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re: Shea RPM for James Simon

Posted on 2/15/24 at 10:39 am to
Posted by GeauxVU
Member since Jan 2022
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Posted on 2/15/24 at 10:39 am to
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This will get downvotes because it seems negative but its not trying to be. Simon looks really good.

But I do wonder if in this modern era where players transfer at the drop of a hat, if two backs of the caliber of Berry and Simon, who even though they compliment each other perfectly, can coexist and stay together for 3 years.

In theory, they are a perfect duo and should enhance each other, not detract.


Kaleb and Trey seem to be doing alright together...

ETA: this aged very poorly…
This post was edited on 2/16/24 at 8:01 am
Posted by Cash
Vail
Member since Feb 2005
37241 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 11:29 am to
Is his dad expected to stay on staff at Grambling?
Posted by LifeAquatic
Member since Dec 2019
1749 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 11:57 am to
quote:

I do wonder if in this modern era where players transfer at the drop of a hat, if two backs of the caliber of Berry and Simon, who even though they compliment each other perfectly, can coexist and stay together for 3 years.


I actually think the modern mindset could—not necessarily *will*, but *could*—be an active benefit in terms of coexistence and keeping them together.


If they’re both as good as we think theyll be, then they’ll both get more than enough touches to show NFL evaluators what they’re capable of. The time is long gone when the NFL would put significant stock in raw rushing yardage totals; in fact, a heavy college workload is often a *negative* from a scouting perspective. As long as you get enough reps to show your ability, the fact that you split time isn’t gonna matter. Thus, the biggest differences that will result from the fact (or I suppose i should say the possibility) that we’ll have two dynamic options are that both dudes will always be running with fresh legs and will be used in spots tailored to their strengths, as opposed to having to grind out a crazy workload and run tired or be shoehorned into roles for which they’re ill-suited.

Obviously, if it’s important to them personally to be a “bellcow” then yeah maybe it’ll be tough to keep both - but insofar as they’re concerned with maximizing draft stock, this should only help
This post was edited on 2/15/24 at 11:57 am
Posted by GeauxVU
Member since Jan 2022
1043 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 12:15 pm to
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Is his dad expected to stay on staff at Grambling?


Haven't seen anything about that so don't have a reason to think he won't.
Posted by LSUGlory16
Mville
Member since Jun 2014
1131 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 3:44 pm to
So do we now officially have room for 3 Rb’s in 25’ class? Or we still pretending TH will be with us next season?
Posted by NotaStarGazer
Member since Dec 2023
1118 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 3:54 pm to
3 RBs on scholarship is the absolute minimum on a roster. Several days ago, LSU was expecting 4...Williams, Jackson, Holly, and Durham. If Holly is gone, that goes to the minimum. All that's left for this class is the May transfer portal so yes, LSU might be looking at that for 1 more RB. and assuming Holly is gone, there is the scholarship to use.
Posted by GeauxVU
Member since Jan 2022
1043 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 4:18 pm to
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3 RBs on scholarship is the absolute minimum on a roster. Several days ago, LSU was expecting 4...Williams, Jackson, Holly, and Durham. If Holly is gone, that goes to the minimum. All that's left for this class is the May transfer portal so yes, LSU might be looking at that for 1 more RB. and assuming Holly is gone, there is the scholarship to use.


Agreed with your analysis. Take one in the spring transfer window, preferably one with multiple years of eligibility left.

I think it's possible we take 3 next year, but not likely. Berry + Simon for sure, but wonder if Ford becomes an option now (whether as an RB or ATH).
Posted by Jsteven
Nashville, TN
Member since Sep 2010
665 posts
Posted on 2/15/24 at 5:56 pm to
This makes a lot of sense, I hope we find room for Ford in some capacity.
Posted by Penrod
Member since Jan 2011
39079 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 2:01 am to
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3 RBs on scholarship is the absolute minimum on a roster.

Whew, I don’t know. I think three is way too thin. Four worries me enough to check out the walkons.
Posted by KWL85
Member since Mar 2023
1121 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 7:34 am to
But I do wonder if in this modern era where players transfer at the drop of a hat, if two backs of the caliber of Berry and Simon, who even though they compliment each other perfectly, can coexist and stay together for 3 years.
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Both Berry and Simon are very talented, but don't leave out Durham that is coming in. This kid is going to be hard to take off the field. Crazy good!

Along with Kaleb Jackson, we are building a hellofa RB room. Will be difficult to keep them all.
Posted by Chalkywhite84
New orleans
Member since Dec 2016
27015 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 8:52 am to
I think Durham is going to surprise a ton of people as a true freshman.

Kaleb Jackson is a bulldozing freak who runs a 4.5
Posted by tallamander34
Member since Oct 2017
893 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 9:39 am to
Durham should’ve been a 5 star. Everyone in Texas knows it’s true.
Posted by BetaPhi681
Hammond, LA
Member since Apr 2023
41 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 9:54 am to
The latest legal hiccup in Farmerville should increase our chances......
Posted by TNTigerman
James Island
Member since Sep 2012
10467 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 9:55 am to
Can he move up to '24? We need him now.
Posted by NotaStarGazer
Member since Dec 2023
1118 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 10:14 am to
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I think Durham is going to surprise a ton of people as a true freshman.

I agree with your and other comments about Durham. The only reason 3 might work (still prefer 4 RBs) is he comes from the best TX HS football program and he certainly doesn't look like a "project" or needs to get in shape, etc. He appears to the prototype TR FR heavy contributor at his position. These are not just 3 guys are RB...2 are potential stars and the other J Williams has proven to be a good player on his own with tons of experience. Hell, I remember him in the class of 1996.
Posted by TL
Perry, Louisiana
Member since Jul 2011
336 posts
Posted on 2/16/24 at 1:07 pm to
Simon seems to be a really solid RB: great vision, always moving forward, not afraid of contact and very good speed. Looking forward to seeing him at LSU. Durham is going to be a STUD RB at LSU.
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