Skipping the red shirt? Check out these impact freshmen
Much like last year, 2012 will be another year of trial by fire for CMU’s true freshman. Here are a few names that could be forced to skip the red shirt and contribute from the beginning.
Brandon Greer, S
Greer was a highly touted, 3 star recruit and is proving what the hype was about. In last weekend’s scrimmage, Greer had an interception in the red zone. This sort of play making ability is just what the CMU secondary needs. He has to have a slight edge over other safeties on the roster due to his 6’1″ 205 pound frame. I would be surprised if Brandon kept his red shirt status.
Nathan Ricketts, LB
Making the jump from high school to college can be very difficult at the line backer position but Dan Enos proved last season that even at this difficult position, a freshman can be given the job. Nathan Ricketts has the body to play right away but it will come down to the mental portion of his game. With the linebacker position being slightly depleted, look for this Nick Bellore look alike to skip the red shirt.
Jabari Dean, DL
The defensive line struggled to pressure the quarterback and stop the run last year. Look for 6’2″, 290 pound Jabari Dean to help in both areas in 2012. Here is a bold ass prediction, the defensive line will be a strength for the Chippewas in 2012. On paper, the Chippewas are big, agile and young. It is the perfect recipe for mashing some MAC quarterbacks.
All three players are on the defensive side of the ball and would not expect any true freshman to need to play on offense. Whether these guys play this year or not, they will eventually be impact defenders.