90i #34: Jake Feldmeyer July 29, 2013
What I Know About Him:
You never really realize how many players we have from one area until you go through an exercise like this, detailing 90 players in 90 days. We have a lot of players from Ohio. A lot. And they’re kind of grouped together. There’s the Cleveland corner of the state, with Justin Hardee, V’Angelo Bentley, Simon Cvijanovic, LaKeith Walls, Jeremey Whitlow, and, stretching further out, Mason Monheim, Mike Svetina, and Christian DiLauro. And then there’s the Cincinnati/Dayton corner of the state, with Jarrod Clements, STEVEHULL, Brad Janitz, Joe Spencer, and Jake Feldmeyer. And then there’s several Columbus area guys in this new class, like Caleb Day and Dawaune Smoot and Austin Schmidt. Is that it? No, Tim Kynard and Chris Boles are from Toledo. And I’m sure I’m missing a few.
Jake Feldmeyer is that Cincy/Dayton corner – Centerville is just south of Dayton, somewhat near Springboro, which is where basketball freshman Maverick Morgan is from. Aren’t you enjoying this geography lesson? YOUR University of Illinois Fighting Ohioans.
I met Feldmeyer’s parents at the 2010 Rantoul High School scrimmage. Fun story they told me: it’s easy to find Illini gear with their son’s number. He wears 67, and there’s lots of Illini gear in the stores with a ’67 on there (for 1867, of course). Note to future Illini offensive linemen: pick #67 and then see your number all over campus.
What I Expect From Him:
Feldmeyer will most likely be the 6th man this year. The starting five is probably set, and Feldmeyer is maybe the odd man out there, but I still think he sees lots of time backing up the guard positions and Alex Hill at center. We’ve had a lot of productive “6th men” over the years, some on their way to a starting spot, some just being that versatile sub that we need. Eric Block, Randall Hunt, Jack Cornell, etc. Jack Cornell is probably the best example here. Cornell wasn’t a starter in 2010, but he played so much that he might as well have been.
That’s the kind of 6th man I’m talking about when discussing Feldmeyer. Something like a scenario where Alex Hill plays 70% of the snaps at center, Teddy Karras plays 70% of the snaps at right guard, and Jake Feldmeyer plays 60% of the snaps because he fills in for both. I think redshirt freshman Joe Spencer will push him for minutes (and I think Spencer might get all of the backup minutes at left guard), but that’s a good problem to have. Tim Beckman wants a deeper team this year, with backups he can lean on to rest the starters, and Feldmeyer provides that.