By David Udel
Linebacker 6’3 212 Redshirt Sophomore
Whenever I see a Carol City kid on the Canes, I can’t help but smile. Every kid from Carol City is a fighting dog. De’Andre saw action in 12 of 13 games in his first season. He had 10 total tackles.
I see De’Andre making the six man LB rotation. He showed great potential and I believe he will take that next step and have great year. But there is already a starting Linebacker core.
Pickney, McCloud and Quarterman. So he is fighting to just make the rotation.
Linebacker 5’11” 220 Redshirt Sophomore.
Steed saw action in five games making three tackles, one tackle for loss and one fumble recovery. We see Steed beginning to get more playing time and trying to make the rotation.
BRADLEY JENNINGS JR.
Linebacker 6’1″ 230. Redshirt Sophomore
Jennings saw action in four games and totaled eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
Jennings is another LB trying to make the rotation. But with the addition of Huff and Brooks from St. Thomas Aquanis, Jennings will have to fight to make the rotation. Both fresshman will push Jennings and Joyner at Green Tree.
Patrick Joyner, JR.
Linebacker 6’2″ 235. Redshirt Freshman
Joyner saw action in four games where he totaled five tackles with three for a loss. Finally, our last LB with a hand full of games played last year that will try to make the rotation. To be honest, every LB mentioned above has a good chance of making the six man rotation.
Linebacker 6’2″ 235 Senior
McCloud had 44 total tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss, with half a sack. McCloud will be a starting LB along with Pinckney and Quarterman. McCloud is another Diaz’s kind of guy, fits his system perfectly. I really don’t see any of the youngsters taking his job.
Linebacker 6’1″ 234 Senior
Shaq made 2018 ALL-ACC, FIRST TEAM last year and will lead our defense this year.
Shaq delivered another dominant season in the middle of our defense, starting all 13 games and earning All-ACC First-Team honors.
Quarterman has started every game since he was a freshman and looks to improve his draft stock with another great year at Miami.
Shaq was ranked second on Miami with 82 total tackles (45 solo). He had a career-best 14.0 tackles for loss, and finished with 6.0 sacks, plus a interception.
As expected, Quarterman will be the man in the middle.
Linebacker 6’1″ 220 Senior
Pinckney delivered another standout season, starting all 12 games in which he participated while earning All-ACC Honorable Mention.
Pinckney was ranked third on the team with 74 total tackles, 35 solo, with 11.0 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks.
Honestly, I think Pinckney is the best LB in the ACC. Him along with two other seniors, McCloud and Quarterman, will make up the best starting LB core in Florida.
We are also adding two very special kids to this class with Avery Huff and Sam Brooks.
Sam Brooks is special in that his ceiling could be right there with the greats of this game. His potential is simply off the chart. He had a nice year comming off knee surgury, but I believe that delayed his progress a little last year. If fully healthy this year, Brooks might just be a man to watch. Just look at his picture, he’s a beast.
Avery Huff reminds me of Pinckney. A great all around LB with mad instincts for the game. Both these LB from St. Thomas could be the future of our LB core.
So we know who the starters will be, now which youngster will step up and complete the rotation for 2019. My guess is the young man from Carol City De’Andre Wilder for one.