Can we discuss the depth chart, next years sick defense? (add or correct below)


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    • #53858
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      Hammer
      Ute Fan
      @hammer

      Free Safety – Ballard, Afia, Blackmon (word on the street, he projects as safety in the NFL)
      Strong Safety – Marquise Blair, Afia, Blackmon
      Corner – Jaylen Johnson, Vonte Davis
      Corner – Blackman, Tyrone Smith
      Nickel – Guidry
      LB – Hansen (per K-Whit interview with Bill Riley), Barton
      LB – Thompson, ?
      DE / LB Hybrid – Bryant Pirtle (so nice to have a Pirtle back at the U)
      DT – Leki Fotu
      DT – Penesini
      DE – Bradley Anae

    • #53859

      rbmw263
      Ute Fan
      @rbmw263

      it’s blackmon btw

    • #53861
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      rbmw263
      Ute Fan
      @rbmw263

      I’m so mad we were robbed of about 7 games worth of marquise Blair.

       

      I want to see growth from afia as well. that makes the Hansen move to LB all cream and no downside 

      • #53863
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        Hammer
        Ute Fan
        @hammer

        He put a nasty hit on the North Dakota right guard in the first game and the hits kept coming.

    • #53864
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      Tony
      Admin/Founder
      @admin

      Is Chase durable enough for LB? I wonder about that.

      • #53865
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        Hammer
        Ute Fan
        @hammer

        Not if DT’s from his own team roll up on his ankle 20 yards downfield…other than that…hamstring issue?

        • #53869
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          Ute Bc
          Ute Fan
          @utebc

          Didn’t he have neck injuries this season? (Chase)

          • #53871
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            KiYi-Ute
            Ute Fan
            @kiyi-ute

            Yup. He tweaked it in the USC game during a hard tackle. Was never quite right since then. I think it was similar to Kam Chancellor’s injury, but less severe. 

    • #53866
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      Utah
      Ute Fan
      @utah

      Tafua will be a monster at DE. So will Tupai. 

      • #53867
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        Hammer
        Ute Fan
        @hammer

        Everyone says that about Tupai, they been saying it since before his senior year. I’ll wait and see.

        • #53873
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          Utah
          Ute Fan
          @utah

          I’ve said it before, but Whitt is an open book. And Whitt said the light went on for Tupai at the end of last year. 

          Physically, Tuapi may be the most gifted end we have ever had (scratch that, he has Fitts potential. Fitts is unreal). But, he seems like a kid that wants to make sure he will succeed before putting himself out there. 

          If the light has gone on for him and Tuapi feels he mentally knows what’s up…woohooo. 

          • #53888
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            BD
            Ute Fan
            @flyfisherman

            But, he seems like a kid that wants to make sure he will succeed before putting himself out there. “

             

            This seems true about Tupai. Remember he committed about a month late after February just to make sure his decision was right, IIRC. Also,  I think he requested to redshirt his freshman year. It seems he takes his choices seriously. 

    • #53875
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      crazyute
      Ute Fan
      @crazyute

      DE- Anae, Repp, Hart
      DT- Fotu, Tonga
      DT- Penesini, Pututau
      DE- Tafua, Tupai, Jordan

      LB- Thompson, Barton, Sione Lund?
      LB- Hansen, Pirtle, Lloyd

      CB- Blackmon, Smith
      CB- Johnson, Trae Strong, Davis
      NB- Guidrey, Burgess
      SS- Blair, Afia
      FS- Ballard, Nurse, Nigel King

      • #53877
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        Utah
        Ute Fan
        @utah

        I think this is the winner. Spot on. Look at that defense. 

        • #53880

          FtheY
          Ute Fan
          @fthey

          What about Heninger? I thought he was serviceable this year all things considered – do we think the other guys at DE are just better (Tafua) or will outpace him in development by fall (Tupai, Repp)?Just wanted to be sure he wasn’t forgotten. Idk the # of downs played, but it seemed like he got more time than Repp and already has the weight. 

          • #53881

            Utah
            Ute Fan
            @utah

            I like Heninger a lot. BUT, he’s a walkon for a reason. I’d love for him to win playing time. 

            I guess what I’m saying is that I’d expect the bigger, faster, stronger guys to play more. 

            That being said, he played a lot last year for a freshman, which is amazing. Also, if Repp doesn’t put on weight I could see him falling on the depth chart fast. 

            • #53891
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              FtheY
              Ute Fan
              @fthey

              Utah – makes sense to me. I’m curious to see how he develops. He definitely has more game time experience than some of the others. 

        • #53892

          noneyadb
          Ute Fan
          @noneyadb

          DT is going to be a big issue next year.

          • #53896

            crazyute
            Ute Fan
            @crazyute

            We have a couple chiming off missions who will be around for spring. One is a Pututau kid

          • #53973

            Hammer
            Ute Fan
            @hammer

            Nope.

      • #53878
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        BattleGroundUte
        Ute Fan
        @battlegroundute

        This is the defense that will win the South. 

    • #53876
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      noneyadb
      Ute Fan
      @noneyadb

      Guidry at Corner. Likely Lewis and Nurse there as well. Highly doubt Davis breaks threw the 2 deep rotation his first year. If Hughes transfered because he wanted more playing time, something good is brewing. 

    • #53879
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      IglooDweller
      Ute Fan
      @igloodweller

      Everyone keeps forgetting about Javelin Guidry.  To my mind he is the most exciting player in the DB. 

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