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Impact of Rippy for the defense

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  1. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    Gillam and Rippy makes a pretty decent LB duo. Both sophomores, too.

    Does Rippy's presence on the defense correlate to a noticable improvement on defense? On paper, he's a stud, but he's never played a down of college football.
     
  2. Dorn09

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    Hope he is in the 220 lb range. Sounds like he has a hard time putting on weight.
     
  3. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Rippy has to beat out Olugbude first. Either way, we should be faster at LB than we have been in a long time.

    The defensive success next season is predicated on two things:

    1. A pass rusher stepping up (very skeptical here)
    2. An experienced secondary being in position to force more turnovers and actually making those plays.
     
  4. BuffHerd

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    He was just under 200lb in H.S., listed at 200 at Pitt. He was listed as 210lb. on our roster last year. I would anticipate that he would be at least in that 215, maybe 220 by now. Anyone know where he is now.

    I am excited to see him on the field. Hope he finds himself a home in PAC12 backfields
     
  5. tante

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    According to my math he is up to 275 pounds and runs a 4.1 40
     
  6. buffaholic

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    He was higher rated than others such as Olugbode, but given our past, that means nothing. He is fast. Yet to know if he can play football, within the system that we will run. We will see.
     
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    Limiting your sample size to one is not good. Have 4*'s failed recently? Yes, but I'm going to go with that being a coaching failure. Being a 4* recruit does increase your chances of being successful at the college level.


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  9. MtnBuff

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    Just the idea of having some competition for a postion that involves athletes good enough to contribute at this level is a step forward from where we have been. I hope that Rippy can add a level of athleticism to the LB corps. Seeing guys like Webb out there who were in the right position but didn't have the quickness to make the play was frustrating.

    If Rippy and Olugbude have a quality competition for playing time the winner is the defense.
     
  10. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    It's too early to know what impact Rippy will have. None of us have seen him play in a Buff uniform.

    He's certainly an upgrade to the speed and athleticism of the LB corp. Rippy looks to have the ability to play in space, which is vital when defending Pac-12 offenses. I'm eager to see how he performs.
     
  11. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    He is a wildcard for sure. I think Greer, Gillam, and Olugbode will be our starting 3 (mostly playing Greer and Gillam)
     
  12. HUFset

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    At times, the size either.

    The potential is there. If Rippy is bigger & faster, competition brews with Olugbode and we get Greer back healthy the LB position could improve and be a positive for the defense.
     
  13. sliderNcider

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    Graduating Webb was a good thing for the defense
     
  14. Buffnik

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    I think fans were too hard on Webb.
     
  15. MtnBuff

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    I loved Webb's effort and leadership but his talent was not PAC12 level. He wasn't alone in this in recent years. Jon Major coming out of HS was a high quality athlete but had he gone to some of the other schools that offered him he would have been medically retired after his knee injuries.

    We saw the same thing last year when Daigh was in for Gillam at times. He had the advantage of experience but you could see him make the right read and still not get there to make the play.

    Webb at times was a good player for us, unfortunately Webb was also a guy who was a symbol of our shortcomings as well.
     
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    My calculator is broken but that sounds about right
     
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    Speed kills in today's college football. Rippy has that based off of high school film. We don't know what that impact will be until spring or probably the fall. Between Gilliam, Rippy, Olugbode, Greer, we will have speed in the LB's that we haven't had in a long time. Not sure if they are all players, though, except for Gilliam. We shall see
     
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    I was a big fan of Webb, he was a good leader for the defense. I think the thing is he was often in the right spot but would sometimes either get run over or run around. That's something that is very visible to fans, we watch the ball and see the guy miss a tackle, rather than watching the field and see a guy make a bad read.
     
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    Rippy practiced last year right? Any reports from the coaches on that?
     
  20. MtnBuff

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    This is true. Also when you get a guy who hustles a lot he sometimes looks bad when he tries to come into a play that someone else has missed. This is the case often where people blame the safety who is chasing the WR into the endzone when it was the CB who blew the coverage and is completely out of the picture. It's less obvious but I could see this happening with Webb sometimes as well.
     
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    3. A defensive scheme to defense the zone read.

    I thought Baer got a real pass on last year on this issue. CU got torched constant by teams that ran the Zone Read. Oregon, UCLA, Washington, and Arizona all averaged over 7 yards per play against our defense. And would of been worse if that hadn't pulled their starters early.

    Linebackers will only be effective if we utilize them better.
     
  22. Duff Man

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    Fair point, BnG.
     
  23. Quattro

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    Last I heard they were really excited about Rippy based on how he looked

    Hopefully adding Rippy and Olugbode to the LB core will help with that because yeah, that was a big issue.
     
  24. Buffnik

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    I think the main problem on the zone read was our DEs. Maybe that's an assignment/ scheme thing. Maybe it was a talent thing. Regardless, one thing that did seem improved is that the defense forced those types of offenses to work for first downs and "matriculate the ball down the field". CU seemed to reduce the number of big plays. Not enough stops or negative plays by any stretch, but it did seem better.
     
  25. Duff Man

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    Our DEs need to be taller.
     
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    Our DEs were not consistently staying home on the QB on read option plays, which is why QBs would be untouched getting to the edge. That is correctable (we had better hope). Also, UCLA and Arizona were not pulling starters against us, we were "in" those games.
     
  27. buffaholic

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    And faster and stouter. Our play vs the zone read was everything to do with talent at DE.
     
  28. buffaholic

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    Anyone who wants to see how to stop the zone read need watch the last two Stanford vs Oregon games. The zone read leaves one DE unblocked for the QB to "read". The Stanford DE's were so athletic and assignment sound it was amazing.

    That is now the Bible on how to defend the zone read. That DE better be 6'5", agile, athletic, and tough. CU has had a choice to go big or go fast, but you have to have both to play it straight up.
     
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    Break on the ball, Crawley!
     
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