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south alabama depth chart

26 August 2019 - 10:44 AM



I'm sure there will be an official pdf or something by the end of the day


anyway, not a lot of surprises on there, but as always for the first game it's interesting.  


my takeaways:


JD, Noa/M Williams and WanDale Robinson appear to be your starting WRs.  


Interesting that Kade Warner is listed as co-#2 with Miles Jones behind Wandale, as with both wandale and jones there, it would appear to be the Husk-R position.  


Benhart listed as the backup at RT, and considering the injury to Gaylord, I'm guessing that means that he'll be playing in every game this season to get him ready if Farniok or Jaimes go down for any length of time.  


Stoll and Allen are co-starters at TE.  that's a good sign for Allen's progress.  


McQuitty as the co-backup to JD is interesting as well.  I had written him off, hopefully he puts together a good season.  


Darien Chase is the only frosh besides WanDale to make the three deep.  considering the depth at WR I'd guess they're all going to redshirt unless there's a rash of injuries.


odd that there's no Andre Hunt, I thought he was in line for at least a backup spot after the spring, but there's barely been mention of him in fall camp, let's hope that's because the other WRs like Woodyard and Williams and McQuitty really stepped it up this summer and in fall camp.  


not surprised that Mo Washington and Mills are co-starters.  Mazour and Rahmir johnson as co-backups isnt that big of a suprise, either, and pretty much confirms what we all suspected and that frosh johnson will be skipping his redshirt.  



on defense there's not a lot of surprise on the line, although I'm mildly surprised that Stille isnt a starter.  No Green listed on the DL, either, so it will be interesting to see if he plays at all in the opener or not.  I still think Green is going to play in every game this season and push to be a starter by the end of the year if not sooner


I wasnt surprised that Alex Davis was a starter at OLB, but I am surprised that Ferguson and frosh Nelson are co-#2 behind him.  I thought we'd see Ferg on one side and Davis on the other... 


the other OLB spot shows co-starters with Domann and Tannor.  I hope that's great news regarding the gains and growth those two have made and how they've performed in fall camp.  


it looks like OLB may be shaping up into more of a strong/weak or base/weak or whatever setup, where it looks as if bigger guys will be the OLB on one side primarily for run support, setting the edge, while the other OLB spot is more of a playmaking spot ala what they had at UCF, a guy who can rush the passer but also be the cover guy in space.  it will be interesting to see if they go with Davis/Ferg against power teams like Wisky and Iowa, and if they have both Domann and Tannor on the field in sure passing situations...


Cam Taylor is listed as the co-starter with Lamar Jackson, that probably has more to do with how often and how many positions Taylor will be playing this year, as he's likely the starting nickel and I still expect him to be the first one off the bench at any of the secondary positions.  


frosh Newsome is co-#2 with braxton clark at CB.  I think we'll see him burn his redshirt and play quite a bit this year, primarily on special teams like we saw from Taylor last season.  


starters at safety are not a surprise, but I am surprised by the lack of scholarship names behind them.  I'm also surprised that none of the other 3 incoming frosh made the 3 deep at safety.  Lee is there as a veteran backup, though.  I still think we'd see Cam Taylor become a starter at S if either Dismuke or Williams went down.  


ILB is pretty much as expected with the top three of Barry/Miller/Honas.  Barry will probably hardly ever come off the field so we'll probably see Honas and Miller rotating with only a sprinkling of Jo Johnson during the season.



in exciting news for husker fans who live across the border, Armstrong appears to have won the punting job


nice lineup of kick returners in Mo Washington, WanDale Robinson, Rahmir Johnson, Miles Jones


interesting lineup at PR, JD is still at the top but Cam Taylor backs him up and WanDale/Noa are listed co-#3.  I think we might see Taylor return quite a few punts this year to keep JD's workload manageable.  



