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Ryan Severson - could he move to fullback?

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Oct 8, 2013.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I have not heard a word about this being a possibility, so I want to make that clear.

    I am, however, suggesting it.

    He is listed at 5'11" and 195 lbs. As an inside linebacker.

    However, he came in at RB and that's where he played all summer during 7ons and the player-run practices.

    Reports are that he's not a good fit at safety and couldn't crack the depth chart at RB. I have to question whether being an undersized ILB is a better fit than if he were an undersized FB. At least at FB his height would be an asset instead of a limitation.

    At FB, it would allow the offense some flexibility. Not only would we be able to utilize him as an extra blocker in a traditional formation, but his speed would make him someone the defense still needed to account for if we motioned a RB into the slot and shifted Severson to the single back.

    We are talking about a guy who ran a sub 11 second 100m in track & field, combine timed at a 4.46 forty and 4.27 shuttle with a SPARQ of over 100, and ran for 1951 yards (11.75 avg + 32 TDs) along with 14 receptions for 385 more yards (27.5 avg + 5 TDs) as a high school senior.

    He could be a weapon on offense who gives us another wrinkle along with more breakaway speed.

    So my vote is that he looks to put on 20 lbs of good weight this offseason and moves to FB. At 215 lbs he wouldn't be ideal size for taking on DTs, but it's more than enough to get to the edge and be able to take on an OLB, CB or Safety at the point of attack.
     
  2. Shldr2Shldr

    Shldr2Shldr Club Member Club Member

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    Him in the backfield blocking for pow pow would be nasty. Or have a 3 back set, with adkins back at HB and Christian as a second FB.
     
  3. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    why is he not a good fit for safety?
     
  4. NW Buff

    NW Buff Club Member Club Member

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    Have we effectively used a FB as a lead blocker this year? How does a FB fit into the offense that MM is trying to install? I thought the pistol was primarily a single-back offense.
     
  5. Darth Snow

    Darth Snow Hawaiian Buffalo Club Member Junta Member

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    ehhh... he just doesn't have the first quick/power step he needs in short spaces. That's why he's having trouble catching on at actual positions. Not sure his speed translates that well to FB. Maybe a year in the weight room can fix it. Dunno.
     
  6. GoonieBuff

    GoonieBuff Not really Club Member

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    I'm not sure how much height would help. Strength's the important part, and based on his speed, bulking up would probably greatly diminish his top quality - speed.
     
  7. DBT

    DBT Club Member Club Member

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    What's a "fullback?" I seem to remember it from the good old days.
     
  8. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    So why not a 225 lb linebacker?
     
  9. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    At under 6 feet tall and not all that long, his build is an advantage at FB and a drawback at LB. jmho
     
  10. goldera

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    George Frazier I think is there plan for FB. CP has been in there on some personnel groups.
     
  11. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I was curious about that. I didn't know whether it was to run scout this year while he put on the mass to play DT or if it was part of a long-term plan.
     
  12. GoBuffs08

    GoBuffs08 Well-Known Member

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    why not a slot receiver? If his times are accurate he should have the speed to get separation from a LB or nickle trying to cover him.

    I don't see CU going to any FB with the pistol.
     
  13. J.R. Ewing

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    He has speed. Not sure he has the quickness you would want out of a slot receiver.
     
  14. BlackNGold

    BlackNGold Club Member Club Member

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    Since this is not an offense that utilizes a fullback so it sounds like a good fit. You are describing a person who does not have a position. But if he is too small for linebacker why would he be big enough for FB. You really want your fullback to take on the dline and help the guards and center, go back and watch Brandon Drumm. He does NOT have break away speed.
     
  15. Idot Buff

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    Nik, I think you stole this idea (sort of) from me, in a subconscious sort of way. I was complaining about having Severson at kick returner because he looks like a fullback to me....way too slow for an effective, game-changing returner. I say, let's try him at fullback!
     
  16. Medford M.

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    This kid looks thick at 195. Does not have the frame to carry much more weight very well.
     
  17. Medford M.

    Medford M. Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, Quadtrine Hill was the fullback at The U during their most recent glory years, and he went 6'2" 210.
     
  18. schubeal

    schubeal Club Member Club Member

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    Severson would be better off dieting down to 185 and focusing on regaining his 10.9 speed. He looks thick and slow out there and getting thicker and slower won't help anyone.
     
  19. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

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    If he adds the 20 lbs he would probably be more usefull as a situational LB than being a FB in an offense that rarely uses one. The issue that hurts him at almost any position is the first step speed but if he lacks it for safety or LB he also lacks it for FB where a quick first step is critical in getting to the right gap for pass protection.

    If he can't overcome this he may end up being a special teams specialist making his mark on coverage teams and return teams, eventually as the up back in front of a more explosive returner.
     
  20. BuffUp

    BuffUp W.T.T.F. Club Member

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    I think he should be a Jeremy Bloom type guy. Punt / KO returns and the occasional fly or post route to keep defense honest.
     
  21. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    I have heard height is not important for LBs.
     
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  22. lawdogg

    lawdogg Club Member Club Member

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    Are you kidding??? It's the only important measurement.
     
  23. zbuff

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    Maybe this is why he couldn't break the KO to the left side against Oregon, he sure looked slow to get around that corner, and didn't make it? Or are they just that fast top to bottom, even on special teams? Or maybe he doesn't have speed in pads.
     
  24. krom

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    Why not Powell at FB instead?
     

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