Thursday, August 23, 2012

Two roster moves

In case you haven't heard, former Woodland Hills linebacker Ejuan Price is going to take a medical redshirt.  It hurts this season because the linebacking unit is already a question mark, but in the long run it may be best for both him and the program because it will give him more time to learn how to be a linebacker.

Also, it appears that former Brashear star Manasseh Garner is going to transfer from Wisconsin to Pitt.  He lettered in his first two seasons, first on defense then at wide receiver.  He has had some injuries and the Wisconsin staff has questioned how much he wants to be a good player, but he's 6'2" 212, built like a brick wall, and has very good speed.  In other words, the basics all there for him to be excellent.  It's all up to him.  He was expected to see a bigger role this season for the Badgers, possibly as the No.3 receiver.  He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

20 comments:

  1. the number 3 reciever at wisconsin is the 1 or 2 at pitt. the potential for the 2013 recievers is good if foster comes to pitt. a starting 3 of street, garner, and foster sounds good to me

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  2. the loss of Carrington today really hurts. He gave us great depth at CB and had a lot of potential.

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  3. Yeh we are even as far as transfers go a good 2 deep player Carrington for another 2 deep player in Manasseh. If anything I think we came out ahead slightly in that trade Manasseh has played in Rose Bowls in consecutive years. Our Wide out option just got better for next year. Street (hopefully), R. Jones, Wuenster, maybe a davis, and Manasseh. Also add in Challingsworth and god willing Foster. Certainty not terrible. With the DB's Williams has one more year of eligibility and Pitts is a RS frosh. Christian has couple of years left plus either Pardner and Ryan Lewis. Carrington is good, I hope he does well, he will be missed, but at this point I'd rather lose a CB and gain WR then the other way around when all things are considered.

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  4. Cut to the chase...what is Garner's 40 time?

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  5. Thanks for providing us his track times from 2009!

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    1. I believe he was an H-back/TE for Wisconsin. Similar to Carswell.

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    2. doesn't matter Joe has years of stalking milesplit.com.
      He is an expert so if he says this kid is slow and can't play then we gotta follow his wisdom.

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    3. and the number of girls who can beat him in a footrace relates to his ability to get open, catch the ball in what way?

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    4. He was not a TE at Wisconsin. He was a WR.

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  6. I believe he was also recruited and played outside linebacker at that time. Show me other outside linebackers with that speed Jody. When he got to Wisconsin, they saw the speed and overall talent and moved him to various positions, finally settling at WR.

    If the roster is improved, none of us can complain. Again a third receiver at Wisconsin, should be a first , second or third receiver at Pitt. Where did Curtis Martin go to High School and what league was that? Mentally, they both appear to have the same outlook. They both needed to develop passion at this very point in their careers. Once Garner does that and the lightbulb goes on, he will be just fine. Give it a rest Jody.

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    1. Joe D you bring up some good points. I'd agree that the city league isn't exactly a hotbed of NFL talent. That being said there are a few that succeed. Maybe not in the past five years, and maybe not at the NFL level. Rob Rutherford, Kevan Barlow come to mind. I'm not sure who's done it recently. Positionally you raise anothe valid point, but I'd say HCPC and co are pretty good at finding fits for guys who don't know quite where to play. Jack Lippert is a good example. And who thought that scrappy little Jason Frimpong would even have a change at seeing the field at Linebacker, but he does... It will be interesting to see where Garner ends up.

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  7. I have never known badger ball to be a wr school. Don't sell pitt short in producing quality receivers - Fitzgerald & Bryant and company. Who is last badger to make it to the NFL as a top quality receiver? I cant think of any. Prove me wrong!!

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  8. I'm more concerned about this fellow's work ethic. If he wasn't motivated at Wisky, what makes anyone think he'll be motivated at Pitt? Anyway, if he can learn to play at 100% on every play, run good routes and block he can be a good receiver, right? Just needs to be more quick than fast. Latif Grim was never a burner...

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  9. Chris Chambers and Lee Evans are really the only ones that comes to mind.

    Some dude named Nick Toon was drafted this year. Not a very robust list to be sure, buc!

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  10. According to Scout Wisconsin, he was the 29th ranked outside linebacker, but my point is well taken. He is fast, athletic and needs to find a niche. Wisconsin thought the niche was at WR after stints on the defensive side of the ball and he was scheduled to be the # 3 WR as a junior.

    The point you missed in the Curtis Martin reference was not about city league ball, but rather the mental portion of the game. Curtis didn't have the passion for the game in high school or college. I am glad ATL picked up on that piece as it is material going forward. He earned a lot of offers based on ability and potential as many others do, which is fine. The desire is key from taking a talented good player and making them great. That is what PC is bringing in my opinion which is kids that want to play for Pitt and will run through walls to achieve!

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    1. Inner city schools all over the country don't produce a lot of top prospects mostly because of economic reasons.

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  11. Where are the linemen?

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  12. Jared Abbrederis- 6' 2" 180lbs - walk-on at Wisconsin and here are his stats from 2011

    2011: Earned his second letter, starting all 14 games at WR ... ranked third in the country, averaging 15.8 yards per punt return, second-best at UW in one season (min. 15 returns) ... 933 receiving yards led the team and are fifth-most in school history and most by a sophomore ... eight receiving touchdowns tied for fifth-most in one season at UW ... 55 receptions are seventh-most in school history ... finished second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally with 1,999 all-purpose yards ... that is the sixth-best single-season total in school history ... had seven games with at least 150 all-purpose yards ... 346 all-purpose yards in the Rose Bowl vs. Oregon were one shy of Ron Dayne's school record ... career-high 119 receiving yards, school-record 201 kickoff return yards and 26 punt return yards in that game

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    1. See Chris Wuestner stats from 2015....

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    2. Impossible! You can't put up those kind of numbers unless you're a 4/5 star recruit!

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