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that just simply needs to be developed? Well we do and his name is Cassanova McKinzy. This kid has the size and the strength to make plays but the last coaching staff just didn't do a good job of developing or anybody else on the defense. C McKinzy showed some good things but he also made some mistakes that led to him warming the bench when he should have been out there gaining as much experience as possible late in the season when it was obvious we wasn't going to a bowl game. Why knock a kid confidence by pulling him out of the game after a mistake when the player ahead of him on the depth chart made mistakes and missed tackle all season long, LET THEM LEARN, Karlos Dansby, Karibi Dede, Travis Williams, Antarious Williams, Eltoro Freeman, Josh Bynes all had to learn from mistakes. Remember Tray Blackmon the 5 star from Lagrange, during a home game against Florida he lined up on the wrong side 2 or 3 times but he stayed in the game and ended up making a game changing play that resulted in a victory for us. Its all about getting these players to buy in this system all develop them into great players. Don't get me wrong, I would love to have Reuben Foster but if we don't land him I know we'll have get nothing less than the best out of what we already have.
Kris Frost and Mkinzy will be a hell of tandem this season. Both have a lot of upside.
looking forward to seeing those guys blossom under CEJ
I'm really looking foward to Frost I've been waiting for him to hit the field since he got to AU... I think he is going to be a name to remember!!!
I agree completely. Cassanova aint chopped liver! He has every bit as much potential as Foster to be a game changer!!!
Agreed! A lot of people probably forget that we have McKinzy and Frost because the previous coaching staff never gave them a chance to play, despite the embarrassingly lackluster performance of our linebacker core this past season. McKinzy had 12 tackles in his only start and then hardly played again until the UGA game where he had 7 tackles after which he did not play again. Frost barely touched the field until the Alabama game and while he wasn't in very long he made two big plays.
Even if we don't get Foster, our linebackers have the chance to have great linebackers this year. Foster would just give us more talent and depth.
We have quite a bit of excellent talent returning this year and a tremendous amount of talent who were red shirts last year and will be strong contributors this year. This year will prove that last year's team was our evil twin, banished to the nether regions, never to return again!
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Most of us fall in love with the newest recruits and forget about the talent we already have. McKinzy & Frost (as well as others) could be much better this year b/c of physical & mental maturity, a coach who is more dedicated to S&C than the previous HC, a DC/LB coach who WILL be able to run his own system w/o the HC meddling, and the fact that they have some experience.
I am also interested in how Mitchell might fit into this scheme. He was supposed to have good speed, but needed to add some weight. We might have another potential contributor at STAR or LB.
Don't get me wrong, I still want Foster & am glad we have Flowers & Toney. We need LBs badly. It's just good to remember that the cupboard is not completely bare.
Depth is a very good thing to have.
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