Dang we are returning A LOT of quality players with talented recruits joining the fold.
Here is a list I compiled of graduates, those using transfer portal to find more playing time elsewhere, those going to the NFL as juniors, and a few on the fence about returning (which we can consider as leaving for the moment)… Please provide your own thoughts...
GRADUATES (9): KVon Wallace, Denzel Johnson, Diondre Overton, Tanner Muse, Chad Smith, Gage Cervenka, Tremayne Anchrum, John Simposon, Sean Pollard.
DEF GONE TO NFL EARLY (2): Tee Higgins, Isaish Simmons
MAYBE GONE TO NFL EARLY (2): Travis Etienne (most likely gone), AJ Terrell (proved himself a lot but may stay)
MAY TRANSFER (7) Cornell Powell, LeAnthony Williams, TJ Chase, Chase Brice, Taisun Phommachanh.... *** IF ANYONE KNOWS ABOUT THE SNAPS PLAYED BY THESE TWO OFF LINEMEN THEN PLEASE ADVISE... Blake Vinson, Matt Bockhorst
Sure. AJ, aside from the first touchdown given up to Chase (where Chase kinda pushed off), AJ Terrell had great coverage and STILL Joe Burrow and LSU receivers played pitch and catch. It was art. Not much Terrell could do better.
It will get a lot harder for AJ at the next level......he has had a great season but it was obvious from last night he has a lot of work to do to get ready for the pros.....I am sure he hurt his draft stock last night with all these NFL scouts watching......he was overmatched all night long from start to finish and responsible for giving up 21 points just in the first half alone....not a good look to end his college career or try and take the next step to show he is ready for the NFL......hope he comes back to finish on a high note for both these reasons....Go Tigers!!!!
Yea I'd say Bockhorst and Putnam are penciled in at the 2 guards next year. Obviously Carman is starting at LT. Center and RT are question marks. Not sure that McFadden is the answer at RT but maybe by the fall he will be. Really need someone to step up at C. #62 was a solid backup but I am not sure about him as a starter (lots of oddball snaps IIRC).
We have a lot coming back, but there are certainly some holes to fill. We lose a lot at offensive line and I think 2 deep as far as our safeties. Hopefully, the rest of the team can carry us while the new guys get the experience.
ETN said after the semifinals that there was a good possibility that he returned. Fingers crossed. The good thing is we don’t ride our rbs/players like other teams so mileage wise for a running back he’s in a good spot.