The Evolution of Ohio State’s Defense

Written August 10th, 2010 by Jim

Ohio State’s defense has consistently been one of the best in the country during Tressel’s tenure as head coach. And thank goodness for that.  Field position, solid special teams play, and a suffocating D have crushed opponents and earned Ohio State the W time after time. Even in years when the offensive fire power is… lacking, Ohio State’s defense has led the team to some very successful seasons.

What is the secret to Ohio State’s defensive success? Versatility.

In this post I look at some of Ohio State’s innovations on defense, the players that make those innovations possible, and what the added versatility allows Ohio State to do defensively. Read More

Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #20 Bobby Carpenter

Written June 14th, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday through May and June, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Starting in July, we will be announcing new additions on Monday and Thursday.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  For a look at the rest of the Top 25, click here.

Bobby Carpenter (2004-2005)

Quite the dynamic duo.

Bobby Carpenter was a two year starter at strong side linebacker for the Silver Bullets. Along with A.J. Hawk and Anthony Schlegel, he was a part of one of the best linebacking corps in the country in his two years as a starter.

Although Carpenter was overshadowed when it came to national recognition and awards by Hawk, Carpenter’s contributions should not be overlooked. Most importantly, Carpenter revolutionized the LEO position on defense.

Prior to Carpenter, Ohio State had dropped a defensive end into coverage on occasion (most notably with Will Smith), but when Carpenter put his hand in the dirt as a pass rusher in 2005, the way Ohio State utilized its rush ends would never be the same.

You can see Carpenter’s influence in guys like Thaddeus Gibson and Nathan Williams. Both were primarily linebackers in high school and transformed into rush ends/ linebackers at Ohio State. The LEO position at Ohio State is Carpenter’s legacy and that is something to take note of.

A Buckeye through and through, and a great linebacker to boot.

Another thing that I remember about Carpenter was The Game in Ann Arbor in 2005. Carpenter was a senior and was clearly looking forward to one last thrashing of arch rival Michigan. Sadly, he broke his leg on the first play of the game. Unable to play, Carpenter was clearly upset, however, he stayed on the sidelines and cheered his team on for the remainder of the game, highly emotional and highly involved the entire time. That act showed what type of person, teammate, and Buckeye Bobby Carpenter is and I will always remember him for that.

The silver lining of Carpenter’s injury was that it allowed a young freshman by the name of James Laurinaitis to see his first significant playing time in a game, and as we all know, good things happened from there.

Carpenter was drafted in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2006 NFL draft. His time in Dallas was somewhat disappointing, but this off season he was traded to the St. Louis Rams, where he will be joining none other than James Laurinaitis. Small world.

Hopefully this fresh start will allow Carpenter to break out of mediocrity in the NFL, but no matter what happens, Carpenter’s legacy at Ohio State is secure, and for that he is #20 on our countdown.

Thaddeus Gibson is gone, but not forgotten

Written June 4th, 2010 by Jim

We will all miss Thad and the misery he brought to our opponents.

Unfortunately for Ohio State fans, Thaddeus chose to take his freakish athleticism to the NFL with a year left of eligibility. That doesn’t mean we can’t look back fondly on his time as a Buckeye.

I personally remember Thad from the Illinois game, where he  stopped an Illinois drive (around the 2:00 mark in the video) almost by himself.

Thad  had many great moments at Ohio State, but we leave you with the BBC’s very own tribute video to Tate Five-cier, after all, Thad is 2/5ths responsible for the nickname.

You will be missed, but not forgotten Thad.

Silver lining, only 90 days left until it is Nathan Williams’ time to shine.

Where Things Stand: D-Line Going Bowling

Written December 1st, 2009 by Jim

I haven’t been able to do a position update in a few weeks due to various school obligations, but fall quarter at OSU wraps up shortly and before too long I will have plenty of free time to contemplate all things scarlet and gray heading into the new year.

It seems that some Ohio State fans are leaning on the pessimistic side this holiday season no matter who Ohio State ends up playing in the Rose Bowl. This is a slightly understandable feeling considering Ohio State’s bowl disappointments the past three years. Well I am here to spread some holiday cheer and share my eternal Buckeye optimism.

Spread the optimism.

Spread the optimism.

