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7.16.2010

The Five I'm Watching: Part IV

Hey everyone. Let's continue.

ZAC ETHERIDGE
Safety
  • Age: 22
  • Class: Senior (one season of eligibility remaining)
  • Size: 6 feet, approximately 210 pounds pounds
  • Previous roles: Starting safety until ... injured safety
  • Theme song: ``Testify," Rage Against The Machine
  • Relevant lyric: "Who controls the past now controls the future; who controls the present now controls the past."


THE GOOD: Etheridge is a leader, a challenger, a guy who isn't afraid to speak his mind. Auburn hasn't exactly had an excess of those personalities in recent years. The 2008 season comes to mind there. On the field, Etheridge is a remarkably enthusiastic player. He suffered a serious neck injury last season because he was desperate to finish someone else's tackle. He's been fearless since the day he started as a true freshman for Will Muschamp. As for football skills, Etheridge is a little confounding. Safeties are supposed to cover ground quickly, defend mid-level and deep routes intelligently and provide some run support. Etheridge is a hitter; he's very useful against the run. His range is average. His cover skills are average. Roof feels comfortable with Etheridge at strong safety -- where the senior's cover skills are less vital -- and plans to play him extensively this fall.

THE BAD: Etheridge's neck injury wasn't fixed with gauze and some aspirin. Though he avoided surgery, Etheridge spent three months wearing an invasive head restraint every hour of every day. He told reporters earlier this year that luck played a role in his recovery; the injury easily could have been catastrophic. He'll be examined by a specialist next week. A decision will be made then about Etheridge's orthopedic fitness, if he'll play this fall. I expect him to gain clearance. The next question is: Will memories of that injury affect how Etheridge plays? Nobody can answer that question right now. From a football perspective, Etheridge is not particularly fast, quick or tall. Instincts, guts and cardiovascular fitness make him what he is.

THE REALITY: I'm so intrigued by Etheridge right now because there was a time last fall when he wasn't sure he'd walk again. Or play again. Now he's on the verge of medical clearance. His specialist won't play around with his assessment, though, because nobody wants to be the guy who cleared a kid who suffers a second episode. If Etheridge plays, my expectations won't change much from 2009. He's a solid player who provides enthusiasm and some significant administrative contributions between snaps. Auburn needs that.

What do you think? Speak your mind!

Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University

Questions? Comments? Post directly to the blog below or email me at jgtate@gannett.com.

150 Comments:

Blogger ehyou said...

Safety substance

12:09 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

as usual, I have nothing intelligent to add.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I sure hope Zac can make it back for his senior season. If not, I'm betting he will make one heck of a coach.

12:14 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Now the Rodney Scott is a little more ironic today.

Great substance JayG. Can't wait to see how things work out with Zac.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

We'll have a second round of Friday SUBSTANÇIO later.

12:18 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Need some digital camera advice. I'm considering buying the Canon SD3500 Digital Elph because I need a compact wide angle(24mm)to prepare powerpoint presentations for real estate. It has an HD camera that would be a bonus for personal use. Is this type HD camera really usable on such a small camera and will the shots have much quality quality or just be a novelty?

thanks

12:19 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Etheridge is possibly the most important cog in this defense. That isn't to say he is the best player on the defense. He is a leader and plays because he is a smart football player. We need him badly. He is the type of player I love.

12:22 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Hoopie, cnet normally offers up some quality reviews on electronics.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Lowcountry Tiger said...

Nothing substantial to add. Glad it's Friday. Love hearing the Zac is on the verge of clearance (sounds like the name of a mediocre album). Did I mention I'm glad it's Friday.

Off to my next to last meeting for the day. Vive la hotties.

12:24 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

re Vasha Hunt slide show: y'all now have me looking for the word "vic'try". Why do I have a feeling someone's going to take that and run with it, to make light of an Auburn Education?

12:24 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

I could see Zac being a big Rage fan.

12:25 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I really didn't think Etheridge would be back. I am so glad I am apparently wrong, but those type of injuries can cause you to spend the rest of your life in your underwear eating fruit loops watching Nickelodeon. It is scary stuff.

12:30 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Is the safety spot a position that would put him in fewer chances to have the violent collisions that may do bad things?

I hope if/when they decide to clear him, they've double double checked everything, and then retested and checked him out again. I can only imagine his first big hit and everyone kind of holds their breath until he gets back up for the next play.

