seay 6-2 205 Fr Lompoc (Lompoc CA) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] SS Eli Woods 5-10 200 (Jr) Powers (Powers OR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Damani Driver 5-10 178 (Jr) Eastlake (Chula Vista CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]CB Donovan Powell 6-0 184 (Jr) Needles (Needles CA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage]CB Hakeem Grey 6-1 170 So Ripon (Ripon CA) 3.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] *FS Branden Bonner 6-2 194 Fr Centennial (Corona CA) 1.5 of 4.5 [Man Coverage] SS Adalius Poole 6-2 193 (Fr) Chula Vista (Chula Vista CA) 2.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] CB Kofi Dennis 6-0 162 (Jr) Columbia (Burbank WA) 4.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage] CB Daniel Grady 6-0 198 Sr Mohawk (Marcola OR) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage]CB Richard Middleton 6-1 178 (Jr) Concrete (Concrete WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] FS Aboubacar Ward 6-2 188 (Jr) Concrete (Concrete WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Eddie Hicks 5-10 218 (Sr) Shorecrest (Seattle, WA) 3.5 of 3.5 [Man Coverage] CB Darron Rucker 6-2 182 Sr Atlanta Metropolitan College (Atlanta GA) 5.0 of 5.0 [Man Coverage] CB Lawrence Colbert 6-1 177 (Fr) Montesano (Montesano WA) 2.5 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]CB Ian Gaston 6-0 185 (Fr) Mt. Diablo (Concord CA) 2.0 of 4.0 [Zone Coverage] FS Lardarius Braswell Jr. 6-1 180 (So) Jupiter (Jupiter FL) 3.5 of 3.5 [Zone Coverage] SS Thomas Gay 5-11 200 (So) Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu HI) 3.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage] Washington's lone weakness on defense, if it can indeed be called a weakness, is the inimitable Kofi Dennis leading an otherwise pedestrian secondary, though there is some experience there. Dennis will likely be around for another couple years, so he needs to at least meet his 23 tackles and 7 picks from 2022. Two 5.0 corners--Darron Rucker (WSU) and Jamir Lacey (UO)--dot the landscape of the North, and with both potential 1st round pick come a serious cohort of talented teammates. Wazzu young redshirt frosh CBs and SS Gay form a formidable last line of defense, especially given the prowess of the front 7. Oregon's new players in the secondary--JuCo transfer Thomas and super-frosh Taye Williams--add pro-level talent to an already shutdown group, a group that technically includes two 4.5 starters last season that will be redshirted in 2023. Stanford has an intriguing group of 4.0+ potential players, clearly the strongest part of their defense overall, and clearly living by the adage "no holes." CAL, much like their Offensive Line, has a nice mix of experience in the secondary, but will be trusting some young players to make valuable contributions. Can Shaq Kimbrough do enough to shut down opposing WRs? Tough task. Oregon State mirrors CAL's talent level, with just a hint more experience. After the Beavers 2022, however, it is not easy to see how that experience will be terribly effective in practice. Defensive Secondary rankings 1. 1a. 3. 4. 5. 6.
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