10.Aug.2010 Camp Notes & More Commits

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Cliff is reporting Michael Phillipp broke his nose today.

Glover is in camp and a surprisingly lean 240lbs.

Katz threw a bunch of interceptions on day 1 and still has no touch on his short ball. Look for Cody Vaz to make a move.

Keep an eye on Jordan Poyer…he might grab one of the starting CB spots.

Beaver Beware: Lance Mitchell is being pushed by #28 for the starting job. Say it ain't so.

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According to Kerry Eggers the Beavs received two more commitments:

The Beavers have 13 verbal commitments from high school seniors, including Jabral Johnson, a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker from Lawton, Okla., who originally committed to Arizona, and 6-5, 225-pound Kellen Clute of Spokane, who is projected as a tight end

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    Angry, you’re an idiot.

    • Beavker says:
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      Great post. Great post. Really adds to the conversation. Go away.

      • JackBeav says:
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        Hey! Leave him alone.

        Celebrate the fact that he can string four words together. We don’t need someone beating on the trolls who so obviously hate the Beavs. At least, that’s what I get from the short post. Only a Beav hater thinks idiocy is attached to a simple post about the Beavs.

  • IamOrange says:
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    I’d never heard of Jabral Johnson before today and wanted to see some game film on him and found this interesting quote about his commitment to Zona.

    “Despite committing so early, the 6-foot-2, 218-pounder plans to remain a Wildcat, even if other schools come calling.

    “I’m a man of my word,” Johnson said. “I’ll tell [other schools] that I plan to be a Wildcat.””-OKblitz.com

    If it is true that he has committed to OS what are the odds he’ll decide to jump ship when another school decides to offer? or is there a reason he chose OS over Arizona. From the small amount of game film I saw he looks quick and plays with intensity.

    • angry says:
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      I think he switched because his good friend Zimmerman (the WR) is from the same school and they’re going to play together. Eggers is rarely wrong on these bits of info, in which case this is a huge get. Both the Oklahoma kids look excellent and should be considered the prizes of the class right now.

  • angry angry says:
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    Guys, see the forum.
    I posted a question about Katz in regard to a piece I want to write and want feedback.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Jabral Johnson is #28 on the Oklahoma Super 30 (Zimmerman is #4). There isn’t any chatter on the Arizona blogs yet, but Kerry Eggers doesn’t write anything without confirming his sources. He’s a nice get for an OLB with 109 tackles last year. I’m sure Zimmerman was the difference if he did switch commitments… along with a little help from the Doctor.

    Sorry, I couldn’t help it.
    http://okblitz.com/videos.aspx?cid=16759

    Clute is on Scout as committing also. Apparently he did so about a month ago, and it leaked to his friends, who leaked it to the school’s Facebook page.

    Eggers’ article is pretty good. I was wondering why Colin Kelly wasn’t being mentioned at the RG spot. It seems he’s good enough to move to T. I still fully expect Lamb or Pohl to take that spot. And I wish for Sapolu to make a big enough impact to move Andrews. Andrews is good enough to be a back-up for an all-league type center. He’s good enough to push others to the side at G.

    Mannion, Marable, Bibbee, Akuna and Crichton are the head-turners as frosh… despite a hip injury to Akuna. No real surprise there.
    http://www.portlandtribune.com/sports/story.php?story_id=128148999681395000

    Poyer, Doctor, Uani Unga, Bibbee, Akuna, Glover and I hear maybe Dilbeck (instead of #28) are pushing the starters. This might turn into a better defense than expected. Though, the talk of six in the D-line rotation is still unsettling.

    Thank you Kerry for writing it like it is.

  • JackBeav says:
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    And Philipp’s nose was broken last week while he was training with his brother. He should be fine with a mask.

    The other report is that Wheaton fell hard on a shoulder and hurt it slightly.

  • Warren says:
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    Johnson would be a huge pickup, but according to ESPN, Rivals, and Scout, he is still with Arizona. So I’ll just wait and see if they change it.

  • thedevo says:
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    Actually, the prizes of this mediocre class so far are Dylan Wynn, Malcolm Agnew (who could be the next 3 year starter after Quizz), and Kenzel Doe (who is James Rodgers all over again).

    Looking forward to the RB battle between Agnew and Terron Ward.

    • angry says:
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      I love Doe as well. Best hands I’ve seen on a WR (love how he goes out and attacks the ball with his hands) since Chris Carter. Very agile and shifty.

      Agnew looks promising. More than I originally thought. I’m actually excited about him now.

      Wynn…eh, bit of a tweener/effort guy who runs like a wooden Indian.

      Watch film on the Oklahoma WR. He is the best prospect in this class so far. He’s Stroughter with no development necessary. Jabral Johnson also looks fantastic.

  • UofDuck says:
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    Some good news for my furry friends…. Oregon QB’s can’t throw either. I am getting nervous and don’t feel like my dux have a great answer at QB yet. Our best so far is a true freshman throwing against the 3’s on dee. Ugh!

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      As a “furry friend,” I’m just as worried about the Duck’s QB situation for the converse reason. Either option is a good one, I’m afraid. Dixon and Masoli were relative unknows before they broke out…and I’d say they were bigger question marks than the two leading candidates you have now.

      And truth be told, all Costa/DT have to do is be “not terrible” to be dangerous in CK’s system. LMJ and Co. could make me look good at QB.