overall, the starting lineup looks solid, and there appears to be decent depth at positions like DL, WR, TE, but I'm concerned if any of our starting OL goes down because none of the backups have experience (Bondo, Raridon, Farniok, Sichterman, Benhart) but they at least appear to be more talented than what we've had in the recent past.  ILB depth is a concern, obviously.  production at OLB will be interesting.  the secondary actually seems ok because of guys like Taylor, Lee, Clark, Newsome in the mix as backups while the starters I think are very solid.  


random fall camp musings

19 August 2019 - 08:42 AM

well, we've had a variety of reports out of fall camp, and it sounds like the depth chart is sort of starting to round out, although I think we'll see several position battles wage on into the season, especially as newcomers get more acclimated.  I also think we'll see personnel groupings based on matchups on both sides of the ball, so more than 11 on each side will be considered starters based on that (i.e. nickel, dime defense, 4 WR sets vs 2TE sets)


anyway, on to some depth chart discussion:



QB - Martinez, Vedral, McCaffrey, Bunch


This is pretty much as expected, although it sounds like McCaffrey has learned the playbook more than expected and could probably push for the backup job by the end of the season if given the opportunity, but at this point I'm guessing the staff is going to try to get him game reps in 4 games and preserve his redshirt.  Vedral can be serviceable if AM is out for a few snaps, but obviously the team and the season will be different if AM suffers any significant injury (knock on wood).


RB - Mills/Washington, Johnson, Mazour


This is also pretty much as expected, although the ongoing legal saga with MW will not play out well in the media.  Mills sounds like a beast, and it sounds like MW is better than last year.  Depth after them scares me, but I think we'll see the true frosh Johnson become the third RB off the bench, skipping his redshirt.  Kid is small, but apparantly has speed to burn.  


WR - Spielman, Hunt/Williams/Woodyard/Warner/Robsinson/Noa, McQuitty/Jones/frosh


This is one of the positions where I'm not worried, but I'm curious to see how the WR corps looks over the course of the season.  The only true "known" at this point is Spielman, so I list him by himself, but after him, it sounds like a few guys have been fairly consistent, and that would be transfer Noa, but also true frosh Robinson, so that's who I expect to see on the field most often in 3 WR groups (with MW at RB and JD and Wandale on the field at the same time, that's 3 different players who can all line up either at WR or RB on any play and play either effectively.  that could be exciting).  After those 3, I think it's really still wide open, although you never know how much is coachspeak and how much is trying to motivate players or whatnot.  Anyway, Hunt had a good spring, but I havent heard him mentioned much this fall.  I think he's in the mix with Woodyard and Williams and Warner for those backup reps, and I wouldnt be surprised to see the coaches ride the hot hand in games.  I also think that formations may impact this as well, because if the staff finds success having a personnel grouping with 2 TEs such as Stoll and Allen on the field, we might see less WRs, obviously.  Anyway, I think we'll see very solid production out of the entire WR corps, but I think we'll see the touches and yards spread around quite a bit more, including the TEs.  


TE - Stoll, Allen, Rafdal, LeGrone, Hickman (Vokalek)


Vokalek will be sitting a year because of his transfer.  If not, reports are that he would probably be in the mix for a top 3 spot on the depth chart right now.  Anyway, Stoll is rocking the mullet and better this season, I think we'll see him on the field a lot, and I think he'll get more receptions this year.  All reports about Allen have been positive this spring and fall, so I think we'll see him on the field as the second TE.  It sounds like Rafdal and Allen have both improved and gotten bigger/stronger.  LeGrone I think still has a ton of potential but with those guys in front of him I dont expect him to see a lot of snaps.  