Buckeye Nation will have to wait until Thursday night to find out who their opponent will be, but there are a few things that I am confident about against Beavers or Ducks.

The saying goes that games are won in the trenches, and Tresselball magnifies the importance of winning the trenches tenfold.

Luckily for the Buckeyes, the d-line has kicked some serious ass all year, and 251, 229, 228, 310, and 270 yards rushing the past five games indicates to me that the offensive line is starting to kick some ass as well.

So, if the Buckeyes can smash the opponent in the trenches (like they have been) everything else will follow, including a victory. Who will be doing said smashing? well, that’s what I’m here to tell you.

Edit: I was going to do the offensive and defensive lines in this update, but our d line is so ridiculously deep that I will save the offense for another post.

Defensive Line

Going into the year, I (along with many others) expected the defensive line to be the strength of the team. Well, we were right.

I didn’t write any updates for the d-line throughout the year because I felt that it was pretty obvious that they were kicking ass every week and I didn’t really need to go over that.

Well, now that I am trying to ramp up the confidence levels for the bowl game, it is time to talk about the embarrassment of riches that is the Ohio State defensive line.

#97 Cameron Heyward [Jr]

Heyward in his usual positon (moving through blockers).

Heyward in his usual positon (moving through blockers).

Games Played: 12, 42 tackles,

9 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks

Heyward has been a force this year. He has spent time on the inside and the edge and has excelled at both. When he gets rolling he can take over a game (see: Penn State game, first drive of The Game).

Heyward says he is planning on coming back next year for his senior season, but Buckeye fans should enjoy watching him in the Rose Bowl, because it may be his last time donning the scarlet and gray.

#90 Thaddeus Gibson [RS Jr]

Games Played: 12, 41 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles

Gibson has also been a force this season, although he has been a little less consistent than Heyward. When Gibson is on though, he can shut down an apposing offense almost by himself (see the Illinois game).

Like Heyward, Gibson is a first round talent and may opt for an early entry into the NFL, so Buckeye fans should enjoy watching him in the Rose Bowl while they can.

#72 Dexter Larimore [RS Jr]

Games Played: 8, 18 tackles

Larimore began the season as a starter at tackle, and it looked like he was in for a helluva year before injuries cut his season short. He has returned from his injury and has been coming off the bench in the last few games of the season, however, he has not returned to the starting lineup. It looks like Larimore may have been hampered by injury clear through the season despite getting limited amounts of playing time at the end.

While he may not start in the Rose Bowl, one has to think that he will be 100% healthy by game time and hopefully he will be able to return to his beginning of the year form. If he is healthy, Larimore is a key component of the interior line rotation.

#84 Doug Worthington [RS Sr]

I was trying to think of a cool caption and couldn't, but what the hell, this is just a cool picture.

I was trying to think of a witty caption and couldn't, but what the hell, this is just a cool picture.

Games Played: 12, 40 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

Worthington has been the epitome of consistency this year. He hasn’t stood out like Heyward or Gibson, but he also hasn’t done anything glaringly bad and has quietly put together a solid senior campaign.

While I don’t expect Worthington to dominate at any point, the leadership (he was voted a team captain after all) and experience that he brings to the table is a valuable part of the rotation.

Worthington has had a relatively rocky career, with position changes and sub par play along the line, but he stuck with it and has proven himself to be a true Buckeye. A win in the Rose Bowl would be a pretty sweet way to end his career.

#92 Todd Denlinger [RS Sr]

Games Played: 12, 14 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception

Denlinger has been the man filling in for Larimore as the starter at tackle. I thought that Denlinger could end up being the best tackle on the team this year, and while I would hesitate to say that is how it turned, he has been plenty disruptive and another key component of the interior line rotation.

#43 Nathan Williams [So]

Edge rusher extraordinaire.

Edge rusher extraordinaire.

Games Played: 12, 25 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Williams has been overshadowed a bit this year by the outstanding play of Gibson and Heyward, but when Williams is in the game (which is a lot) he is constantly in the opposing backfield getting pressure on the quarterback and is always around the ball.

The fact that Williams is only a true sophomore is quite impressive and his future is bright to say the least.

#87 Lawrence Wilson [RS Sr]

Games Played: 12, 21 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception

Wilson is coming off of back to back season ending injuries, and it seems pretty clear that he has lost a step or two from what looked like a promising young career. Still, Wilson has played in every game this year and provides plenty of leadership and experience. He is still a pretty damn good player despite the fact that he hasn’t returned to the starting lineup.