  • Beavker says:
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    Speaking of not being able to adequately do what they are supposed to do…Hekkar is on the Ray Guy watch list? Why? Because…he’s a punter and on the team? Don’t you have to be good?

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      I could not agree more. I was embarrassed for him and beaver fans the world over during the Bowl Game Debacle last year. I mean, really? That was a joke…a very bad joke. I guess if there is anything more than a gentle breeze we’re in “four down territory.”

      Although…I had very similar sentiments about Serna when he cost us the game in the Bayou in ’04. Even though he never missed another PTA his entire OS career, I never could get myself to be fan.

    • Beavker says:
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      That’s great for Johnny, maybe that will be a nice confidence booster…or maybe it will be pressure and make him worse. Just saying, in comparison to Nebraska’s punter (Henerey):

      Henerey/Hekkar
      Avg: 41.4/40.1
      Long: 76/64
      Inside 20: 30/19 (this doesn’t include several huge inside the 2 and 1’s)

      Henerey kicks more, because the Husker offense sucked it, so it was a huge boost to them with that Defense. He was also their place kicker and on the 2009 and 2010 Groza watch lists.

      • angry says:
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        Again, if you watch the games you know Hekker’s average looks respectable because of a handful of kicks that rolled forever.

        He’s atrocious. I’d imagine his punts that actually go in the air are about a 28 yard average.

    • angry says:
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      There’s a reason I was furious when we forced our best punter (Matt Allen) to transfer.

      Hekker’s only good kicks are the ones that roll. He is a terrible punter. To be fair, he was a high school QB who Riley tried to convert. This is a Riley issue more than a Hekker issue. Riley does not recruit special teams at all (it’s why I was so stoke about Trevor Romaine). I’d rather have an all-world kicker and punter than a crappy “hidden gem” linebacker (*cough* Krebs *cough*). Use an F-ing scholie on kickers, ya nitwit.

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    I’m not worried about Katz. He’s our guy. I watched him live as he played a quarter in Pullman. Granted, it was vs. Wazzu, but the kid looked poised…seemed to have the “it” factor. If he doesn’t try to do to much with his oft-heralded arm, I think he’ll do just fine.

    He was the best quarterback in black and orange against BYU…which wasn’t saying much on that particular day.

  • angry says:
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    Anyone have info about this Kellen Clute guy? Slim pickings. I guess he was doing his best salamander impression and hiding under a rock before Riley discovered him.

    • JackBeav says:
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      From what I’ve read from last season’s articles about his team he was a central cog on D at the Sam. The defensive scheme they run is similar to Banker’s gap cancellation.

      He is also a fullback in the spread who likes to hit. Everyone projects him as a TE because of this, but all the articles in the local papers identify him first as a LB.

      He attended OSU’s camp and got an offer at that time. I think he committed fairly quickly, because his school’s Facebook page announcement is dated July 23.

      For reference, his hoops team must not be that good. There are a bunch of articles that pretty much start off with, “Except for Kellen Clute’s performance….”

  • ObjCritic says:
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    “Salamander” good nickname for Riley recruits – I like that one.

    Hmm, if Clute played at RB or FB, why not put him at MLB? He’s pretty damn big, and MLB seems like a bigger need position than TE.

    • JackBeav says:
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      6’5″ 225# ain’t small. You can find short clips of his team on youtube if you go after Mt. Spokane football. He’s #18. The blocking H-back and TE positions are important in our scheme, and they’re likely to be the most common additions to any roster because of their versatility on special teams.

      That being said, I like DE’s and LB’s more.

  • antiAngry says:
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    Where exactly is Vaz going to make a move to? Katz is the best QB and will start.

    Has for Hekker, the BYU game in 50MPH not withstanding. The guy has been very solid since his first few games as a true freshman. However, being simple minded you are stuck on on those first 4-5 games and can’t actually notice his improvement. Why you are so stuck on Ryan Allen is amazing. Did it ever occur to you, that while he might kick well in warm up and practice is because he had no pressure? It’s a lot different in a game situation. Once again, I don’t expect you to look at thing logically…it’s not in your nature.

    • angry angry says:
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      Er, I’m not thinking of the first 4-5 games. Okay, think of the Sun Bowl, supposedly his best game.

      1. Windy as angry after a bowl of chili.
      2. Hekker constantly kicked with the wind (we saw what he does against the wind).
      3. Hekker’s best punts in that game rolled forever.

      His best game ever was (a) wind induced with (b) lucky bounces.

      And you think I’m delusional? Okay, pal.

      Oh, and do you remember in the USC game when the announcers were laughing at the shanks. Yes, Hekker sure is great under pressure! I could name game after game where he shanked a punt.

    • JackBeav says:
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      Can someone please translate the above post to English? There are many English words in the post itself, and I think I get the gist. But it would be nice to have that confirmed by someone fluent in babblese.

      For reference, I think he’s saying that, except for half his career (and practice), Hekker has had some decent kicks… and Cody Vaz sucks and could never start for the Beavs.

      What a hater.

      • angry angry says:
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        Note: he also hates Matt Allen.

        I think he’s Johnny Hekker’s dad.

  • angry angry says:
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    I just looked it up, and Johnny Hekker was the 70th ranked punter in the NCAA last season. There were only 28 punters who were worse.

    That screams Ray Guy award to me.

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