I’ll admit, I hadn’t though much about Bethune-Cookman before their game last week vs Miami. I actually came away impressed with their program as they gave Miami all they could handle, in Miami no less.
They use a lot of Juco transfers as well as an leftovers they can find from FBS schools. Eventually Miami did take control as they have the better talent, but I did take notice of a few players who could be involved in the NFL Draft next April.
Sean Spence, MLB, Miami
- Fast freak athlete, caused a fumble at the goal line on a nice stand up stop
- Blitzes well due to his speed
- Like Sandilands, wherever the ball is, Spence is nearby.
- Doesn’t always take good angles, can be fooled on misdirections, counters, etc.
- Tries to anticipate snap counts, can be drawn off
Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami
- Speed for days. Get the kid the ball in space and look out
- His best chance is to be a Devon Bess/Wes Welker clone and play the slot in the NFL
- Very good hands, made a terrific catch down low, and also has tremendous leaping ability to go high
- Very good return man, punts and kicks, took a big hit on a punt return but absorbed it and accelerated immediately
- Routes? He doesn’t run any real routes at Miami, they use him for screens, across the middle, but to truly take the Slot role in the NFL, he’ll need to learn to be a dynamic route runner. He’ll need to showcase this at the combine if he has any chance
Marcus Robinson, DE, Miami
- Had a solid game, 3 sacks, drew a couple penalties
- Great read on a screen play, broke the play up
- Used a stunt well and finished with a big hit for the sack
- Didn’t see many tackles in the run game, may not play the run well
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
- Unclear yet if he will declare, but I LOVE this kid. He will be a great NFL running back
- Speed to burn, solid body, reminds me of a faster Clinton Portis
- Slowed a little by a shoulder injury, but in the second half he warmed up and ran wild.
- 4 straight games with a breakaway run of over 40+ yards, this one resulting in a TD
- One cut and goes. Patient, sees hole, then explodes through it.
- GREAT blitz pickup on the second Streeter TD play, another Portis reminder
- Runs tough even with great speed, needs to avoid hits as best he can
Reggie Sandilands, MLB, Bethune-Cookman
- Made an outstanding play on 4th and 1 plugging the hole and finishing the tackle.
- Used great speed on a chase down sack of Jacory Harris on a busted play.
- Great hustle, fast motor type guy, always around the ball
Rodney Scott, RB, Bethune-Cookman
- Runs hard once he gets going, but hesitates, possibly due to the infield dirt/footing
- Stood up by Spence at the goalline, led to his fumble, very costly
- Runs hard once he gets going, needs to make a cut and go
Alex Monroe, RT, Bethune-Cookman
- Was beaten a couple times by Marcus Robinson, but overall played well
- Speed rush seemed to be his weakness, if he gets his hands on you and can maul, he can win
- Opened good holes for the QB options, but not much space for base runs
Ryan Davis, DE, Bethune-Cookman
- Very quiet game. Did have a very nice sack after blowing through the blitz pickup, after that not much.
- Couple QB pressures, shows good speed, not sure about his motor
One other player that I notice but really didn’t do much was Chase Ford, TE for Miami. His size is impressive, he reminds me a lot of Jimmy Graham who also only played 1 year of TE in school, but you can see how well he’s worked out in the pros.
If Ford gets the chance to showcase himself in the combine or even pro days, he could be a big sleeper as an UDFA. Has shown good hands when used, and is built almost like a WR, but he blocks almost full time and is rarely used by Al Golden or Jacory Harris. He’s worth watching simply based of the Miami TE lineage in the NFL.
One player not looked at was Ray Ray Armstrong, serving his final game of suspension, he needs to play great during ACC play to regain some of the momentum he had coming into this season for the Draft.