12:38 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Etheridge was at Safety last season when he had the injury. He often gets involved in run support and how well Bates played made him even more aggressive.

12:40 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

So there's going to be a lot of breath holding.

12:41 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Strong safety is a position that requires hard hitting run stop ability. Adjusting a defense for the lack of that ability would compromise defense flexibility.

1:00 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Which in turn means they'll find out real quick if he's going to be able to handle that spot.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Ronnie Brown was a monster safety in HS. Fulmer even recruited him to be a safety at UT. I remember several times at AU and at Miami where Ronnie had to tackle someone on an interception runback. He still tackles very well and crushed 'em.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Making a tackle after an INT ended Ronnie's season with the Dolphins a few years back. I remember it well as he was my fantasy starter. Stupid fantasy football. I hope he's able to get back to form after his Lisfranc. Love it when he gets under center in the wildcat.

1:18 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

I had him that year as well Baldy. When healthy he is one of the best offensive players in the NFL.

1:25 PM  
Blogger War Eagle Girl said...

Yes, I would not want to be the doctor that released him. It will be a scary time.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Ronnie had a Lisfranc fracture?
I wouldn't rush to put him on your next fantasy football team.

1:48 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

You better listen to him folks, he's a doctor.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

I like Ball Park Franks. They plump when you cook 'em.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

whats up weirdos?

2:14 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Shut yer pie hole Harrison.



It's a little slow so maybe a fight would help.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

whatever ehyou...i would whip your arse

2:21 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Seriously? In that case I apologize.

2:24 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

nah not for real..i fight like a girl..a pretty gilr

2:26 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Can't we all just get alon....

Nevermind, I'm bored too. FIGHT!! FIGHT!!

THe first rule of fight club is...

2:27 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

Don't you dare say it baldy...

2:29 PM  
Blogger mwdeav said...

Not to detract from the wonderful story that is Zac, but has anyone seen the photos of Ladarious Phillips that are out there on the net now?

Apparently Malzahn does plan to use him at RB in short yardage.

I've never seen a guy that big move that well. He runs a 4.8 40. In case you're wondering, that's allegedly the same speed as Kodi. Did I mention he's 280 lbs?

2:30 PM  
Blogger ehyou said...

mwdeav...
Someone posted a high school highlight vid yesterday of him running the ball. I don't see how you couldn't be impressed.

2:33 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

You know that say that cat LaDarious is one bad muthah...

2:52 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Still very interested to see who's lining up in the secondary on the first defensive snap against Arkansas St.

Thorpe for sure. Past that? I guess fall camp will tell us.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

Would it be crass to say that I hope Zac has taken Advanced Geometry during his recovery in hopes that he sharpens up on his angles?

No? Yes?

2:54 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

OK ..fess up. How many Hotties only watched girl fights in HS to hopefully see clothes torn.

Jet ...Zac with advanced geometry - a good thing.

2:59 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Sitting here with my hand raised Hoopie.

3:01 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

I also have to go to the bath room.

3:02 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

or bathroom, which ever you prefer

3:03 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

ok, mytommyd, if no one else will tell you,

shutcho mouth

3:03 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I can remember any dude fights in HS, but several girl fights. They always started in the girls bathroom and spilled out into the hallway. Somehow the word always spread fast enough for us to get there before the teachers broke it up.

3:07 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

He's just talkin' 'bout LaDarious.

3:08 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Kodi runs a 4.5X forty, not 4.8, although 4.8 is great for a guy as big as Phillips.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I pick fights with girls just for that reason

3:11 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

I feel certain that Washington will be starting somewhere.

3:12 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

I don't there is any way Kodi runs a 4.5....4.8 is more like it.

3:12 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I fought in my underwear a few times back in high school.

3:12 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Harrison, I think that is called sexual harassment.

3:13 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

If every player on the team was like Ronnie Brown, we would win a lot of ball games. There isn't a position I believe he couldn't play if he wanted to. Ronnie is the man. I will take Ronnie Brown as a nose tackle or Ronnie Brown as a wide out. Ronnie knows as much as Bo.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

you're weird michael. i never wore underwear back in hs

3:13 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

At least that is what the hot receptionist at the office told me.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Harrison ...that won't work, because if a dude tears clothing it ain't cool.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

ch=b..that's not what that last judge said.

