17.Apr.2012 Mixed Reports: Cade Cowdin (Pankey Revisited?)
From Paul Buker:
A lot of eyes will be on Cowdin, a cerebral sideline-to-sideline player.
From Cliff Kirkpatrick:
He decided to walk on at Utah State, but couldn’t qualify academically.
“I’m just trying to learn the defense right now,” Cowdin said. “It’s not overwhelming but it’s a lot to learn. It’s a totally new defense for me. But it’s a good scheme and I’m trying to take it all in.”
Watching Cade Cowdin closely you can see that his added weight has slowed him down a half step. His eyes seem to be in the right place, but in space in coverage he had a tough time staying with the offensive player.
Buker's interpretation implies Cowdin is (a) smart and (b) fast, while Kirkpatrick's and Rival's writings suggests Cowdin is a (a) a dullard and (b) slow.
Here's his film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHrLazAo36w
So if the reports that he's added 20lbs are true, then I'd wager he's gotten slower. In his highlights, he looks slow, but more obvious is how awkward/herky-jerky he plays. Definitely not a fluid linebacker. Close your eyes and try to imagine Cowdin trying to chase down Barner or James…eek. Pankey revisited?
What do you think? Another wasted scholarship, or a player who can contribute?