Over in the basketball program, Josh Scott, Xavier Johnson, and the rest of the Super Six have already started making waves through their play on the court. Scott, especially, has been impressive, finishing the recent 5-game European exhibition trip as the team's leading scorer. Yet, even as great as Scott and crew may be for Tad Boyle's defending conference champions, it's the freshmen on the football side that may have the largest athletic impact this school year.
On defense, there's plenty of new faces to use at positions of need as the coaching staff threw a whopping 13 scholarships at both the defensive backfield and line. The backfield, especially, was in sore need of instant impact from the newcomers, and at least two will see immediate playing time. 4-star corner prospect Kenneth Crawley appears to be the real deal, and will probably be the opening day starter opposite returning vet Gerald Henderson. Fellow 4-star Yuri Wright seems to be in-line for some nickel/dime work in addition to spelling the two starters. The pair have turned around what was a gaping hole last year, leading Coach Embree to comment "It's funny, we go out there now and we're getting two or three interceptions a day. Last year, that would be a month. (Coach Brown's) got those guys playing." I'd call that impact.
|Look for Mr Crawley to make a statement at corner. From: the BDC|
|Tupou is a big, bad dude who could make a difference right away. From: the BDC|
|Gerald Thomas brings needed speed to the edge. From: The BDC|
|Christian Powell is making the fullback position one to watch once again. From: the BDC|
It's not every year that a program can have this many freshman come in and make serious bids for "impact" status before they've even taken their first class. Hell, to even have one per class is a sign that you're grabbing quality. It's both a testament to recruiting improvement, and of how desperate the personnel situation in Boulder had become that we're seeing this many kids make honest bids to not only play right away, but be relied upon in their first collegiate minutes.