3:14 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I don't know I believe the Kodi 4.5 either. But some people can put up track numbers and still not be football-fast, and vice versa.

3:14 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

hoopie..what if he has real big muscles like I do..then is it cool?

3:14 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Harrison, my mom always told me to wear clean underwear in case I got in a car wreck. Since I rarely got into car wrecks in high school, I figured I might as well show off my clean underwear. There is no shame in wearing underwear.

3:15 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Kodi can't run a 4.5 in any direction.

3:15 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Here is Kodi's rival profile. Him and Cam are about the same speed. It just helps to carry an extra 30 or 40 pounds at the speed. When you are talking 4.8 you are talking Cox type of speed.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

not even pink underwear with little flowers and lace?

3:16 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

You don't want to get into a fight if you are going commando.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Ronnie may know more than Bo ...and he is certainly a multi-talented, multi-sport, powerful athlete, but he ain't Bo. There ain't another one like Bo.

3:17 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Kodi could be a bit slower now because he is about 15 pounds heavier now than he was in that profile.

3:18 PM  
Blogger michael said...

SteveFC, I know it is on his profile, but I also have seen him with my own eyes. He may very well run in a straight line without any bads out of a track stance that speed, but it ain't translating.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

The five-ish I'm watching, in no particular order:
1. Cam Newton
2. Gus Malzahn
3. Ted Roof/Tracy Rocker
4. Jay Boulware
5a. Wes Byrum: the Jr or the So?
5b. Anyone who signed in Feb. and an earn a lot of snaps

3:18 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

SFC, that may be what is on his profile but I don't believe it. Maybe it is because he can never get running in a straight line to show his 4.5 speed. 4.5 is pretty darn quick.

3:18 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

^can

3:19 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

H ...if you aren't wearing wearing underwear then you aren't allowed to fight cause...your clothes might get torn.

3:20 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Ronnie is fast, but not nearly as fast as Bo. Bo was a freak of nature in terms of how fast he was compared to his size. Picture a 225 pounder that runs like FAH.

3:20 PM  
Blogger michael said...

The Greeks didn't wear clothes when they wrassled. What's the big deal?

3:20 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Bo wasn't nearly that slow, SFC.

3:21 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

That's a quick way to stop a fight. Does anyone else watch Tosh.O?

3:21 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Speaking of underwear

3:21 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I once read that Bo had never really done any weight training before he came to Auburn. He was just a natural monster.

3:22 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

The Greeks were also homosexuals.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

H ....ya see ..the objective of all this fight viewing is to see the women tear clothes off each other.

If you are fighting, then you aren't watching.

Can somebody help me out with this?

3:23 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Tosh.0 is one of my favorite shows. I have Josh Moon to thank for making a reference to it and sparking my curiosity to it last year.

3:23 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

3:23 PM  
Blogger michael said...

But aren't we all in some way or another, CHB?

3:23 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Great Norm thanks for ruining it.

I love that show though. Did you see it a few weeks ago when the two Russians were fighting and one grabbed on to the others manhood?

3:24 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

MJT - not in my house we're not.

3:24 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

thanks for finishing that for me E-bro.

3:25 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I am hearing apple is offering a free attachment for the new sleek iPhone that fixes the reception problem. I can see it now, an attachment the size of a satellite dish outside and Bama fans trailer. This would be so cool.

3:25 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Anyone wanting to rassle nekkid with Michael should contact him through facebook, and please, no live video.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

CHB first, what was it I ruined so I know what I'm laughing at. Second, yes I did. I've been in a fight or two but never once have I thought of doing that. That's a soccerish move.

3:26 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

The 5 I will be watching
1. Cam Newton
2. T. Zach
3. FAH
4. A.Carter
5. Whoever the punt returner is.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Michael ...so Greek wrasslin' looked sorta like that nekkid wraslin' scene in the movie Borat?

I about threw up.

3:26 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

I heard they suggest putting duct tape on it.

3:26 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

BEASLEY!!!

3:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

what a lousy time to briefly lose internet :-(

3:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

i should have been posting from my iPhone.

3:28 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

By the way, Chris Todd runs a 4.7 and nobody referred to him as FAH for some reason.

3:28 PM  
Blogger dan dan the AU fan said...

