Inventory Part III – Let’s Turn That Into A 3-Deep April 23, 2012
Figured I’d take those last two inventory posts and compile them into a three-deep.
QB: Nathan Scheelhaase (JR) / Reilly O’Toole (SO) / Chase Haslett (rs-FR)
Scat-RB: Josh Ferguson (rs-FR) / Miles Osei (JR) / Devin Church (FR)
Power-RB: Donovonn Young (SO) / Zach Becker (SR) / Ean Days (rs-SO) / Dami Ayoola (FR)
Split-TE: Jon Davis (SO) / Matt LaCosse (SO) / Tim Russell (JR walkon)
Power-TE: Evan Wilson (JR) / Eddie Viliunas (SR) / Justin Lattimore (JR)
LT: Simon Cvijanovic (rs-SO) / Scott McDowell (rs-FR) / Josiah VanderHeyden (SO-walkon)
LG: Hugh Thornton (SR) / Alex Hill (rs-SO) / Chris Boles (rs-FR)
C: Graham Pocic (SR) / Jake Feldmeyer (JR) / Tony Durkin (rs-FR)
RG: Teddy Karras (rs-FR) / Tyler Sands (SR) / Joseph Spencer (FR)
RT: Michael Heitz (rs-SO) / Pat Flavin (rs-FR) / Shawn Afryl (rs-SO)
WR1: Darius Millines (JR) / Jeremy Whitlow (rs-FR) / Kenny Knight (rs-FR)
WR2: Spencer Harris (JR) / Jordan Frysinger (rs-FR) / Peter Bonahoom (rs-FR walkon)
WR3: Ryan Lankford (JR) / Fritz Rock (rs-SO) / Anthony Williams (rs-SO)
Leo: Michael Buchanan (SR) / Brandon Denmark (JR) / Darrius Caldwell (rs-FR)
DT: Glenn Foster (SR) / Austin Teitsma (rs-SO) / Chris O’Connor (rs-FR)
NG: Akeem Spence (JR) / Jake Howe (rs-SO) / Dejazz Woods (rs-SO)
DE: Justin Staples (SR) / Tim Kynard (JR) / Kenny Nelson (rs-FR)
WLB: Houston Bates (rs-SO) / Henry Dickinson (SO) / Mason Monheim (FR)
MLB: Jonathan Brown (JR) / Ralph Cooper (SO) / TJ Neal (FR)
Star: Ashante Williams (SR) / TaJarvis Fuller (FR) / Zeph Grimes (rs-FR)
CB: Terry Hawthorne (SR) / Eaton Spence (rs-FR) / Jevaris Little (FR)
FS: Steve Hull (JR) / Ben Mathis (JR-walkon) / Earnest Thomas (rs-SO)
SS: Supo Sanni (SR) / Patrick Nixon-Youman (SR) / Nick North (rs-FR)
CB: Justin Green (SR) / Jack Ramsey (SR) / V’Angelo Bentley (FR)
K: Taylor Zalewski (rs-FR) / Nick Immekus (rs-SO) / Brennen Van Mieghem (rs-FR) / Ryan Frain (FR)
P: Justin DuVernois (SO) / Brad Janitz (rs-SO) / Garrett Stroup (rs-FR)
A few thoughts (although most of this was already covered in Part I and Part II.
+ Because it appears we’ll have a few different positions in the offensive backfield, and because I refuse to use lame Northwestern-y words like “superback”, I’ve named the four backfield positions. I’m splitting the tailbacks into “Power-RB” and “Scat-RB” (for lack of a better term), and I’m splitting the tight ends into “Split-TE” and “Power-TE”. I realize that “split tight end” is an oxymoron that makes my father roll over in his grave (he was a split end as a junior in high school and a tight end as a senior according to numerous high school reports), but that’s the best I can do.
I’ll describe it this way: say we run the West Virginia Orange Bowl Clemson Killer play, the shovel sweep. Nate is in the shotgun, Donovonn Young behind him, Josh Ferguson split out to the right (with Darius Millines out wide), Evan Wilson at Tight End and Jon Davis split out as a receiver. Ferguson goes in motion and a timed snap reaches Nate just before Ferguson arrives. If it’s a shovel sweep, Nate flips the ball to a speeding Ferguson right in front of him, and Wilson and Davis are on the edge blocking for him. If it’s a fake shovel sweep, he fakes the flip and hands to the power back (Young) for a standard dive play. If he fakes both of those, he has multiple tight ends and a wide receiver to throw to.
Two positions, dozens of different looks in a spread. That’s why I feel the need to break our depth chart into things like “scat-RB” and “power-TE”.
+ Why do I always forget Brandon Denmark? Shame on me. I don’t think I even mentioned him in Part II.
This year, it’s mostly Justin Staples and Michael Buchanan getting after the quarterback. In 2013, it’s a combination of Tim Kynard, Brandon Denmark, and Darrius Caldwell. Caldwell can then begin his world domination in 2014 and 2015.
+ Player I’m the least sure what to do with, but the most sure he’ll be a major contributor down the road: Zeph Grimes. He was the Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year, and guys that win that award (like this guy named Whitney Mercilus) are usually players to watch in the future. But I’m not sure if he’ll be a star linebacker or if he’s more the inside type. I’m 63% certain I saw him playing some Will Linebacker in the spring game, but that’s not enough for me to move him to Will. So I’ll keep him a star linebacker for now.
+ I also put some incoming freshmen in this three-deep. Guys like V’Angelo Bentley and Dami Ayoola. And, of course, future superStar TaJarvis Fuller.