Well, I think the top 5 are set, and that's partially by default as Jurgens isnt healthy enough to make a run at the starting OC job.  It will be interesting, and by interesting I mean potentially terrifying, to see how the OC position shapes up as the season progresses.  What I'm most encouraged about regarding OC in fall camp, though, is that they moved Ethan Piper from DL to OC, and it sounds like he has a ton of potential there.  (if that works out, it would be nice to have a young core of interior OL that can all play OC if needed in Farniok/Miller/Forbes/Jurgens/Piper, whoever doesnt start at OC can maybe push for time at OG).  After the starting 5, I think we might see a bit of line shuffle going on, especially regarding the OT position.  With Gaylord down now, I think that pretty much guarantees Benhart is burning his redshirt this season.  He was already running with two's and likely to play more than 4 games anyway already, but now with the top LT backup out, we might see Farniok shift to LT if Jaimes goes out, and Benhart stepping up at RT.  for the interior, OC is a bit of a cluster but it sounds like Farniok worked hard in the offseason and might be a pleasant surprise at OC.  and who's the first OG off the bench?  Raridon?  Bando?  Sichterman?  If Hixon went down, would they move Wilson to LG, move Farniok in to RG and start Benhart at RT?  It seems like the talent is there, just not the depth and experience.  It's much better than last season, though.  









Defensive line is probably the deepest position on the team, which is a shocking turnaround compared to last season when NU was playing DEs at NT.  Grad transfer and older brother Daniels appears to be in line to be the starting NT, which gives his little brother another year to get physically ready to play more game snaps.  I expect the younger Daniels to be the backup NT, but I think we'll quickly see Green work his way into the rotation, possibly even starting at any of the DL positions.  I think we'll see Stille and K Davis as your starting DEs, but I think we'll see heavy rotation across the entire line, with C Davis, and D Thomas seeing a lot of snaps as well.  Then you have another group of young players in Rogers, Wildeman, Walker, and true frosh Robinson who all appear to have the size to hold their own at this level now.  Anyway, I think we'll see those top 7 DL used fairly interchangeably during the season (Daniels/Daniels/Green on the goalline?  third down pass rushing NT, etc).  Hopefully this will translate to a better defense across the board, and make the other levels of the defense look that much better (or maybe not as shitty)










Let's hope none of our LBs get hurt, either inside or out, either inside or out.  It sounds like Alex Davis has finally learned to play football.  Many Husker fans are in wait and see mode.  I can see the possibility there, considering I think he only played a couple of years of high school football or something like that.  Anyway, he's a likely starter, and I think we'll see him quite a bit vs run heavy teams.  Ferguson, if he can stay healthy, has the potential for a hell of a year.  I thought he was better than Gifford last year when healthy, the problem was that wasnt very often.  Domann made plays, plain and simple, last year.  Tannor has tried to put on some weight and is hopefully a bit bigger/stronger.  I think we'll see Davis/Ferg vs traditional/pro offenses and we'll see Domann/Tannor vs spread teams.  Nelson will probably work his way into the mix as well, although I'm guessing the staff would like to redshirt him instead.  It probably wont be an option this year, and I could see Nelson being valuable on special teams as well.  








I'm not sure who will be starting next to Barry, but I expect we'll see both Miller and Honas on the field a lot.  The fourth LB is a questionmark at this point.  walkon frosh Reimer impressed in the scrimmage.  I'm not sure what the staff will do here.  







Cam Taylor




It sounds like the secondary has some swagger this fall camp.  Hopefully they back it up by playing better than they did last season.  Gone are three senior safeties and replacing them are much faster, more athletic, more playmaking replacements who also dont know the defense as well as their predecessors.  Williams was actually the highest graded safety by some metric somewhere last year.  Jackson and Bootle return after a year of starting experience.  Cam Taylor is the first DB off the bench most likely, and can play CB, S, nickel, dime, OLB apparantly now, and also might be seen returning a punt or two this year.  After those top 5, I think we'll see true frosh Newsome emerge as the other backup CB after Taylor, but I think we'll see the senior and former CB Lee be the first guy after Taylor to play at S, mostly because of his knowledge of the defense (hopefully).  If not, I think we'll see an influx of youngsters.  It sounds like all of the 4 frosh DBs who arrived came in ready to work and in shape to contribute already.  I think we'll see two of them skip a redshirt, Newsome and probably Pola-Gates but maybe Wright or Farmer.  Anyway, I like the depth and the talent here, if they've been coached up in the offseason, you probably would have to give Fisher the staff coach of the year award.  


special teams.


apparantly there's a punter battle.  who knew?  anyway I still think the leftfooted Armstrong wins out, because he's left footed.  but maybe that transfer from MSU is in the mix?  I think he was the MSU starting P last season?  Pickering is our kicker for another 3 years.  Not sure who is the long snapper this season.  


