Red-White Game Preview and Breakdown

By: Jeff Woods
By: Jeff Woods

Jeff previews Saturday's Red-White Spring Game with a breakdown of each position for both teams.

April 13, 2012

 

The Hilltoppers close out spring football on Saturday with the Red-White game at 6 p.m.  The rosters are set.  Practices are over.  Which team has the advantage at which positions? Let's find out...

 

Quarterback

White Team - Kawaun Jakes

Red Team - James Mauro 

This is easy. Go with the three-year starter.

Advantage: White Team                       

 

Running back

White Team - Antonio Andrews, Oliver Head

Red Team - Keyshawn Simpson, John Evans

Andrews performed very well at last week's scrimmage, but I'm going to go with depth on this one.

Advantage: Red Team

 

Fullback

White Team - Nick Baisch, Courtney Dalcourt

Red Team - Kadeem Jones, Demetrius Coley

I like the duo of Jones/Coley just a little better than Baisch/Dalcourt.

Advantage: Red Team

 

Wide Receiver

White Team: Boe Brand, Joel German, Neil Wilson, Dyron Speight, Jerrell Moore

Red Team: Rico Brown, Willie McNeal, Tyler Higbee, Daerius Washington, Jamarielle Brown

This is a close one, but I'm very high on Tyler Higbee and a healthy Willie McNeal is a huge plus.

Advantage: Red Team

 

Tight End

White Team: Jim Murphree, Ryan Wallace, Tim Gorski

Red Team: Jack Doyle, Mitchell Henry

Doyle and Henry are the top two tight ends on the team. This is an easy pick.

****Henry tweeted Saturday afternoon he will not play in the Spring Game.

Advantage: Red Team

 

Offensive Line

White Team: Seth White, Adam Smith, William Berner, Luke Stansfield

Red Team: Sean Conway, Luis Polanco, Cameron Clemmons, Cliff Burns

Conway, Polanco and Clemmons were all starters at the end of the season. They should have the slight edge this weekend.

Advantage: Red Team

 

Defensive Line

White Team: Jamarcus Allen, Cole Tischer, Jamichael Payne, Gavin Rocker, T.J. Smith, Kenny Martin

Red Team: Quanterus Smith, Rammell Lewis, Jonathan Scott, Tevin Holliman

The White Team has more proven talent on the D-line and I have heard good things about Rocker and Smith.

Advantage: White Team

 

Linebacker

White Team: Andrew Jackson, Tye Golden, Terran Williams, Chuck Franks, Bar'ee Boyd

Red Team: Xavius Boyd, Daerius Washington, Tavis Ciochetty, Mike Federspiel

I could have stopped at Andrew Jackson.

Advantage: White Team

 

Defensive Back

White Team: Tyree Robinson, Arius Wright, Kiante Young, Ricardo Singh, Ty Scott

Red Team: Kareem Peterson, Jonathan Dowling, Jamal Forrest, Cam Thomas, Vince Williams

I think the White Team has the edge on talent at the top, but the Red Team probably has more depth.

Advantage: Draw

 

Special Teams

Considering how bad the position was last year, I could not begin to tell you which team has the advantage at place kicker. I'll give the Red Team the edge because they have punter Hendrix Brakefield.

Advantage: Red Team

 

So let's review. I give the White Team the edge at quarterback, defensive line, and linebacker while the Red Team has the upper hand at running back, fullback, wide receiver, tight end, offensive line, and special teams. Defensive backs was a draw.

Clearly, I believe the Red Team is better on offense while the White Team is stronger on defense. That should provide for a very entertaining game.

Ultimately, I think the Red Team has just a few more playmakers and that will make the difference.

 

Prediction: Red 23, White 19

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