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August 15, 2018 7:14:25 AM
Every day from 99 days out (May 25) until kickoff, I'll put up a post telling you how many days until kickoff and breaking down something about the upcoming season related to that number.
Today, since we are 17 days away from kickoff, we take a look at: Today we use MSU's No. 17, Aaron Odom, to give you the full picture of how preposterous MSU's defensive line depth is and what to expect out of that unit through the season in terms of personnel.
Odom entered Mississippi State as a Miss-Al All-Star Game selection, as the 10th-best prospect in the state of Mississippi...and redshirted last year. And frankly, the reps may not be all that high this year.
That's how insane the depth at this position is. Let's break this down by spot
We know Jeffery Simmons and Braxton Hoyett are going to be the starters here. That's about all we know, because look at this legitimate list of names that could fall into the second team: Cory Thomas, Grant Harris, Tre Brown, Lee Autry. Some of those guys won't be getting second-team reps, and that makes no mention of Kendell Jones, Cameron Young, James Jackson or freshman addition Devon Robinson behind them.
It wouldn't surprise me at all if MSU's regular rotation at defensive tackle went eight deep.
This is pretty similar to tackle. We know Montez Sweat and Gerri Green will be the first on the field, but look at the guys coming after second-team reps: Chauncey Rivers, Marquiss Spencer, Fletcher Adams, Kobe Jones, Aaron Odom. Once again, some of those guys will be battling to get third-team reps, and once again I'm not mentioning two freshman additions, Fabien Lovett and Jaden Crumedy.
This competition is insane. At tackle, I have a loose idea of how that will shake out (even if it's just a hunch), but on this, I have no idea. I could see a Rivers-Spencer combo, I could see Rivers-Jones, Spencer-Jones, Rivers-Odom and many others. You would probably have to watch MSU's intrasquad scrimmages to get a good idea of what's going to happen here.
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