I will be interested to see who returns punts and kicks this season, though.  I expect the staff is going to try to limit the workload of JD and MW.  I'm guessing the fans would like to see true frosh Robinson at PR.  I'd like to see what Cam Taylor can do there as well.  As for KR, I'm guessing we'll see guys like Miles Jones, Woodyard back there, Rhamir Johnson, etc.  



That's it.  Exciting fall camp thus far and the koolaid is flowing massively.  






10 July 2019 - 07:52 AM

that's what they should rename the DUCK-R position


you heard it hear first.  or maybe not.  not sure.  


Huskers headed to Okie St regional

28 May 2019 - 03:40 PM

after falling just short of the big ten conference tourney title, the Husker baseball team will be heading to OK for their regional as a 3 seed.  


on paper this doesnt seem like a horrible draw.  they're in with the national 9 seed in Ok St along with UConn and Harvard.  


NU will open with UConn


if NU plays like they did in the B1G tourney, they've got a shot in this regional.  


the pitching has been great lately, and the bats have woken up for the most part late in the season.  


let's see if they can keep it going.



Coop - have you caught any Husker baseball games this season?  


Nebrasketball roster

03 May 2019 - 09:17 AM

Hoiberg ain't messing around.  


I dont know shit about basketball, but things appear to definitely be on the upswing.  


rumors are that basically nobody else is returning to the team other than those that have already been announced.  Heiman announced his intent to transfer yesterday, and I expect Thorir and Amir Harris to announce any day as well.  


also everyone should fully expect Roby to not return.  someone will draft him.  


but I'd argue that the players Hoiberg and staff have already brought in are better than any team that the previous coaching staff put out on the floor.  at least talent-wise.  of course they've never played together, never played for Hoiberg, etc.  


but, Hoiberg has this summer where they travel and play in europe to see what's he's got on the court, or at least what he can make of it.  


what he has to do now, though, is almost sign an entire roster's worth of players in just a few months.  


and he's off to a great start.  


he reaffirmed commitments from local product Arop who plays F, and JUCO transfer Green who's a SG


he lost on prep PG commit, but pulled in the best JUCO PG in Mack


he's added Sr grad transfers in guards Cheatham and Kavas (Kavas I think can also play the 3 and maybe stretch 4)


he's gotten guards Burke and Karrington to stay (I think)


he's also added transfer Banton, a guard, who has to sit a year


sense a trend here?  lots of guards.  and not the kind that pull for the football team.  


now that Heiman has announced his transfer, and I fully expect Roby to stay in the draft, that leaves only true frosh Arop as a true F or C on the roster.  and he's smaller than half of our guards.  not really, but close.  the good news is that's because Hoiberg is recruiting 6-6 and 6-8 guards (Cheatham, Kavas, Banton)


so, if Roby leaves early, and Harris and Thor announce their departures, that leaves Hoiberg with 5 more schollies to work with.  


there are some bigtime big men in the transfer portal right now, from what I've heard, if Hoiberg and staff can land one of those talented big men to combine with this pile of guards, they can do some damage next year.  you'd like to see them add some depth, though, at the F and C positions.  


I think Hoiberg has already put together a group of guards who can run the floor, space the floor, and shoot, plus drive the lane, etc, but he needs some big bodies to play defense in the B1G


it will be interesting to see how he finishes out these remaining scholarships.