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Scouting Report: Liam Jimmons

by Jeremy Shapiro

Liam Jimmons Scouting Report

Strong-side defensive end commit Liam Jimmons and the Huntington Beach (Calif.) Oilers had their second consecutive shutout this past Friday, thrashing the Marina Vikings 33-0. Jimmons was a disruptive force in the Vikings backfield, notching 5 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 quarterback hurry. The productive defender has compiled 15 tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 7 quarterback hurries in the Oilers 3-4 defense this season.

Athleticism

–Jimmons is not a twitchy defender, but exploits his athleticism by generating space with his length and creating power through leverage.

-At 6-feet-4, 240 pounds, Jimmons has a strong frame and is capable of adding more weight to play the 5-technique position.

-Average change of direction ability and juice coming off the edge, but does flash explosive closing burst to run down passers and ball carriers.

Pass Rushing

-Consistently finds ways to make quarterbacks uncomfortable in the pocket, but needs to work on translating his quarterback hurries into sacks.

-Tracks the quarterback and recognizes when the passer has escaped pocket containment.

-Wins with power when operating out of a three-point stance, but must develop an arsenal of pass rushing moves.

Run Defense

-Displays a strong ability to read keys from the ball carrier and diagnose plays in the backfield.

-Excels at anchoring at the point of attack and sniffing out read-option attempts.

– Advanced hand usage and arm extension, allowing him to peek into the backfield, before disengaging from blocks.

Summary

-Jimmons is a well-rounded defender who thrives against the run, flashes disruptive pass rushing ability, and can become a valuable 4-3 end for the Trojans.



Garry Paskwietz
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Garry Paskwietz

A 1988 graduate of USC with a degree in Sports Information. Worked in sports marketing for LA Lakers and Miller Brewing Company. Began covering the Trojans in 1996 with the Trojan Football Fax. Founded WeAreSC in November 1998 with stints at Scout and ESPN. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.


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