No they didn't SFC.Most people, me included, called him SAH.

3:31 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

40 times ... one of the great lies of our time.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

My partner has an Iphone 4. Don't do it. He put duct tape around the perimeter and improved the reception, but it is still not as good as my 3GS. Bad reception, less battery and a slower OS.

The newest tech needs correcting about 75% of the time, therefore I always wait.

3:32 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

Agreed Jet..worst stat ever

3:33 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Harri - Speaking of fighting girls, who was the dude last year who said you couldn't catch a punt? That was a fun exchange.

3:34 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I think the worst stat ever is WHIP, because I had never heard of it before doing fantasy baseball.

3:35 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Shuttle time is more impressive for guys who primarily run between the hashes. 40 times are good for WRs, DBs, PRs and KRs.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Whip it baby.
Whip it right.
Whip it baby.
Whip it all night.

3:36 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

I'm thirsty and I don't have any beer here at the office. I gotta go home.

3:37 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I say 40 times in a standardized environment can be quite helpful. It turned out Peter Warrick wasn't nearly as fast as we thought, and he had a mediocre pro career. It turns out Chris Johnson was fast as balls, and he ran for a billion yards last year.

It's measurables + non-measurables. Going too much by either one will get you in trouble.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

ha! that dude just showed up for a couple of days..unless it was one of you. He didn't want none of this

3:38 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

you know who is fast.. our cat Larry, he can rruunn

3:39 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Norm ..ya might as well leave early ...we're a long ways from a flip and it sounds like you are toast for this week anyway. Whip it good ..YIKES.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Back in the 1930's, having undies was a sign of wealth. A family friend has a photo of himself when he was a youngster and one of the people in the photo was wearing his undies on the outside of his clothes. You were considered well off if you had undies, and he wanted everybody to know he had them. They didn't make fun of him for it either. Different times obviously, but he keeps it as a reminder of his humble roots.

3:42 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

i bet none of my grandparents had undies back then

3:44 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I too wear my underwear on the outside from time to time as a sign of wealth. I am not sure the message is getting through, though.

3:44 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

goats will eat undies.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Michael, perhaps you should switch to MEN'S underwear.

Oh no he di un't. (Sorry, I had to.)

3:48 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Gold undies = gold.

3:48 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

No Carolina is under investigation for sports agent violations. I'm so glad we didn't hire Butch Davis.

3:48 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Baldy, have you lost anything in that special toilet yet?

3:49 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Fast as balls.

And there you are.
Thanks for tht Michael, for some reason that has just hit me as particularly funny this afternoon.

3:49 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I watched Tosh.0 once.

Didn't get anything out of it, which is odd considering I love Chelsea Handler. It's the same basic humor genre. I dunno.

3:49 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

And thanks THT for not leavin me hangin

3:49 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Tosh is a funny dude. His stand up is even better. Maybe you should watch it again.

3:50 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Baldy - women's underwear is much more expensive, so to get across how rich I am, it would make sense to wear women's undergarments.

3:52 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

That would make sense Michael if you hadn't bought the ones with Hello Kitty on them.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

CH=B, so far we've had only limited losses with the toilet. We've found an additional use for it to threaten our kids with - I always threaten my 5 year old that I'm going to flush his toys if he acts up. "Go ahead, this thing will get rid of any toy you have. Keep testing me!" He's been on good behavior for quite a while.

3:55 PM  
Blogger michael said...

It's more expensive than the used men's whitey tighties I get from craig's list. I don't want to appear too wealthy. That'll get a guy robbed in a rough and tumble town like Huntsville.

3:55 PM  
Blogger mytommyd said...

Huntsville the Alabama version of Compton?

3:56 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

My daughter would call my bluff and then next thing I know I have a $185 plumber bill.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Wakeriderof87 said...

Steve, Cox couldn't run a 4.8 40 if he was going downhill and was being pushed by a semi. That Dude was SSLLLOOOWWW.

Maybe coming out of high school prior to his medical condition. But as a starter at Auburn. He was in the mid 5's.

I think Chris Todd at a 4.8 is seriously pushing it.

3:59 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Huntsville isn't too hard if you know Taekwondo like me.

3:59 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I believe Todd ran a 4.8. He looked semi serviceable running the ball, about what I would expect a 4.8 to look like.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Baldy said...

