The most impressive thing about this video is Kenny Harper’s speed to the ball and tackling ability.
Matt Rhule’s position changes have been nothing short of genius so far.
Alex Jackson looks like he’s going to work out better as a DE than a TE, a move I suggested in this post way back on March 20th.
Chris Coyer looks like a triple-threat guy at H-Back.
Cody Booth, always one of the team’s best blockers as a tight end, looks like a real plus at OT and and an added threat for the tackle eligible pass in the goal-line package.
Romond Deloatch looks like a downfield threat at TE and a situational pass rusher at DE.
Wayne Benson looks like a playmaker at LB and a dynamic fullback option for the goal-line offense.
Still would like to see Khalif Herbin move from the slot to backup tailback, like Matty Brown did as a freshman, but someone explained that Herbin did not build up enough upper-body muscle to make that move. Still, I think Herbin is a natural-born running back who can stop, start, find holes and be the kind of home-run hitter Temple needs. Plus, the Owls have a Herbin-like slot guy in Jalen Fitzpatrick.
the team’s best 22 players
on the field and,
in my humble opinion,
if Kenny Harper isn’t playing
at running back, he’s still one
of the team’s best 22 players.
Now that Zaire Williams appears to have won the starting tailback job, as we hoped two weeks ago, the one glaring position upgrade need is over on the defense at safety and Temple has one superb safety on the team.
Kenny Harper, who Williams beat out for the starting tailback job, would be the perfect solution to the Owls’ safety problem on the defensive side of the ball.
Harper (see graph below) was one of the top-rated safeties in talent-rich Florida and the leading tackler for two straight years for the Gainesville Buchholz football team.
What did Temple lack last season?
Good tacklers at the free- and strong-safety positions. Harper is a hitting machine with the speed to play either position and rush the quarterback as a blitzer.
Not very many positions need an upgrade by now, but playing safety is like riding a bike. If you’ve won the Tour De France before, like Harper has done at the safety position, it won’t take more than 10 days to get rolling down that road again.
Plus, Rhule is all about getting the team’s best 22 players on the field and, in my humble opinion, if Kenny Harper isn’t playing at running back, he’s still one of the team’s best 22 players.
2011 Florida Pre-Spring Top 25 Safeties
|1.||Ha’sean Clinton-Dix||6-2||195||Orlando Dr. Phillips||Has similar skill set to Matt Elam|
|2||JaJuan Story||6-4||192||Brooksville Nature Coast||Rangy talent also is receiver recruit|
|3||Wayne Lyons||5-11||185||Fort Lauderdale Dillard||Super smart hitter moves from LB|
|4||Lamarcus Brutus||6-1||185||Port St. Lucie Treasure Coast||Junior commitment to FSU|
|5||Nick North||6-1||190||Hollywood MacArthur||All-Broward pick has big hit reputation|
|6||Karlos Williams||6-2||208||Davenport Ridge Community||Another FSU pledge; Plays WR also|
|7||Cortez Davis||6-4||200||Daytona Beach Mainland||Pledged to FSU, also hoops star|
|8||LaQuentin Smith||6-1||208||Orlando Dr. Phillips||Could grow into LB|
|9||Calvin Pryor||6-2||190||Port St. Joe||Versatile athlete doubles as receiver prospect|
|10||Larry Franklin||6-2||190||Vero Beach||Credited with 88 tackles, 9 pass break ups|
|11||Eric Farkas||6-0||185||Sanford Seminole||Has special skill set kicking, kick blocking|
|12||Ken Harper||6-1||200||Gainesville Buchholz||All-Area, 91 tackles, 10 pass break ups|
The Orlando Sentinel’s top safeties in Florida two years ago.