WeAreSC Roundtable: Spring Breakout Players

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  2. nvargas

    nvargas Junior Member


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    Sorry, I'm behind the rumor-mill, but thought I heard Echols entered the transfer portal? Saw him mentioned in this piece, but tough to break out if he's playing for another team?

    Hoping that was just a rumor...
     
  3. ErikMcKinney

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    Echols is still on the team. Not in the transfer portal.
     
  4. SC200SC

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    "Special Teams: P Ben Griffiths

    I’m intrigued with Australian punter Ben Griffiths. Flipping the field with great punting is a huge weapon we haven’t had available for some years now. This capability would be a major uptick in defense effectiveness by stretching the field. We’ll see."

    I too am intrigued by this guy. I remember how much advantage Tom Malone used to give the Trojans.

    Interestingly, I have an employee who is from Australia. He described to me that Griffiths was considered a journeyman type player, which gave me pause. But then he went on to describe what he meant. First off, he said that virtually all of the players at Griffiths' level are expert at placing the ball, and that includes while "on the run". Secondly, I realized that what my guy was also saying is that we Americans would describe Griffiths as "blue collar". Apparently, Griffiths loves contact and has no problem taking hits with no pads. In other words, pay no attention to Griffiths' Calvin Klein (underwear commercial) good looks. He is a baller.
    My guy further explained that the stars are the ultra fast shifty guys. But SC is not asking Griffiths to play running back. But that doesn't mean we won't see him running the ball on fakes. This threat alone could leave the return man without as much blocking.

    As Kevin says, "We'll see". Intriguing indeed.
     
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    Yes, that is exactly what I was thinking !
     
  6. TrojanManDan132

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    Solomon Tuliapupu will be the breakout sttar of the team this Spring. He'll dominate and win a starting spot somewhere on this defense. Book it.
     
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    Curious if any of the staff considered Marlon Tuipoluto as a breakout player? I only ask because he is a year further removed from whatever the back problem was that halted his freshman season (which looked promising), so one would think that he can fulfill his potential now.
     
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    That's kind of a cop out Arledge. To me breakout player means they accomplished nothing last season. Both Jackson and Tufele received extensive playing time. Tufele even made second team all-conference. That's just my opinion.
     
  9. ErikMcKinney

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    He was in the running for me. Definitely excited to see him out there this spring.
     
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    lots of positive opinions...
    I always look to see how many on the injured list as usual , and are limited or held out...
    since helton took over,seems like every time they have to tackle,hit or block they can't ,it would be great to have a new trend.
     
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    Agree with Greg about LB Mauga. He looked like a future star in the making... then he kind of disappeared. Was he injured or just sat on the bench a lot after his fast start?
     
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    I am excited about him too. I saw this interesting post on twitter about him:
    Tuesday was the public debut of former 4-star LB Solomon Tuliaupupu, who redshirted in '18 (foot). He notched a physical PBU that came w/ his patented intensity. Fellow ILB Palaie Gaoteote said it nearly brought tears to his eyes to see his "brother" back on the field again
     
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    That of course would encompass Tuliaupupu out playing Houston Jr and Gaoteote which is going to be a tough task. I do agree that Tuliaupupu will earn major playing time and could possibly become a starter as the season progresses.
     
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    IE has been moved to Will (he even talked about playing the position last season) so it's possible he could be on the field at the same time with Solo at Mike.
     
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    Interesting. I saw that E.A made a position change. I was wondering if his new position calls for calling plays. If so, would mean that s.tuli
    And john Houston are in a battle?
     
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    Aussie Aussie Aussie!
    Troy Troy Troy!
     

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