#54 John Simon [Fr]

Games Played: 12, 15 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Simon has definitely been the surprise player of the year along the defensive line. Everyone knew that he was a beast in the weight room coming out of high school, but most people expected that it would take a little bit for him to become acclimated to the college game.

Well, he got acclimated pretty quickly and he has been absolutely dominating on the inside in the last few games. Seriously, go back and watch the highlights from The Game and it seems like Simon is in on almost every tackle [that he is in the game of course].

Like Williams, I am going to go ahead and say that Simon’s future is pretty bright.

#9 Rob Rose [Sr]

Games Played: 11, 10 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 2 sacks

Rose got himself in some hot water at the beginning of the year which has limited the playing time that he received. He has still logged minutes in 11 games this season, and while he hasn’t quite lived up to expectations coming out of high school, he would probably be a starter at most other programs (assuming he stayed out of trouble), which is a testament to the talent and depth at Ohio State.

#53 Garrett Goebel [Fr]

Games Played: 12, 2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss

Goebel hasn’t done much statistically speaking this year, but he has played in every game thus far and will be a major part of the line rotation next year, so he is worth keeping an eye on.

#98 Solomon Thomas [RS So]

Games Played: 8, 6 tackles

Thomas is another player that hasn’t really stood out this year statistically and probably won’t get much playing time in the bowl game, but I included him because he has logged minutes in 8 games this season, which has to count for something.

Also, if Heyward and Gibson both decide to go pro, Thomas will be one of the guys looking to fill their spots next year, so he is worth keeping an eye on.

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So that about does it.

Yeah, the line is pretty ridiculous. I don’t really know what more to say about them. Throw in the fact that they all should be 100% healthy and it is hard not to get pretty excited about what they will be able to do in the bowl game.

One thing I will say, the line will lose a lot of seniors heading into next year, and if Gibson and Heyward go pro there will be even more holes to fill.

With young guys like Williams and Simon, the line will still be in pretty good shape, but I would enjoy the Ohio State defensive line that will be playing in the Rose Bowl, because it might be the best group of players that we will see in quite some time.

What Do You Want To See On Saturday? – USC edition

Written September 10th, 2009 by Jeff

Eric

Keep passing to the TE’s and RB’s -  We had great success in the passing game last week by going to the TE’s and RB’s – in fact the top two receivers were at TE/RB.  USC will be a lot better in pass defense than Navy was, and we will need to spread it around in order to be able to move the ball at all against them.

Better blocking from the RB’s -  Apparently, given what’s been said among the Buckeye blogosphere the last few days, I was too harsh on the offensive line and not nearly hard enough on the running backs.  The RB’s need to learn to pick up the blitzes better in pass blocking or LiC is going to be on his back every single day.

The Defensive Line must slow – if not stop – the runBarkley is going to be a fantastic quarterback for USC for the next several years.  Fortunately for us, he’s still a freshman and prone to mistakes if he’s forced to make them.  USC cannot be allowed to run the football and must be forced to have Barkley win the game with his arm.  If the DL succeeds in making USC one-dimensional, USC should be a lot easier to control.

The secondary has to grow up and make plays - Kurt Coleman did a wonderful job against Navy.  Anderson Russell…well…not so much.  The corners weren’t tested much, unfortunately.  If we’re going to force USC to beat us through the air, we need to be able to take advantage of it.  Mistakes in the pass defense game will kill us as easily this year as last.

Jim

We must make some big plays early – The crowd is going to be fired up for this game without a doubt.  Throw in an early sack from Thaddeus on third down or a 40 yard scramble from Pryor and the stadium will be shaking. Energy from the crowd is going to play a major role in this game, and nothing will bring that energy to a fever pitch like a few big time plays early in the game.

We must break Matt Barkley - I want ears ringing before kickoff. I want his ass on the ground every time he drops back. I want him crying for mommy at halftime. I want him curled up in the fetal position when the game is over. Barkley is a cocky little snot, we must shatter his confidence early, we must hit him constantly, we must break him.