Good point. If you went with the silk undies, you'd just become a target.

"Gimme your wallet, and while you're at it, hand over the BVD's."

4:00 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

Roses go in the front, big guy.

4:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I think we just had Puppet Hour. Aaahhhh!

4:08 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Some of you may be confusing quickness with speed.

4:09 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Michael, don't confuse Taekwondo with Tae Bo. Actually both with get your butt handed to you.

4:10 PM  
Blogger CH=B=Nidiots said...

Very nasty storm brewing over Bham right now. I am outta here.

4:13 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Steve, you may be confusing speed with slowness.

4:15 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I bet Todd was faster before his shoulder surgery

4:17 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Yeah, that shoulder injury was unfortunate. He lost a lot of confidence as a karaoke singer after that as well.

4:19 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Rotten Scoundrels said...

That LaDarius Phillips video is simply awesome. I highly recommend watching it and pretending LP is running over and annihilating annoying and incompetent co-workers or employees. It instantly transforms the video from entertaining to highly therapeutic.

Thank you Dr. Phillips for all of your skills.

4:19 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

Todd hadn't had shoulder surgery before he came to Auburn. He had it before his senior year at Auburn. I don't think he was ever really a speed burner. A 4.7 isn't that fast for someone his size.

As for Cox, I don't think his speed was an issue. Quickness was, but even more than that was his amazing ability to hold the ball way to long without taking off running or simply throwing the ball away. He must have missed Ensminger's "Live to Punt" lecture.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Harrison said...

I kind of dinged up my knee playing pool volleyball on vacation and i am definitely slower right now

4:25 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Rotten Scoundrels said...

Todd was a generous 6.2 but 6.7 with the afro.

4:26 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

I was pretty impress with Caudle's speed on that long run he had last season. I don't recall the game, but it was about 50 yards possibly against Ball State and Caudle has had surgery on both of his knees.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Rotten Scoundrels said...

Thanks to regular trips to the gym, I read Harrison's last post in well under 4.4

4:32 PM  
Blogger SteveFC said...

You put de lime in de coconut, you drink 'em bot' togedder
Put de lime in de coconut and you'll feel better,
Put de lime in de coconut, drink 'em bot' up,
Put de lime in de coconut and call me in the morning.

4:35 PM  
Blogger Gov. Jet said...

I wonder if Ladarious' father was named F.O.?

4:37 PM  
Blogger mwdeav said...

Kodi ran a 4.8 when the new staff clocked him for the first time. Don't know what he ran in HS, but the numbers reported by sites such as rivals are often times supplied by their own HS coach, and they often never reproduce those times.

As for Bo and the weight room ... not sure about that, but I do know that Hershel Walker never lifted weights ... he just did pushups and stairs.

You have to remember that modern weight training was only developed in the early 1970s at Nebraska ... hadn't been fully implemented nationwide until the mid 1980s at the college level, so a lot of those guys never got it in high school.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Can we please skip directly to Monday?

4:43 PM  
Blogger Comm'r of Rotten Scoundrels said...

THT: sounds like you are confusing speed with time travel.

4:46 PM  
Blogger Norm said...

Jet - I don't think so.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Hoopie said...

Finally watched the LPhillips videos.


Pros: Agile, balanced and speed for his size.

Cons: No pass catching on videos, not enough speed, played against a bunch of pencil-necked 3A players.

My guess: He's a unique project. How he develops will determine how and where he gets used.

Early career:
-Special teams blocker-buster
-Short yardage-run stop MLB?
-Specialty pass rusher?
-Goal line blocker-runner from the backfield?

Later as a starter:
-Full time NT/DT or strongside DE?

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

New thread UPZ.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I don't care if there is a new thread. I'll never ever leave this one.

7:56 PM  

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WHERE EAGLES SOAR
AUFan365 was Larry Bailey, 1948-2010

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wtc
IV
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shesaid
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NOTABLE NEWCOMERS
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API
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missinit
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MLF
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Jimmy
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Secondaid
Andrew
SCoats
astatguy
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paulmain
Lowcountry Tiger
BigEZ
Will
WDCWE

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Wifey
cpf
GritzNGravy
roundtable
Josh_Moon
MrsFrontRim & FrontRim
ChuckCrim
troyznoiz

FIRST DOCUMENTED POSTER
Buck

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