Coach Enos Identifies Position Group in Need of Most Improvement
TCR: Which position group do you think needs to improve the most in order to have a successful season next year?
Coach Enos: ”Our defensive line…We need to make a significant improvement in that area, because that’s going to help our whole defense. People will say, “passing yards,” or “you need to get more interceptions,” but that will come when your defensive line plays better, when your defensive line is more dominant. So we’re going to have just about everybody back there and a year older, and we’re going to inject these new guys in there. I will say this: that is an area of emphasis for our program and our coaches, the offensive and defensive lines…there’s a guy like Blake Surpa who we redshirted; he’s going to be an outstanding player. He’s up to 253 [lbs] right now, defensive end – going to be very good. Ben Randle, defensive tackle, is up to over 270 pounds right now. Ben Randle will be 290 [lbs.]. L.T. (Leterrius Walton), when we get him back, he’s 308 [lbs.]. Matt Losiniecki, he’s 280 [lbs.]‘; he’s going to be a 300 pound guy. We’re going to start getting bigger in that area–we’ve got to get bigger there. You can’ be a 250 pound defensive tackle, 230 pounds at defensive end…”
Conspicuously absent from Enos’ player mentions is 322 pound three star recruit Schafer Johnson, who decommitted from Indiana before becoming a member of CMU’s 2011 recruiting class. Johnson redshirted his freshman year, which is common for a defensive tackle, but many thought that Johnson would make an immediate impact. Hopefully the omission was just an oversight by Enos and not a reflection on Johnson’s expected level of contribution next year. Fantasizing about an interior of Johnson and Walton is fun. Anyway, here’s more information on the players that Enos did mention; class listings are for the 2012 season.
Blake Surpa: committed early, chose CMU over WMU, originally penciled in at tight end, redshirt freshman.
Ben Randle: converted tight end, redshirt freshman
Leterrius Walton: started against MSU, injured for much of the 2011 season, redshirt sophmore
Matt Losiniecki: recorded starts at nose tackle as a true freshman!