Pryor must roll out of the pocket – Pryor came to Ohio State to become a passing quarterback. He can do that later. I want Pryor rolling out of the pocket early and often and I want him taking off the moment he sees some open field. Pryor outside of the tackles is the most dangerous weapon that we have on offense.  Take advantage of it.

We must stop pulling guards on short yardage plays – Pulling a guard clogs the hole with a slow lineman, it forces the running back to slow down and adjust when he needs to be hitting the hole full speed, it allows weak-side penetration which usually runs into the running back who is waiting on the guard to get out of the way, it only works about half the time at best and we need to STOP DOING IT.

Jeff

A freshman quarterback on his back A LOT – If you’re going to rattle Barkley into turnovers (and he CAN be forced into a bad night, he hasn’t had many good days in practice so far), you’ve got to make him wonder where the hits are coming from next.  Two sacks in the first two drives will do that.  Be all up in his jersey and he will throw three interceptions by game’s end.

No mental mistakes – That means EVERYBODY.  No unnecessary penalties.  Don’t blow the coverage.  Kick the FG on 4th-and-2.  Heads in the game…you’re at HOME.  The pressure is on THEM.  Let them know it.

Terrelle Pryor – leave the pocket – Not that he spends a lot of time there anyway, but the best way to knock USC off is to make Pryor as mobile as possible.  USC has never handled mobile QBs very well and they tend to surrender a lot of points when they face one.  With this young defense, it could get lead to a lot of yardage, but only if we force them to chase LiC.

Make Joe McKnight have more than half of USC’s total offense – McKnight is going to get 130 yards rushing and a few receiving yards.  The rest of USC combined needs to be held to less than that.  McKnight alone cannot beat us….so stop the rest of the Trojans and you get the W.

NOISE NOISE NOISE* – There’s 105,000 of you in that stadium, and I can’t be one of them.  If you have tickets and you’re as quiet as you were last week, I’m personally going to beat the shit out of you Sunday morning.  This is the biggest game in the Shoe since Michigan 2006.  Act like it!

MaliBuckeye

Barkley flustered – Look, champ- this isn’t your seventh grade all-stars game. It’s THE Horseshoe, the BDBITL, and 105,000+ screaming fans. Plus, eleven warriors who’ve been waiting all summer to make your acquaintance, and who couldn’t play like their hair was on fire last week because of the “read and react” option offense. I want him to have a Colt McCoy type night, circa 2006.

No false starts or stupid offensive line penalties – I’m going to keep asking for it until it happens.

U$C’s defense out of position – Open the playbook, make them guess where you’re going next. LiC, work your magic.

Mark May with his foot in his mouth – Dig your way out of the hole when the Bucks win, you hack.

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* – “15 bucks, little man.  Put that shit in my hand”

Diaries From The Trenches: Defensive End

Written August 26th, 2009 by Jim

Out of all of the positions that I have previewed so far, defensive end is definitely the one that I am most excited about. Ohio State is talented, experienced, and unbelievably deep at defensive end this year. This should be the major strength of the defense (and possibly the entire team), and anything less than unrelenting waves of chaos into apposing backfields will be a disappointment to me. Have I made it clear that I expect big things from the defensive ends this year?

So let’s jump right in. Leading the charge off the edge is Thaddeous Gibson (#90).

Gibson is carrying on the DE tradition started by Vernon Gholston; being the most intimidating player on the team.

Gibson is carrying on the DE tradition started by Vernon Gholston; being the most intimidating player on the team.

Gibson led the team in sacks last year with five and he came on strong at the end of the season, recording two tackles for loss and an 11 yard sack in the Fiesta Bowl against Texas. After finishing so strongly last year, to say that I am expecting big things from Gibson this year would be an understatement. He has the ability to be a game changer and I expect him to terrorize apposing QBs the entire season.

Gibson came to Ohio State in 2006 as a linebacker. After taking a redshirt year, Gibson played mostly on special teams in 2007 before converting to DE and replacing #6 overall draft pick Vernon Gholston as the starter in 2008. While Gibson failed to match Gholston’s numbers last year as a first year starter, he did show flashes of greatness and as I mentioned earlier, he finished the year performing at a very high level.

Gibson was in McCoys face all night.

Gibson says hello to Colt McCoy.

