Monday, November 21, 2011
How many TBs do we need in this class?
Time permitting, I'm hoping to put together a more comprehensive review of what we've got, and what we've got left to add, to the 2012 signing class. But for now, we'll have the open question of just how many TBs do we need to sign this spring.
Richard Samuel came on strong enough against Florida, but he's not exactly proven reliable in the past, and 1 game gives hope, but little confidence he can be the workhorse #1 this offense clearly needs. Or Aaron Murray clearly needs, as we saw again yesterday just how shaky he is without a running game to give him 3rd and short and reduce the pressure to carry the load, as well as open things down field when he pulls his Sexy Rexy impression, ignores the wide open man on the crossing route or dump off to say F*** it, I'm going deep.
Ken Malcolme has already proven unreliable, and with Crowell's constant injury issues, andCarlton Thomas' 3rd suspension on the year, you can't really count on them either, as we'd almost guarantee one of the 3 won't be back next year, if not 2, and the other is going to be undersized or severely injury prone.
That leaves diminutive walk-on Brandon Harton, and yeah, we'd like a little bit more when we're gonna have an SEC Champion caliber defense. So Keith Marshall becomes hugely important, just from a talent perspective. But he's undersized and as Crowell is showing, you probably don't want to rely on a freshman to immediately become a 20+ carry per game back against the physical SEC Ds we face week in and week out. Derrick Henry has the size you'd like, but we have to wait one more year for him. So we gotta add a couple extra. Todd Gurley lacks bulk similar to Marshall. Do we turn to an RJ Robinson, a bigger back from our JUCO friends at GMC? Aside from them, the pickings are getting kind of slim, and we're left with trying to turn an already committed player, like say Matt Jones, Justin Taylor, Kenno Loyal, or Imani Cross. Suffice it to say, Bryan McClendon has some work to do securing his position's depth chart.