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I find it hard to believe how many people have written off C. Grant. He won the starting middle linebacker job this past August and wasn't really given much of a chance before he was pulled at the beginning of the season. His position coach is Fickell, the most maligned coach of the past season due mainly to his schemes and decision making in general. Fickell is the same coach that started Bauserman over B. Miller last year. One of the worst coaching decisions of all time. Why is his judgement of ability to be trusted all of the sudden?
I think it is much more likely that C. Grant starts at middle backer this coming year than any freshman we could bring in.
give him time. remember how sabino did nothing his first few yrs.
It's been a mystery and odd to say the least about Grant's playing time. He started '12 then disappeared while with the exception of Shazier level of play at LB was mediocre. Then Boren, who hasn't played LB since HS...switches to LB. I LOVE Boren but it's amazing he's better than Grant.
Remember how Sabine did nothing his last 2 years...?
So you're blaming Fickel for not developing Curtis Grant, saying somehow Luke is incompetent? This is the same coach who developed Shazier into a player performing at an All American level the last third of the season. The same coach who at mid-season took a senior full back who hadn't played LB since high school and turned him into a very solid MLB.
Did you read about the extra one-on-one practice sessions Luke was having with Grant? They were covering real basic fundamentals of playing defense. Remedial stuff. It's obvious from that fact that Grant is a gifted athlete who does not have much of a natural instinct for playing the game.
That being the case, Grant's best chance to contribute is playing a position that does not require much decision making. MLB is definitely not that type of position. Not at the Div I college level. If Grant can play DE then that's a place he can let his athletic ability take over without having to worry about the dozens of adjustments and dozens of techniques that a MLB has to know.
It goes back to something John Cooper used to say. If a dog is going to bite, he will do it as a pup. Grant is a sophomore. If he was going to "get it" as a MLB, he would've showed signs of that by now. Maybe not the whole package, but at least some signs.
Hey...you have to follow the script that Luke sucks as a coach.
Sabino did nothing his whole career. Always chasing plays. Rarely made a play at the point of attack.
He has the athletic ability and great size, just needs to learn the D and get reps.You can bet spring and summer he will be working hard to learn what he needs. I am not worried about it. As long as he is solid, thats all we need with Shazier next to him. Plus some of the other younger guys got some really good experience.
I am blaming Fickell for continually making very questionable, overly safe decisions. How can you possibly argue for Fickell as a solid decision maker over the past two years? He has been constantly having to go back and re-evaluate his poor decisions.
Also, Fickell clearly has a passive defensive defensive style that doesnt suit an attacking defense. Who's to say he didn't hinder Shazier's development with his scheme and coaching? Who else did we have at outside backer anyway that could even touch Shazier regardless of coaching?
Fickell didn't move Boren. Meyer did.
Grant at D end is the dumbest thing I've ever heard. He spent all of high school playing middle backer and we are stacked with better ends than him.
if you had a clue it might be worth getting into detail about this...however you don't have a clue so it's not worth it. I tend to save those details for posters that actually know what they are talking about.
The bash Fickell threads were weeks ago, and if C Grant had a clue about what defense we are running then he would maybe be playing. He doesn't have a clue therefore he isn't playing and won't be in the foreseeable future unless he moves to D End
To all the people down voting me:
1) Who would you start at middle backer ahead of Grant?
2) Who do you think Grant takes playing time away from at DE?
Since I'm clueless ... who do we start at middle linebacker? And don't tell me it's a true freshman with two less years of college football weight training and coaching than C. Grant.
Follow up question. How can you fully trust the decision making of a man that doesn't start a Heisman candidate quarterback ahead of a guy who can't hold his jock?
Yes, but an indictment of whom?
Was Braxton not starting last year an indictment of Braxton? Just as much, was Storm Klein getting any playing time at all an indictment of the other backers or of the coach that decided to play him?
"Who would you start at middle backer ahead of Grant?"
You have a better chance of starting at MLB than Grant.
Storm Freakin Klein with a ruoptured disc sans practice and with a domestic assault charge started over him.
Fickell torpedoed C. Grant's chances early in the season when he gave extremely valuable reps away to Storm Klein.
I like Luke. I'm grateful for what he did last year and the effort he puts out. I am just flat out not convinced he is a good evaluator of talent.
I'm sure defensive coordinators on teams all over the country have the authority to move a starting offensive player over to defense. Of course it was Meyer's call, he is the head coach. But to think he didn't discuss that move with Fick is absurd.
It took Fickell 3 games to decide to make a true freshman who struggled with reading defenses and throwing to start over a fifth year senior......yes, what an idiot! Ever think Fickell asked his offensive coordinator at the start of the season “Is Miller ready to start?", and Bollman said "no". Just maybe after the Miami game Fick decide on his own? Just like Meyer trust his assistants to play the right guys, Fickell could of done the same.
Funny, but you still did not answer my question.
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