Now, as a redshirt junior, Gibson looks to be a true force on the edge. At 6’2″ and around 240 lbs. (which I think are both outdated numbers) he has the speed and quickness (former linebacker in high school remember) to be a pure speed rusher but he also has the strength to utilize power moves as well. This combination of speed and power should be enjoyable for Buckeye fans and very unpleasant for offensive tackles and quarterbacks.

If there is a knock on Gibson, it is that he doesn’t play the run very well and was more of a pass rushing specialist last year. Gibson has been working all off season on becoming a more rounded player and there is no reason to expect that he won’t be improved in all phases of the game come September.

In case you didn’t follow the link above regarding Gibson’s offseason, his plans for the year are to “destroy everything moving.” I, for one, will be watching with glee as Thaddeus attempts to fulfill his plans.

Gibson is obviously the headliner of the DEs, but across the line from Gibson is Cameron Heyward (#97), who has the ability to be a force as well.

Heyward has missed practice time with an injury, but he should be back in plenty of time for September 5th.

Heyward has missed practice time with an injury, but he should be back in plenty of time for September 5th.

Heyward broke onto the scene two years ago when he played his way into the starting lineup as a true freshman in 2007, earning freshman All-American and freshman all-Big Ten honors along the way.

Check out the video below to see Heyward as a true freshman (!) putting senior consensus All-American and future #1 overall draft pick Jake Long on his ass multiple times (2:28, 4:23). Not bad for a true freshman.

Let’s just take a moment to enjoy the video…… okay, back to the rundown.

Based on his performance as a true freshman, I expected Heyward to make quite a lot of noise as a sophomore last year, which turned out to not be the case. I partially blame Heyward’s lack of production on the fact that he spent time at both tackle and end last year. While his media guide bio says that he is equally comfortable at tackle and end, it is my opinion that Heyward spent most of the year in 2008 becoming accustomed to playing DT and lost some production because of the adjustment period he went through.

Having said that, Heyward led all defensive lineman in tackles last year with 36, which was the 7th highest total on the team. Heyward also had 4.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks on the year. So even though I considered last year somewhat of a disappointment for Heyward, it’s not like he had a bad season, I was just expecting a few more sacks and tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Now Heyward enters his junior year, and once again my expectations are very high for him. While Gibson is a speed guy with surprising power (probably not so surprising if you have seen a picture of him), Heyward is a power guy (see the video above) with surprising quickness. Over the offseason Heyward has apparently slimmed down some as well, which should give him a little extra quickness off the ball.

As I mentioned earlier, Heyward spent some time last year at defensive tackle, and while Heyward is unquestionably the starter opposite Gibson at end, in passing situations you can look for Heyward to slide down to tackle and make room for true sophomore Nathan Williams (#43) at end.

Nathan Williams is good at making quarterbacks sad.

Nathan Williams is good at making quarterbacks sad.

Nathan Williams broke onto the DE scene last year as a true freshman and was perhaps the surprise player of the year. In only 9 games of action Williams racked up 18 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks.

At 6’3″ and around 245 pounds, Williams is a pass rushing specialist who I predict will see the field mostly on passing downs when Heyward slides down to tackle. However, with the experience that Williams gained last year and an offseason of work, I expect him to improve his play against the run as well, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Williams as a regular part of the DE rotation no matter what the situation.

To get a little sidetracked here, Ohio State basically has two types of DEs, smaller (relatively speaking) quick guys like Thaddeus Gibson and Nathan Williams who play standing up like linebackers sometimes and drop back into coverage from time to time (players like Will Smith and Bobby Carpenter played this position, which I have heard referred to as the LEO position). And the other type of DE are bigger stronger guys like Cameron Heyward and Rob Rose. I just wanted to point that out because I will probably mention it as I talk about the rest of the players. But anyways…

This group sounds pretty good so far, right? Well, sit back and relex, because this show is just getting started. Next up is fifth year senior Lawrence Wilson (#87).

Lawrence Wilson is not amused.

Lawrence Wilson is not amused.

Wilson initially committed to Notre Dame way back in 2005, but after a coaching change in South Bend (maybe you heard about it, I think it received some media coverage) Wilson switched his pledge to the Buckeyes.

Wilson played in all but one game as a freshman in 2005, capping off the year by playing 17 minutes in the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame after Bobby Carpenter was injured against tsun. As a sophomore Wilson played in 12 games and collected a modest 17 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and three sacks.

