Our defense needs help, immediately. If we can find a solid JUCO that is without baggage and can play - get his *** in here.
Some of our young kids may be up to the task, but we simply do not know. And there most certainly will be growing pains. What's wrong with adding immediate talent/depth to the weakest part of our football team?
its about recruiting positions of weakness......
I suppose you havent been pleased with David Sims in our secondary? Its about providing depth or challenging for a starting spot....nothings given to anyone....if that was the case, Bo Williams would be the starter!!!!
Lets look at your point - who's available...
DE - Parker SR (if healthy - big if), Maggitt RSO,
DT - Alburtis SR
NT - Johnson SR, Ruempolhamer, JR
DE - Laing RSO, Neal, JR
We'll have 7 players who've seen the field - who's ready to take over....and why havent they already hit the field?
Willie Scott, Walter Woods, Aaron Moore - all redshirts.
Black, Hatfield, Hurtig, Jacobs, Mansfield, McDonough, Murray, Slifka all defensive line depth thats either not seen the field or minimal at their position. Special teams tackles dont help you understand your defensive assignments!!!!
Out of 19 DL players currently on the roster, 9 of the 19 are JR or SR - we have a good balance of classes here. But, an infusion of talent of even 1 or 2 players can help others develop.
LB - Taufoou SR, Hamlin, Kaufman
LB - Klein SO, Lattimer,
LB - Knott SO, Scott (poss move to DE), Stonerook
Hamlin, Kaufman, Scott, Stonerook with zero or minimal college snaps at their postions.
Out of our 16 linebackers, 10 of those are either jr or sr.....thats not good distribution.
You bet its about getting better right now - thats how you recruit. But, at the same time you cannot over commit to JUCOs and thus constantly having a complete turnover of JUCOs but, bringing in 5-6 is not a disaster.....its about providing talent at a position even if its short term to help overcome a lackluster recruiting class or injury or just provide depth until your underclassmen are ready to take the starting spot!!!!
I agree - what is the problem with bringing in a few JUCO's on the line? All I know is we played a team that attempted 49 passes last week and got zero sacks and very, very little pressure. Maybe our redshirts will be ready next year... but from what I've seen there isn't a whole lot after Frere even remotely ready this year so if we need to take a chance on some guys that can put pressure on a QB, by God we better make that move.
The 7 you refer to have seen playing time. Your assuming that because they are not ready this year they will not be ready next. I disagree developing dl was not the last coaches priority. WB is making that a priority.
your logic is flawed in regards to redshirts. Bringing in JUCOS means bringing in players that have not seen the field in a D1 program. Not to mention they will have to learn the system. So really a redshirt freshman may be ahead of a JUCO. So how is a JUCO going to lead a team of DL when they are learning the system themselves
I can say with certianity that Knott will not see DE. that would be the only position I could see to look for a JUCO.
Your looking for a quick fix to a program that has been decimated. Kinda like putting oil in a car once a day because there is a leak in the main seal. You can drive it maybe but you need to fix that seal.
I am not saying not to bring in a few but 6 or 7 is wasting scholys that could eventualy build a strong and lasting program.
I'm sure Coach Rhoads will bring in a few, but will also work on high school kids. That seems to be what they've done on the Offensive side of the equation.
The fact is, the weakest part of our team by a mile is the defensive front. Next year, it looks to be weaker with the experience we have leaving. I'm always a proponent that when a new staff comes in trying to set a new attitude, attrition can be one of the best ways toward growth.
However, there will be mass attrition up front and that's going to have some growing pains with it. If there are people out there that can come to this team, play right away and contribute in a positive fashion - get 'em the hell to Ames.
While the schedule gets tougher next year, the vast majority of our offense and secondary comes back. It would be completely foolish to not try to fill some holes immediately to make the weak area of our team better so we have an increased chance to compete.
If Paul is fine with idly sitting by while young guys get pounded down after down instead of mixing them in with experienced players (especially when we have some talent in all other areas but up front on D) - we've got the wrong coach.
And I'm pretty sure you think Paul Rhoads is the right coach for a reason.
My guess he'll do a little of both. Maybe 3 to 4 Jucos and a redshirt mix.