A number of readers have posted the highlight video for incoming frosh Marcorus Garrett in the comments section... even though I posted it on the main page a few days ago.
But who can blame them? I've seen a lot of highlight videos over the years, and you learn pretty quickly that you have to take all of them with a grain of salt.
But the Garrett video is really incredible and you can see why there's a lot of excitement surrounding this player.
I don't make depth chart prognistications on this site and I don't ever want to be accused of overhyping an existing player, let alone a incoming freshman, but this kid clearly has a lot of speed and ability. The coaches deserve kudos for recruiting him and I won't back down from that statement.
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You know what I really like about this kid? I like the fact that his last name is "GARRETT." Perhaps a successful career at CU for this young man will erase all the bugaboos connected to that last name that started when dad Jim and sons Judd and John transferred to, and then away, from Columbia in the 1980's.
Looking at the bigger picture, I find the Lions team forming for 2010, (including the reported incoming class), to be a very strong-looking running group in many ways.
I like our speedy returning QB Sean Brackett, who closed out 2009 with 171 yards rushing in the 28-14 win over Brown.
I like Leon Ivery and Zack Kourouma, returning seniors who both looked good at several points last season and will bring that valuable experience to the table.
I like speedy Nick Gerst, the rising sophomore who impressed so many fans at JV games in 2009.
I like the tough FB Nathan Lenz, another rising senior who never seems to go backwards in a scrum.
I even like the offensive line, despite the fact that only two returning starters survive the graduation wave this May. I feel that way because a lot of underclassmen with super talent were waiting in the wings last season and I believe most of them will be even more capable by September. And we still have anchors Jeff Adams, who won 1st Team All Ivy honors as a SOPHOMORE, and Ian Quirk, who will be a senior and he keeps getting better and better.
I feel so confident about this running game that part of me wants to see the Lions line up in a wishbone formation and dare opposing teams to stop a combo of a speedy QB, speedy tailback, and a hard running fullback or two.
Don't laugh about the wishbone. It sure works for Navy and former Head Coach Ray Tellier used it to perfection a few times in the 1990's.