Going into his junior year, big things were expected out of Wilson with most predicting that he would be the best DE on the team (fate and Vernon Gholston had other ideas). Unfortunately for Wilson, he broke his right leg in the season opener (and possibly in the opening series? it was about as early in the season as possible) and took a redshirt year.

In 2008, Wilson was once again a projected starter at DE. This time around he made it through seven games before an ACL tear against Purdue ended his season yet again. In 7 games, Wilson managed to make 18 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack and an interception.

After season ending injuries in back to back years, Wilson enters 2009 as the forgotten man at DE, but when healthy he clearly has the ability to be a starter and will almost certainly get plenty of playing time. At this point, I am really just hoping that he is able to stay healthy for the entire year, but I would accept a super productive show-me-the-money senior year as well, which is a very real possibility. Here’s hoping that Wilson makes us all remember why many thought he was the best DE on the team just a few years ago.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot (I did say I was going to mention this after all), while Wilson started out his career as a LEO type DE, this year he is listed as the backup to Heyward opposite the LEO. For a brief overview, that gives you Gibson (6’2″ 240) and Williams (6’3″ 245) at LEO with Heyward (6’6″ 287) and Wilson (6’4″ 274) on the other side. See what I mean about the small and quick versus big and powerful thing?

So that bring us to the end of the two deep, which, if you haven’t noticed, is awesome. Unfortunately for my social life, I actually still have a ways to go in this article if I want to do a good job covering the position. While I know that you refuse to be shortchanged by me just going over the two deep, I also know that you have very important things to do and I would hate to take you away from your work for the rest of the day, so I am about to kick this thing into condensed mode (yes, it is because I want you to get back to work that I am going into condensed mode, it has nothing to do with me being lazy).

Rob Rose (#9). 6’5″ 280 pound senior.

Colt McCoy made friends with a lot of our DEs last year, here he says hi to Rose and Williams.

Colt McCoy made friends with a lot of our DEs, here he says hi to Rose and Williams.

Rose had huge potential out of high school (5 star). Injury plagued career so far but he does have lots of experience. Off season trouble has him in the dog house to start 2009. Hopefully he pulls everything together for his senior year. Listed behind Heyward and Wilson on the (because I don’t know the actual name) big DE side. Like Heyward, Rose might be a candidate to slide down to DT during passing situations. It is a testament to the amazing depth at OSU that a guy like Rose is 3rd on the depth chart. He should see plenty of playing time if he finds his way out of the dog house.

(I notice that condensed mode basically consists of me dropping transitions between sentences, coming up with good transitions that don’t repeat is one of the harder things to do, anyways…).

The next two players are both listed on the LEO side at this point, but they may grow into the big side later.

First is Solomon Thomas (#98).

Thomas is happy that I am taking the time to mention him in this article.

Thomas is happy that I am taking the time to mention him in this article.

Listed at 6’5″ and 240 pounds (so that makes him a LEO like I said). He redshirted as a freshman in 2007 and played sparingly in 2008. Had a ridiculous number of sacks (7 or something) in a scrimmage this offseason. Definitely a guy to keep an eye on going into the future, but he probably won’t get much playing time this year (re-read this article if you are wondering why).

Keith Wells (#94)

Wells is also happy that I am talking about him.

Wells is also happy that I am talking about him.

Wells saw limited action last year as a true freshman due to injury, but it was enough action to eliminate the possibility of a redshirt year. He is listed at 6’5″ 210 pounds but those numbers are outdated (at least the weight is). He is from Georgia (make your own joke about the SEC and speed). His bio says that he needs to improve his consistency and focus, he is young so no worries. Very talented and another one to keep an eye on.

I am going to go out on a limb here and predict that between the two of them, Solomon Thomas and Keith Wells will record at least one sack against New Mexico State.

Melvin Fellows (#91)

Fellows is mad because I spent the least amount of time talking about him.

Fellows is mad because I spent the least amount of time talking about him.

Fellows projects as a “big” end. He is going to be really good, but probably not this year due to the depth chart (once again, see above). If he does play this year it means he is going to be really really good (come back later for a scientific breakdown of the difference between really good and really really good). You can read more about him here.

Our defensive ends are going to be awesome.

DONE! now get back to work.