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Position Capsule: Defensive Line

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Posted: 1/24/2013 3:24 PM

Position Capsule: Defensive Line 


Northwestern has plenty of young talent on the defensive line. Where does it all fit? http://northwestern.scout.com/2/1260667.html
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Posted: 1/24/2013 9:43 PM

Re: Position Capsule: Defensive Line 


Thanks Chris.  Any idea how big Odenigbo is and if the added weight is "good" weight?

Ni bhionn an rath ach mar a mbionn an smacht.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 10:39 PM

RE: Position Capsule: Defensive Line 


Our DL is about as strong as it has ever been. We could be very very good. The key is the recovery from injury and development of two redshirt freshmen, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Greg Kuhar. If those two guys can contribute in any significant way next season, our DL can be one of the best in the B1G. We already have a bona fide star in Tyler Scott, 2 seasoned veterans on the interior in Chance Carter and Will Hampton, and young proven studs Dean Lowry, Deonte Gibson and Sean McEvilly. Losing QW and Arnfelt will hurt, but for once we are in a good position to just reload and pick up where we left off last year.
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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:28 AM

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BallisticCat wrote: Our DL is about as strong as it has ever been. We could be very very good. The key is the recovery from injury and development of two redshirt freshmen, Ifeadi Odenigbo and Greg Kuhar. If those two guys can contribute in any significant way next season, our DL can be one of the best in the B1G. We already have a bona fide star in Tyler Scott, 2 seasoned veterans on the interior in Chance Carter and Will Hampton, and young proven studs Dean Lowry, Deonte Gibson and Sean McEvilly. Losing QW and Arnfelt will hurt, but for once we are in a good position to just reload and pick up where we left off last year.
I would caution against skimming over the importance of CJ Robbins' development relative to that of Kuhar.

Though Kuhar was clearly the more highly-regarded recruit, CJ has advantages in terms of time in the program and size (6-5 275 vs. 6-3 275 -- Robbins seems bigger than his listed weight while Kuhar looked below it).  CJ definitely "looks the part" and has been adding weight consistently since joining the program.  I believe Fitz also commented on his improvement over the course of the bowl practices.
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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:49 AM

RE: Position Capsule: Defensive Line 


GCG,
Thanks for that. Was Kuhar the one who got injured in higschool wrestling (St. Ed's with Mogus and Gibson, I believe)? Was wondering if their are lingering issues with that injury.

I'd love to see more of Robbins... and good to hear about his development.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 11:48 AM

RE: Position Capsule: Defensive Line 



LGIPurple wrote: GCG,
Thanks for that. Was Kuhar the one who got injured in higschool wrestling (St. Ed's with Mogus and Gibson, I believe)? Was wondering if their are lingering issues with that injury.

I'd love to see more of Robbins... and good to hear about his development.
Yes -- Kuhar is the young man from St. Ed's who suffered a knee injury while wrestling and spent much of the past season rehabbing instead of practicing (I believe the bowl game was the first time he was in uniform on the sidelines).  I do not know that there are any "lingering issues" aside from the typical rehab schedule that comes along with a knee surgery.

Robbins also had a few injuries last year, but was able to practice for the bulk of the season.
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Posted: 1/27/2013 10:41 AM

Re: Position Capsule: Defensive Line 


Thanks Chris,   It will be great to finally see CJ Robbins in the mix.  Glad that we have a lot of experience coming back, Scott, Hampton, Carter, Mc Evily, Lowry, Gibson.  They are all great players who will continue to improve and play at a high level. Looking forward to seeing Odenigbo give it a go, hope he is eating well during the off season.

Go Cats !
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