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Good article. I really have high expectations for D Cox, I think he's going to be a stud.
Dantonio prowled throughout the drills Monday morning, casting an icy glare at every turn.
What's crazy is that Cox must be a freaking stud to even break the safety rotation. Any of our top 4 safeties would probably start at 90% of BCS schools.
Yeah. My bold prediction is that he gets a serious look at RB this Spring. Thompkins and Langford look good though in workouts, Langford has to be at least 215ish.
I dunno, we have Tompkins, Langford, Holmes, WIlliams (PA recruit) and the Shelton (Wisconsin kid) all competing at RB...I don't think Cox will be in the mix unless major injuries occur. I DO know one thing: he needs to get on the field....running back kicks, punt returner, WHEREVER: just get him on the field
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Yeah, he may be better at RB than the 3 Frosh though. He is basically Delton Williams, but he was a little better athlete coming in and he's been in the program a year.
IDK, we'll see.
Dunno if Cox will ever play RB. If anything he might get some wildcat QB looks on offense (he played QB for his HS team) but I think Dantonio is going to groom him as Drummond's successor.
By the way, anyone think there is a chance that Drummond goes pro early? He looked awfully good in 2012 and will only get better. Safety isn't particularly a high value draft position but Drummond is tall, fast, and a ballhawk.
Cox isn't the same type of athlete as Williams.
Williams is like 6'2 215-220lbs out of high school.
Cox is 6'1 195lbs and that's after a year of S&C with Mannie.
Depends on this next year. A lot of people though Lewis would go pro early, but he had a slightly disappointing JR year (2 INTs to 4, 0 pick-6s to 2, though he made more solo tackles and more tackles overall despite 1 less game).
If Drummond plays every game like he did against UM, then sure. If not, as you say, S just isn't highly valued. You gotta be true top notch to come out a year early.
I don't really see any rising JRs are being a possibility to go pro at the moment; Tai Jones will have 1 year starting, Marcus Rush is too small unless he can prove he can be a 3-4 OLB . . . unless Shilique Calhoun or Joel Heath has a crazy year (double digit sacks + 15+ TFL and multiple FF), I doubt they're gone. On O, the only eligible guys would be Lippett, Mumphery, Lang and some OL; if any of them are going pro early, MSU probably won 10+ games .
Michigan State does not and will not run the 3-4 defense.
Rush would be an amazing strongside LB in a 3-4 imo, dude is a monster against the run and can still pass rush too.
We have a lot of LBs/DEs that would look good in a 3-4, but we don't have the line personnel to run it effectively imo. That said, i'd love to see some 3-4 pure pass rushing looks like this:
DE - Hoover
NT - Drone
DE - Calhoun
OLB - T. Jones
MLB - Rush
MLB - Bullough
OLB - Allen
And IMO, with 2 senior LBs next to him and a veteran secondary, I think Taiwan Jones could have a massive year. Dude is physically NFL ready and his combine would be off the charts. I know we don't blitz from the STAR too often but man he could be a force off the edge.
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"Nothing we did last year, good, bad or indifferent, will have any effect on what we do this year,'' Mannie said. "Every year, you have to re-introduce this; this is a completely different team, even though a lot of them are the same guys.
For the love of Trevor...™
I'd be surprised if that is William's playing weight at MSU and he is listed closer to 200-205 everywhere. An inch and 10 pounds doesn't mean they can't be the same kind of athlete either way though. They are both S/RB 2 way guys that have a good combo of power and speed. Only difference is that Williams has the potential to grow into a Star LB with his lankier frame.
Cox is a free safety. Williams is a jumbo SS who is more likely to play OLB than S. I believe he was 215lbs when he played the Chesapeake Bowl.
Yeah. I don't see any way that they don't leave Cox in the secondary. The staff loves him there. We have a lot of candidates at RB as it is including MacGarrett Kings.
Langford, Thompkins, Hill, Holmes, Shelton & Williams are all at RB and only 2 or maybe 3 are going to play. Why waste Cox there?
Yea, I think he sees time at the nickel and will push for PT the next year with Jones/Lewis leaving. Tough though; Williamson and Drummond will be ahead of him during his RS Soph year and I don't know that you take either off the field.
I can't believe how deep MSU is on the back-7 on D after years of having next to nothing.
Drummond , Lewis , RJ, JJ even Hicks got PT last year.
If Cox could get into a the RB rotation and save the Frosh's redshirts it wouldn't be a terrible thing.
Like I said it was a BOLD prediction.
Delton Williams was quoted that he was up to 225 lbs a few weeks ago. Whether it is good weight or not, he could easily be 220 the day camp starts.
Delton Williams: The Erie (Pa.) Cathedral Prep standout stood out on both sides of the ball in the North's practices this week. Williams, who now weighs in at 225-pounds, shined at wide receiver and safety. He plans to play on both side of the ball in college as well.
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