Dear Bob – You’re Doing It Wrong (Part 2) June 8, 2009
So as my old buddy Bob Asmussen continues to get it wrong (I mean, seriously, a starting cornerback at #34? One spot behind the long snapper? Really?) So here’s the next 10 on my list:
#40 Troy Pollard – I’ve been impressed with Pollard every time he finds the field… which hasn’t been very often. So either he’s a bad practice guy who never does enough to earn playing time, or he’s still fighting his injuries. He’s hoping it’s the second, and that he’s 100%. ‘Cause we could use a scatback.
#39 Corey Lewis – I might like Bob’s placement (#30) better than mine if he fights past Ryan Palmer for a starting job. But after a winter where everyone was saying that Lewis was our starting left tackle for the next three years, new OL coach Joe Gilber arrived and A) moved Jeff Allen to left tackle, and B) gave Ryan Palmer the starting spot on the right side coming out of the spring. If those two lock down those spots, we might not see Lewis until he’s a senior.
#38 Eddie McGee – Move him higher if Jenkins and Duvalt struggle and Eddie steals some slot receiver minutes. Move him higher if something happens to Juice and Eddie steps in as the starting QB. But keep him right here if neither of those two things happen. Which I’m hoping will be the case.
#37 Travon Bellamy – A fairly big disappointment at safety last year. Bellamy looked very promising in 2006 (especially his pick-six at Wisconsin that made it a game). He missed 2007 with an injury, and then moved into the starting spot at free safety in 2008 and… flopped. Here’s hoping his move back to cornerback brings us some more pick-sixes.
#36 Clay Nurse – I’m probably fooled by the fact that he’s a pass rushing defensive end wearing #97 in orange and blue, and I love all pass rushing defensive ends wearing #97 in orange and blue. But I’m really looking for Nurse to be Will Davis, circa 2007. Unknown at the beginning of the year, and then the reputation as our best pass rusher by October.
#35 Terry Hawthorne – I’ll say it again. We’ll look back on the decade of the 2000′s (is there a name yet? The aughts?) and list the following players as our top 3 recruits: 1. Rashard Mendenhall, 2. Arrelious Benn, 3. Terry Hawthorne. We’ll only see flashes this year – 17 yards-after-catch here, 49-yard kickoff return there – but I think his future is just as bright as Benn’s.
#34 Hubie Graham – From what little you could see in the scrimmages and the spring game, it appears that Mike Schultz wants to use the tight ends more, both in the running game and the passing game. Many formations had an H-back next to the tight end, something you didn’t see with Locksley. I think that means more minutes for Hubie. He had offers from everywhere from Michigan to UCLA – he’s hoping some of that athleticism begins to show, because he’s a huge part of our 2010 and 2011 teams.
#33 Bo Flowers – This ranking is based solely on his importance to the team (especially if Hardeman can’t return from his neck injury) and not on observed talent. Because I’ve never been high on Flowers. Takes bad angles. Never wraps up. Gets caught out of position often. I could say I’m hoping for a junior year improvement from him, but the dude’s in his mid-20′s now, so…
#32 Zach Becker – Under Hubie Graham I mentioned how we seem to have an H-back set now (and no real fullback sets). Well, I think Becker is that H-back. To me, this means we’d rather him block from the wing than from a spot behind the QB. And we’ll throw to him 12 times next year. And he’ll be good at both.
#31 Jerry Brown – I keep wincing, hoping to not read a “Brown will be at Parkland for a semester as he hopes to get his grades back in order” headline. But I think it’s coming. Which is too bad – he treated Ryan Palmer like a toy in the Spring Game.
More to come in 10 days, when Asmussen picks walkon safety Kevin Johnson as our 21st most important player.