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Linebackers in 08????

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by DarkBoulder, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. DarkBoulder

    DarkBoulder Member

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    Who will start at our linebacker spots. Will Jeff Smart return to the starting lineup?? Where will Sipili play?? Will the new freshmen play right away??
     
  2. canbuff

    canbuff New Member

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    I figure Jones, Sipili and Katoa...with a smattering of Smart, Burton and Mohler.
     
  3. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    Replace Smart with John Major and replace "smattering" with "a healthy dose of" and I think you're pretty close.

    I think Smart played great last year, and as a fellow Panther I was glad to see it. I don't think he'll be on the field much next year except on special teams.
     
  4. jjbuffs13

    jjbuffs13 Well-Known Member

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    I have a feeling that Brad Jones will be used mostly as another pash rusher, he isnt the greatest coverage guy but he did a great job coming up the middle putting presure on the QB
     
  5. buffsyko

    buffsyko Club Member Club Member

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    Depends on what they do with jones but as of right now no mention of him moving to DE.

    LB-KATOA- MOHLER/SMART
    LB-SIPILI-BURTON
    LB-JONES- MAJOR
     
  6. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    LB - Burton, Jones, Hartigan, Stengel
    MLB - Sipili, Major*, Smart, Ahles
    LB - Mohler, Katoa, Beatty, Duren, Rippy*

    * - I think these 2 will redshirt; depends on how they do this summer.
     
  7. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    Which one is the JuCo? Mohler?
     
  8. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    One of the areas that we should see the benefits of newfound depth at LB is special teams.

    I expect Mohler to come in and compete for a starting job.
     
  9. 2HellNback

    2HellNback Well-Known Member

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    I think Smart's playing time may be limited... He will have to step up and compete for the spot just like every other LB will with all this competition. It can only make each player better. Depth does that because it pushes players to work their @$$es off!
     
  10. SuperiorBuff

    SuperiorBuff Well-Known Member

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    Smart impressed the **** out of me. I know he isn't nearly as tallented as the others but he was the most heady player on the field most of the time last year. I expect to see a lot of him, expecially if he spends significant time in the weightroom this off season.
     
  11. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    That be correct.
     
  12. RalphieMalph

    RalphieMalph Well-Known Member

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    I'd be willing to bet that Major ends up with significant playing time. He eats other athletes for a living, it is his chosen business. Business is good.
     
  13. Cornh8er

    Cornh8er Well-Known Member

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    Brad Jones=Rush End
     
  14. canbuff

    canbuff New Member

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    I think Major will be a rush end...I expect him to either redshirt or be moved to the DE position.
     
  15. sackman

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    With the depth we have at linebacker, I really don't expect any of the new guys to redshirt. We're right at where we want to be, depth wise, after a miserable year last year.
     
  16. canbuff

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    I think they might start the year hoping to redshirt a fw of them...Rippy and maybe Major and then burn their redshirt if the injury bug hits.
     
  17. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    Yep. I think we can afford to redshirt two of the four guys in this class. We need to space some guys out here.

    If you play Mohler and Kotoa this year while redshirting Rippy and Major, we still go 5 or 6 deep at LB, depending on what the coaches do with Jones.
     

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