Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Racer Football Talk with Conor: Linebackers

Huzzie at OVC Media Day
The Murray State linebackers is the one of the few bright spots on the Murray State defense this year. Murray State linebackers, Qua Huzzie and Sam Small were named to the 2012 Preseason All-OVC Football Team.

However, there's a catch, the Racers don't have much depth at the linebacker position this year. Huzzie and Small will be the two returning starters this year, and they will anchor the defense. Only one other guy that saw significant playing time last year is back. If an injury occurs, the Racers will have to rely on linebackers who have not had much experience playing college football.

Qua Huzzie spent his first two year at the University of Kentucky. Last year, Huzzie came into Murray State, and made 80 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. The Racers will need him to step up again this year.

Sam Small led the team with 115 tackles last year. He had 9.5 tackles for loss, one point five sacks, and a quarterback hurry. He is expected to help Huzzie lead the defense again this year.

Huzzie used to play for UK.
Blake Salter is the third guy who saw significant playing time last year. Salter made thirty-three tackles, one quarterback hurry up, and one pass breakup. The Racers are hoping that Salter can step up and make some big stops this year on defense. If not, the Racers will have to look at playing some guys who are freshman, and have no experience at all.

The rest of the linebackers have made a total of ten tackles during their collegiate careers. The linebackers are made up of five freshman, one sophomore, and a junior.

The Racers do have a sleeper in there. Corey Addison is a transfer out of South Carolina, and he could contribute right away. He is the only guy who has made a tackle at the college level. If he can step up, this will solve their issues with their bench not being very deep.

Overall, the Racers are okay at the linebacker position. If there are no injuries, then the Racers will be superb at the linebacker spot. If an injury occurs, Corey Addison will have to step up, because none of the other backups have every played a snap at the the collegeiate level.

The Racers will receive a B at the linebacker position. There's a lot of potential here, and the sky's the limit. If the Racers don't get injured, they should be just fine at the linebacker spot this year. Next week, we will break down the defensive backs.

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