Charlie Weis has played a number of freshmen this year already – Robert Blanton, Ethan Johnson, Steve Filer, Darius Fleming, Jonas Gray, Michael Floyd, Trevor Robinson, Kyle Rudolph – but that group likely won’t have anymore additions to it unless things change according to Weis.
Okay, now, both the young wide receivers, meaning John (Goodman) and Deion (Walker), have made significant strides from when they first got here, to the point where if I had to play them in a game, I believe they would do just fine. Okay, if I had to play them in a game, I believe — now, I would not have said that at the beginning of the year. But at this point right now, if I had to play them in a game, I think they would do just fine.
I find it interesting that Weis didn’t mention Joseph Fauria considering the numbers the Irish have at tight end. It sounds as though the plan for Fauria will be to “redshirt” this year if possible since he’s yet to play this year. Steve Paskorz has been lining up as a blocking tight end in running formations the last few weeks so look for that to continue. I was also hoping to see Deion Walker get on the field this year because I think he will challenge for the #3 wide receiver position next year, but it doesn’t seem like that will happen.
Now, because I’ve got some big bodies on the defensive line, and let me take Kapron Lewis-Moore. He’s a very athletic guy who athletically we could get on the field right now. But is he going to be as good or better than the guys that are already out there playing? It’s not a question of whether he’d be good enough to play. The question is do we gain anything from that being the case.
It’s good to see that Kapron Lewis-Moore is impressing in practice because we are going to need some of the freshmen defensive linemen to contribute next year. Through fall camp Lewis-Moore stood out on the practice videos and looked very similar to a young Justin Tuck as a tall, lanky defensive end.
The remaining freshmen who haven’t seen the field yet include: Walker, Goodman, Fauria, Lewis-Moore, Brandon Newman, Hafis Williams, David Posluszny, Sean Cwynar, Jamoris Slaughter, Anthony McDonald, Dan McCarthy, Lane Clelland, Braxston Cave, and Mike Golic.
Edit: I forgot Cave handled long snapping for the San Diego State game. He has not played since though and without an injury, he won’t be able to get a redshirt for this season.