Friday, August 14, 2009
With scores of 72 and 73, JJ is currently sitting tied for 37th at +1. The projected cut is +2, but with conditions getting tougher this afternoon it is projected to go as high +4, which means he will make it to his first weekend in a major this year (he did not make the cut at the US Open, the only other major he played in).
Junior Tejay Johnson, who started 12 games last year at weak safety, will slide over to quarterback the defense at free safety this year. Johnson was second on the team in passes broken up and sixth in tackles last year. He’s not afraid to lay the wood, either, as evidenced by his jarring stop of Harvey Unga on a 4th and inches play against BYU last year. In my opinion, he may have been the most underrated player on the defense. Behind him at FS will be his former high school teammate at
Heading into spring, strong safety was already a concern because really, who is going to replace the man/beast that is Stephen Hodge? The situation became a little more worrying when Sir Demarco Bledsoe left/was kicked off the team this summer. That left junior Colin Jones as the de-facto starter at SS. Jones is a great athlete who played in all 13 games last year and blocked a punt as a freshman in ’07, but he has already been hampered during fall practice with a recurring hamstring problem.
In the unfortunate event that Jones’ injury lingers, you may see either
Cornerback is a little more settled. Seniors Nick Sanders and Rafael Priest return, both having started the last 39 games for the Frogs. While neither is a Deion-type interception machine, they both possess unteachable coverage ability and have played a major role in the defense only giving up 188 passing yards per game over the course of their three years as starters. Both should get a look from the NFL after this year. Backing them up will be sophomore Greg McCoy and junior Jason Teague. McCoy, who is consistently referred to as the fastest player on the team, played in 12 games as a redshirt freshman last year, and had an interception against
The Frogs have two cornerbacks committed to play for them next year- Kevin White of Round Rock Stony Point and San Antonio John Jay’s Travaras Battle-Smith, who will graduate early and participate in spring drills next year. Because the situation at Katy Morton Ranch makes incoming freshman Michael Venson look more and more like he might not end up on campus this year, don’t be surprised to see the Frogs take a 3rd corner in this class…possibly a JUCO transfer. With no current commits and the premature departures of both Bledsoe and Chez Thomas, safety is one of the biggest areas of need for the coming recruiting class. Look for at least 2-3 of them to sign up to be Frogs.
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