With the final scrimmage of Fall Camp under wraps, all signs points towards Tulane. Les Johns of the Demon Deacon Digest gave his thoughts about who would be on the two-deep for the offensive and defensive side.
One theme that is quite noticeable is youth. With a few years under the belt, Coach Clawson has started to get more talent in Winston Salem as more and more players projected to crack into the two-deep are underclassmen.
Some notable thoughts as you should read and support Les by reading his articles in entirety!
- There’s a lot of youth on both sides of the ball. It’s not just redshirted freshmen either, some true freshmen are getting into the mix.
- QB Sam Hartman seems to be gathering momentum in the starting job. Thankfully the new redshirt rule (broken down here), could also be beneficial in giving Hartman starting experience and save his eligibility for the year.
- QB Jamie Newman had a minor injury but is he potentially more hurt than we’d like to think?
- Former walk on TE Jack Freudenthal looks to have a lock on the TE spot.
- WR Sage Surratt, another young player, looks to take over for WR Scotty Washington as his injury may be more serious than initially believed. Speaking of young players, freshman A.T. Perry and Waydale Jones could be factors.
- A lot of depth on the offensive line as expected.
- DL Boogie Basham looks to get his chance as a starter and a true freshman in Rondell Bothroyd looks to be his rotational “backup”.
- DL Chris Calhoun also looks to get his chance as a full-time starter. Manny Walker, another young DL gets a chance to play rotation snaps.
- LB Justin Strnad is still the top linebacker but D.J. Taylor and Ryan Smenda Jr. look to battle it out for the last starting LB spot.
- CBs Amari Henderson and Essang Bassey along with S Cam Glenn lead an experienced secondary back with converted WR to S Chucky Wade making the secondary perhaps the most experienced group.
- S Luke Masterson, S Coby Davis, and CB Ja’sir Taylor (only true freshman starter for Deacs in 17) look to provide some serious depth.
Overall, the Deacs seem to have a good indication of who their contributors are. It’s great to see a good mix of veterans and youth as many young players seem to have the talent to contribute now, leading to a promising future.
Obviously, injuries and other factors are hard to predict (WR Scotty Washington get well soon!), but the Deacs look to be ready to take on Tulane.