Could an ‘18 Preferred Walk-On be a Difference Maker?

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  1. themistocles

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    That was nice, turning a horrifyingly broken play into a long TD, but I don't think that was the best running he showed in the full set of clips, largely because he wasn't very smooth with 2 of the cuts he made in that 0:52 play, and if he had been playing against real talent (e.g. Any SEC Defense), he would very likely have been tackled 2 or perhaps 3 times during that play.

    Still, nice play.
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    What mark displays SEC talent iyho?
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    Yeah and within 3-4 months he was playing basketball on outdoor asphalt courts. Soon to go on to be consensus first team all America in 1997 and a high second round draft pick

    and he was an option QB in high school
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    It's not moves because you can't know the competition, it isn't breaking tackles, it isn't crushing an opponent to the ground, because you don't know who the opponent is. It's a general feel one gets when one sees someone who has the ability. Like when I first saw Charlie Ward's, or Malik Davis's or Kadarius Toney's tape. something just jumps off the screen at you for really special players.

    Competent players look different, and those of minimal talent different yet. It's difficult to use words because it's like a perception regarding just how special or not special a given player is when you look at a series of many plays.

    One clue that works pretty well for most kids is just how long their highlights film is. If it's 8 minutes of many, many short clips, that's a good sign. If it's only 1 minute or so, that's not a good sign.
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    Please Coach just get the ball to players in space. I think Nuss thought space meant third down run to the short side of the field.
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    Mullen is all about Special Teams - This will be nice to see - AGAIN
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    After watching his HUDL highlights, punt returns came to mind. He has really good vision and a God given ability to make people miss. If he looked half as good at the next level, he might mean an offensive starter wouldn't be risking injury as a returner.
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    An excellent point Cooper, of course, right now, there are several young and dangerous types of possible KR guys on the team who aren't likely to be starters, like Lemons, Copeland and Watkins to name a few.
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    One of the two (maybe three) best I've ever seen. 1971 Nebraska and 2004 USC would round out the Top 3.
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    Yes, fan828, I was going to post this, but saw you had already done it. Urban Meyer (maybe Mullen's influence) was about the only Power 5 coach who offered him, yet he became the best ever Gator return man.
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    The fact that that Gator team was incredibly thin defensively and that due to injuries they only had 1 DE who could play at the SEC level meant that Tommy Frazier ran wild (almost always at the left DE, where the Gators were horribly weak), and Nebraska had a really strong option offense that year, plus a stout defense, meaning that Danny Wuefferel and the Gator's also thin OLine didn't get on the field often enough to offset Nebraska's offense.

    This was almost infinitely far from the most Horrifying Defeat which was when Shane Mathews was recovering from a late season injury, meaning that when he wasn't at all sharp, and Spurrier's typically thin defense lost 2 starting LBs by the end of the season, and when Carleton Miles went down in the 2nd Qtr, a completely unready Frosh was the only replacement, meaning that NDs Jerome Bettis simply destroyed the Gators defense almost single handedly in the 2nd half. The Dline was so worn down by the mid 3rd Qtr you could immediately see it would be a Long and Horrifying night, but in this game the Gators were favored by more than 7, if I recall correctly, due to having a good defense (thin though), unlike against Nebraska, where the Huskers were favored by, I think, about 7.
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    Our team set itself up for failure by being disappointed to play ND, who was ranked a good 10 places below us. Disrespect a Lou Holts coached team? Good luck with that. We got chomped
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    No disrespect to Holtz, but SOS was notorious for not liking to recruit and particularly defensive kids. His teams were frequently thin on defense, and that year, there were 3 key injuries at the LB spots. When Carleton Miles went down in the first half, it left the Gator Front 7 a man short (same thing happened against Nebraska), thus respectively Bettis and Frazier utterly destroyed the defenses and completely wore them out very quickly.
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    A disagree on this statement???? All of it is 100% factual, non-debatable truth
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    Yes Mad, it's just lazy. The disagree button should only be available after quoting someone which would mean you likely offered an opinion.
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    really doesn't make sense considering who it is - sometimes I accidentally hit the red X with my fat fingers when I'm going for the green check - maybe that's it
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    Great clip. He gets the second level quickly. Always makes the first guy miss, great skill for a slot receiver. Slips tackles like he's coated in KY. Questionable top end speed which would be an issue on kick returns. Almost gets caught from behind a few times. Wish there were more balls to go around. Massey, Toney, Copeland, Clement, Henderson on punt and/or kick returns. I'm glad he wanted to be a Gator. He could have been a good D-3 QB. Must have had good grades to get into UF without a football scholarship. He could have gone to a very good liberal arts school. Some of them have exciting football programs.