Posted by Mark Branstad – Football Talent Advisors
We’re two weeks into the college football season and there are more freshman making their impact felt. This week I found a few defensive lineman and a linebacker that are making major contributions.
Freshman of Influence Week 2:
Bostic graduated high school in January and currently leads the Gators in tackles as true freshman. Pretty impressive. He also ran some quick times as a high schooler at Palm Beach Central, Florida. Ran 11.41 /100, 23.15/200 at the District 9-4A Meet in 2008…also ran on regional meet qualifying 4×100 relay (43.11), even threw some shot put 40’07.
Originally recruited as an offensive lineman but made the switch to defense. Had three tackles against Arkansas State and looks to receive more playing time as season progresses. Threw shot put in high school 52’06 at A4 District Meet (2007) for Lincoln Southwest HS, Nebraska.
Kennard, a true freshman, has been quite productive in USC’s first two games with multiple tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss. With Matt Barkley there he’s not getting the attention he probably deserves. Anyway, he threw shot put and discus as freshman and sophomore at Desert Vista HS in Arizona…suffered a knee injury missing most of senior high school season.
Alright, I’m cheating a bit with this one because he’s a true sophomore but Smith is starting on an offensive line that many consider to be extremely good. Guess that means Ohio State’s defensive line is extremely good too? He also was quite a good thrower at Rancho Verde HS in California…throwing the discus 152’10 ranked one of top throwers in Riverside County for 2006. Also threw shot put 46’07.
A redshirt freshman, had an exciting spring game, was put into action after the ACL injury to Darren Evans. Williams has responded well with good performances in the first two games. He also qualified for Virginia’s state track meet as a freshman high schooler at Stonewall Jackson HS. Williams ran 11.04/100 and 22.90/200 at the Northwest Region Meet and placed fourth at the state meet in the 4×100 relay (43.05).
Okay how do we categorize this true freshman? He’s listed on the roster as a defensive back but he carries the ball, return kicks, catches passes he can do it all. Through two games he carried the ball five times for 76 yards and a 61 yard touchdown run, caught a reception for three yards and returned four kickoffs for 84 yards.
We can certainly categorize Smith as fast! Smith attended Booker T. Washington HS in Georgia…ran personal bests of 21.27 / 200 and 4×100 relay (41.21) at the Region 5-3A Meet this past spring. His 4×100 relay went on to win the 2009 3A state championship. He also ran as fast as 10.53 /100 and long jumped over 22 feet.
Smith’s Georgia teammate and fellow kick return, Brandon Boykin, is every bit as exciting but Boykin is a true sophomore. And yes…Boykin was an outstanding high school track athlete.