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2017 starters leaving and their 2018 replacements
The 2017 senior starters and their likely 2018 replacement. Better, worse, or same:

Safety:17 Allen - 18 Foster = Worse Allen was consistently one of the top tacklers on D. Coverage at times was so-so.

WR: 17 Beebe - 18 DJ Brown = Same. We all love Beebe, but you have to be on the field to make an impact.

WR: 17 Blake - 18 Wesley = Better. Multiple options for this spot. I went with Wesley even though he could end up in the slot. If he does, then the Beebe spot goes to Better and Parchment is here and it is Same with a good possibility of better.

RB: 17 Huff - !8 Harbison = Better. Same reason as Beebe. Huff was great at times, but you gotta stay on the field to produce. Harbs may be a star in the making.

LB: 17 Jones IV - 18 Deveaux = Worse. Big drop off here. Very young and unproven. This will be a camp battle for the new starter.

DT: 17 - Lee - 18 Heflin/Kramer = Same. Such a rotation here I just grabbed the best young guys. Lee was very solid. Heflin or Kramer may prove to be better. Was close to going better here.

CB: 17 Lurry - 18 Embry = Worse. Lurry was special. He gambled and lost at times, but he could change a game.

TE: 17 Wimann - 18 Brinkman = Worse. TD machine. Hopefully next season we have a better WR group and the TE won't need to be such a big part of the passing game.

While there are more Worse than Betters, I think theres a lot of talent that just isn't proven. Some other positions will improve as unproven players get a chance. I think 2 true freshman CBs play in '18 as that position is really thin.

Others leaving who played : Abresch, Olootu, Saffold, Sanders, Schwab.
01-04-2018 11:04 AM
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Saffold is coming back.
01-04-2018 11:38 AM
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(01-04-2018 11:38 AM)NIU1981 Wrote:  Saffold is coming back.

I did not realize he got an extra year. Some experienced depth at the slot will be good.
01-04-2018 11:55 AM
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RE: 2017 starters leaving and their 2018 replacements
I’m assuming the kicking evaluation is a “to be seen”.
01-04-2018 01:11 PM
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01-04-2018 01:33 PM
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(01-04-2018 01:33 PM)NIU1981 Wrote:  This guy might be coming:

http://www.gobearcats.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=707

https://twitter.com/Agantz16?ref_src=tws...r%5Eauthor

Yes PLEASE. He was a semi finalist for the Lou Graza among a lot of other accolades and seemed a hip injury took him out.
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01-04-2018 01:38 PM
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RE: 2017 starters leaving and their 2018 replacements
A good kicker would be such a needed boost for this offense. I didn't list Hagan because I just don't have any analysis of kickers or his replacement. With the condition of the offense it's an important positioning 2018.
01-04-2018 01:58 PM
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Doesn't the Middle LB come back too to soften the Jones loss?
01-04-2018 03:36 PM
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(01-04-2018 03:36 PM)HuskieJ Wrote:  Doesn't the Middle LB come back too to soften the Jones loss?

Yes Pugh will be back. He had to be the biggest loss this past season. Hopefully he remains healthy and continues to play well because the defense will need it. He was the 2nd best player on the defense by Sutton.
01-04-2018 04:17 PM
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RE: 2017 starters leaving and their 2018 replacements
Daniel Isom will also be back in the secondary. He was forced into play last year and did real well.[/i]
01-04-2018 04:28 PM
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