[Note by Seth C, 04/06/11 11:31 AM CDT ] Bumped to the front page. Thanks for taking the ball and running with it.
As Seth kindly pointed out in links this morning, Tuberville said that he will start/play with 6-7 true freshman! So unless Tuberville misspoke, that doesn't include JUCO transfers that are likely to get playing time right away (Leon Mackey and Marcus Kennard). That's seriously intense. Who do y'all think will be these freshman starting? Here are my thoughts
Ronnie Daniels - He has proved himself in spring practice, and is listed as the starter at Big Back. That is all
Jace Amaro- It's pretty obvious he will be starting at TE. He is widely considered a Top 5 TE in the country (everyone but ESPN) and is considered to have some of the best hands, which is very important. With his large frame, he may be able to keep his sub 4.6 speed at as high as 245-250, which is serious NFL potential. He'll be a 3 or 4 year starter and has All American Potential. This last year, we've played shorter wide receivers with the same or worse straight line speed and worse hands. This guy has me pumped.
Jakeem Grant- Has previously claimed to have been told he'll be returning punts from the get go. Very well might break 2 deep of IR before the end of fall camp as well. His video is ridiculous
Blake Dees: He has been a tackling machine in spring practice. We don't have any other of those in our current team (that we know of yet). He may be technically slow, but has such fast reflexes and reaction time, that it his football speed very well might be a lot higher.
Jeremy Reynolds: Arriving early might have been better for him than Ronnie Daniels. Though Reynolds is green, I think he'll be in the 2 deep of CB's
Tony Morales: Count me as hoping he can redshirt. Yes, he's an amazing prospect. I think he will be a 4 year starter. I just hope he gets beat out this year. That year to develop will be huge for Tony.
Desimon Greene- I wouldn't be surprised to see Greene completely beat out Fehoko for passing down DE specialist. Note, if Scott Smith doesn't get out of the Dog House, he might take over as a full time starter by the end of the year. Has a ton of upside, played out of position a lot at his HS (QB and TE), so if he plays or redshirts depends on how fast he picks up technique.
Derek Edwards- Has shown himself to be very very similar to Lyle Leong in playing style. Has the potential to be a very solid deep threat. Has good to great leaping abilities, but from what I've seen, he has drive and a desire to be there. He loves the Red Raiders, and that deep affection for the team and teammates can't be understated.
Branden Jackson- Wants to play LB, might get into the 2 deep. If he starts, it'll be in a situational LB/DE, similar to Fehoko but Fehoko has put things together this spring, so he might have to wait that RS year.
Kenny WIlliams- As good as Ronnie Daniels has been, Kenny WIlliams could be just as good or better. There is a reason A&M threw so much at him to try and steal him from the Red Raiders. As it stands now though, RD is far ahead of KW on the depth chart, but we'll see what happens this summer and spring
Bradley Marquez- He very well might be moved to CB, with some reports of sub 4.4 speed (likely between 4.4 and 4.5). He is 5'11 173lb, according to rivals, that matches the measurements of 2011's top CB market almost identically. Or to be more precise numbers 4-10 are all between 5'10 and 5'11, 160-180, most in the low 170 range. Give him a year to be taught the position by Glasgow and Mounds, and he very well might be an all conference corner.
Deandre Washington- I heard a rumor that coaches think Deandre might be the most dangerous kid in this class. We'll know soon enough. Honestly, any of these 3 could break the RB depth chart.
One caveat to this is if Delvon Simmons comes to Tech, he'd be a guaranteed started as well.
These are just my opinions, I am not an expert by any means, just a fan.