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Before you complain about Cross, Whitaker, or Alexander getting ships... How about a guy who is getting a free ride because of his last name?
Any other year I wouldn't be whining about this, but with a smaller class I really do not believe he deserves his spot. We could be taking Curry or Smith, but instead we're stuck with another role playing cotton.
......The other two cottons on ship now have more than earned it, its your choice to not like Barney but actually look at the kids and watch them play before you judge them. They all have the pedigree, toughness, and will you want in quality football players, and they ALL will make impacts on this team.
I do think this could give some leeway, even if Sam ends being the best of the bunch, with a greyshirt for sam if needed with unexpected recruits (never happens anyway. In-state kid, Lincoln, coaches son= perfect.
Just sayin there are more deserving prospects who we are passing on because of it.
People said the same thing about his brothers - they turned out to be pretty good.
Is it possible Sam is underrated and has so little offers for a reason other than he is not that good? Maybe schools just don't even bother with him assuming they have no chance (from lincoln, coaches son, brothers in program)?
I think it is more about the need, we needed a TE in this class, we missed on our top targets and the talent pool is pretty shallow this cycle.
Like I said, any other year and I wouldn't question it.
Terrell Mitchell would have been a nice pick up. I think he really did like Nebraska for a while, but became fixated on Oklahoma.
We have had a few debacles at TE the last few seasons that has forced the coaches hand a bit this year.
That is why I'm moving Sean Fisher in the spring to TE. He sure is going to have a tough time starting ever at LB, IMO.
This post was edited by BigGameJames 2 years ago
I'll never forget Matt Millen during the Wiscy game telling fisher to go pick up his Jock Strap because he just dropped it at the 40. And then after that he got punched in the face in the endzone by ball.
That's not a bad idea...
After a RS 2012 season, we could be looking at Sam Cotton as a RS Freshman starter at TE. I'd just about guarantee that he'll be a 3 year starter at TE regardless.
Ben is one of the best blocking TE's in the entire country. He is the best man on man blocker on the team. Jake was nearly a starting OG as a RS Freshman prior to his injury.
I have no problem offering the youngest Cotton when nearly everybody I talk to says he is the best of the bunch.
Sean has proved he can play...at times (VT 2009, OSU 2011) but he is never going to be a difference-maker at LB with his size or instincts.
And his size would be a plus at TE, plus his natural running/hands. Maybe put on a few pounds, but Reed is a bit under without the height.
Blocking for him is an unknown, so not a no-brainer from all angles.
This is completely unwarranted. Similar to the complaints when both Ben and Jake were given scholarships.
Funny, how those complaints turned into praise for each of the kids, isn't it?
First of all, there were many fans who complained when Sam got his offer, so why even bring this up?
and I got news for you, every player on scholarship is a role playing athlete. We needed a TE, especially after it was clear that David was not interested in NU. Strange how so many people were keen on bringing in Bush-Loo, who clearly is not as highly rated as Sam.
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Yes I know this subject has been talked about already. It just occurred to me that there are people unhappy with Cross who think we should have grabbed curry etc. Well that wouldn't be a problem had we not picked up a TE who's only other offers were Ohio and Tulsa.
I have a different definition of role player. A good example is Ben cotton. His role is the run blocking TE where Kyler Reed's role is the receiving TE.
Bush-Loo and Sam Cotton have roughly the same value. Difference is Bush-Loo had 3 more D-1 offers from an arguably better group of suitors. (splitting hairs I know)
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We need one DT this year. We absolutely need one TE as well. Curry came into the picture late, long after Sam committed. In fact, getting Cotton, although probably a foregone conclusion, is an essential addition to this class.
Curry is actually not an essential addition, and since it's pretty clear that Valentine is already N, then he becomes a bit superfluous to a class with limited openings.
Sometimes WHEN you make a commitment is more important than what your perceived value is.
As to the "unhappiness" about Cross, there is not a single fan who truly knows whether he has greater value than Curry or vice-versa.
As to your definition of role-player, you're reaching. A kid who only returns kicks, or only comes in to blitz on passing downs, or only gets a carry from the five yard line would be a "role-player".
A TE that plays most every down on offense is not a role-player, any more than a TE who is a receiving option on every down, like Reed.
By your definition, Eric Hagg and Dejon Gomes were "role-players".
Ben Cotton is not a role-playing TE.
This post was edited by daddyact 2 years ago
IMO the coaches don't Curry is THAT good.
Obviously, otherwise they'd have found room for him. Considering the kids who are apparently ready to commit (or already have, silently) Curry becomes nothing more than a late add-on;the kind that a lot of fans would gripe about as proof that the staff had failed to get the player they really wanted.
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