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This appears to be one of UKs most experienced positions with Srs Rumph and Cobble and Jrs Coleman and Johnson.. We're looking very good at adding JUCOs Lauren Jackson, Ben Bradley and Toby Johnson and HS prospect Lavell Peterson, as well as already adding Jacob Hyde..
What's the possibility that we have completely new starters on the DL this year or are Rumph and Cobble still going to be the starters, regardless? I guess my real question is, are these 3 JUCOs and the 2 High schoolers good enough to beat out our 2 experienced srs?
I dont think we get Toby and im not sure we are the leader for Bradley but yes any one of these three would push for major snaps
I think Lauren Jackson, Jacob Hyde, Lovell Peterson, and mabye a Maurice Swain would help bolster Uk's DT depth a ton. I think, being seniors with pretty good skill, both Rumph and Cobble should not be undervalued. Cobble demands 2 blockers..Rumph is athletic and explosive at 6'3 320. These two will help pass rushers like Za'Darius Smith, Farrenton huguenin, Antione Miles, Alvonte Bell..Graffree and Newton..get thier names called a bunch.
Cobble and Rumph will be the starters..but some talented kids like Jackson, Chapman, Coleman..could get plenty of action as you ideally want to be 3 deep at all DL spots.
Good post bluecatntn..what part of tn?I have family in Sparta, Crossville, Knoxville. I really want Matt Elam in 2014..if you guys have not watched his highlights..its taken from a 4 game clip..and its still one of the most impressive DT films I have ever watched. 6'6 345 explosive. When he gets into the proper stance..he dominates 2 and 3 blockers..gets penetration and instant disruption in the backfield. The first parts he was standing in a stance that was too high and off balance...relying on his upper body strength. Someone obviously coached him up and in some of the latter plays Elam gets into a low cog stance, and he explodes off the snap like a 345lb missle. Drives through 2 and 3 blockers and gets sacks, pass deflections , and tfls.
Every player will be given a chance to be a starter this coming year but don't throw Cobble and Rumph under the bus yet, because you will see a big difference with these two being in a 4-3 instead of that 3-4 that Minter ran.
Our DL was terrible last year. We need some new talent and better coaching. Turner was a big disappointment as DL coach, recruiter, and associate HC. He was in Joker's first wave of bad decisions.
I figure if we get Maurice Swain, they'll play him on the offensive side of the ball.. He has a very similar frame as Larry Warford and his film looks better on that side of the ball, imo.. I think Peterson will end up on offense, as well.. He;s got good quickness for his size, but, as a DL, his technique isn't great.. Stays a little too upright, but, on offense, he could probably play early..
I live in Jackson, Tn, about 1/2 way between memphis and Nashville, but, was born and raised in Western Ky..
Is Elam the kid from E'town? Has he shown any interest in UK?
Note: Johnson will be a senior this fall, not a junior.
Isn't Swain about 3 inches taller than Warford and about 50 lbs lighter? How do they have a similar frame?
Rumph and Cobble got absolutely dominated at the point of attack in virutally every SEC game last year. Yeah, we have experience at that spot. But it's not productive experience. UK needs BIG TIME help all along the DL.
If we get Bradley he starts from game 1.
Frankly it's hard to know what have. You can take a perfect filet mignon, put it next to some really crappy mashed potatoes and burn the steak while cooking it and you'll have a horrible meal.
We had poor line coaching, poor LB play, poor defensive coordinating, poor depth, all while playing youth. Who knows what kind of talent we have and what can done with the new staff.
That actually isn't true at all. Our d-ends/hybrid are who we're abused. Teams ran off tackle, away from cobble and rumph most of the time and got their yards off tackle.
Wyndham and ukwu along with Simpson are who were destroyed by other teams and they played in the edge. We were fine up the middle.
Rumph had a very good year if we can get some help off the edge we could have a formidable line next year.
hop, does minter, the poster, know anything about football? I mean if he is really minter, I would understand his posts more, I think. lol
I'm not going to attack him personally. His message is bizarre.
Always negative about uk and about 90% of the time he works something positive about uofl into the post. I was surprised he didn't this time. First time in a while.
But again, i am not going to attack him personally.
In terms if his message in this thread, he is completely wrong.
Rumph and Cobble seemed to be less than "fit" this season. I'm not sure whether they need to shed pounds or upgrade their cardio by running more (or BOTH). But neither seemed to get penetration and Stoops is partial to smaller, quicker, "technique" guys with big "motors" that can get into the backfield, so we may be surprised at who plays. His philosophy is more like Cal's...talent is BETTER than experience so seniors are not guaranteed to start.
Good point re; their "fitness'. I have a feeling the nutrition specialist they have hired and the new s&c coach will help solve this.
in terms of "penetration". That was Minter's scheme. his 3 man front concept was about reading and reacting by the d-linemen as opposed to gettint up field.
I played and coached both systems. The "read and react" concept does not allow for the d-linemen to get up field. They "mirror" the o-lineman's first step. The idea is to keep the o-linemen off the linebackers.
Cobble and rumph will do well in the 4-3 if they get in shape. I have a feeling they won't have a choice.
hoptown you are 100% correct about that. Its been this way for the past 2 seasons. People get us on the edges but we are stout up the middle. A big problem of why this is is because of Rick Minter's defense. Anytime you take a safety and make him a OLB and play him close to the LOS on the strong side its not sound and you are beggin for offenses to attack in that area and teams did it and did it often. And the way Minter's defense was it had no answer to it. The defensive alignment itself wasn't sound.
I get your point, but I would still enjoy the fillet!
I will agree, if Cobble and Rumph don't look better, or if we don't see the DE's getting to the QBs more, it will mean that they are not doing their jobs. They will not have to be in the backfield all of the time, but they do need to get the double teams from the Olinemen because they are a hand full. I still think the 3-4 was a terrible scheme for our players.
We weren't running the 3-4. We were running a silly scheme minter dreamed up one might when he passed out drunk..
I have to give you a plus one on that
I don't always post but when I do, I try to make things interesting
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