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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Report Card: Defense

Now this is what I'm talking about. Nine sacks and two interceptions makes Corey a very happy fan. The defense was tired down the stretch and some of the plays called made me scratch my head, but overall it was a great performance.

Defensive Ends: Kamerion Wimbley was a one-man wrecking crew, he took Mr. Top Ten Draft choice Eric Winston to school over and over again. Darrell Burston's name wasn't called as much but he contained. Willie Jones and D.J. Norris were fine on the pass rush and the true freshman Neefy Moffett got the biggest sack of the game. Grade: A

Defensive Tackles: Andre Fluellen had a monster game in both the 4-3 and 3-4 formations. Brodrick Bunkley was almost as good. Emmanuel Dunbar was able to provide a little help and got in on a sack. But this was a two-man show and they delivers. Grade: A-

Linebackers: Ernie Sims' interception was a play that only a few can make. Marcello Church found his niche as a blitzing linebacker. Sam McGrew came in with a big sack. I didn't like how Greg Olson kept finding soft spots between the group, but I credit Olsen for being as good as he is. Grade: A-

Corners: Gerard Ross had two pass interference penalties and knocked Kyler Hall out of the way of a second interception that led to a touchdown. His reaction time is terrible and there's no way he'll be a starter by the end of the month. Tony Carter was amazing, a 5'9, 160 pound freshman had seven tackles and played almost perfect coverage. As for the reserves, J.R. Bryant had another pass interference call, but Trevor Ford played well. Grade: B- (Carter gets an 'A')

Safeties: Kyler Hall had an interception and could've had two more, he also delivered a punishing blow on Kyle Wright during a scramble. Pat Watkins was his usual study self. Backup Roger Williams provided nice support. If Hall plays this well every well this should be a strong group. Grade: A-

Punting: Chris Hall deserves a game ball. His punts were angled well and unreturnable. He even got one inside the five. Just a money performance on his part. Grade: A

Posted by TPrincess 10:08 PM ||
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