Nahlin reported this week that Mo Blackwell is up to 210 LBs now. Seeing that DMO just weighed in at 220 LBs at the Senior Bowl while being 6'4 while Blackwell is 6'1 seems like good news as Blackwell reaching 220 LBs (or starting LB playing weight) seems attainable this offseason.
Definitely can see Blackwell starting at 1 of the LB spots, but Nahlin says Blackwell is more likely to be the guy at Sam LB (DTD's spot last season) instead of Will LB (Overshown's spot last season). Also surprising to see that Blackwell is gonna be a true Junior this upcoming season. I didn't realize that his redshirt was burned a couple seasons ago.
Does the terminology even mean shit when talking about the LBs? We were most often in Nickel so two LBs. Always saw Ford listed as MLB. He lined up in the slot quite a bit too with DMO inside. Both lined up between the tackles on the same play often when the offensive formation dictated. DTD often took over for DMO, including the bowl game. So we’re saying one is Will and one is a Sam, which would seem to indicate different roles? I didn’t think we went 3 LBs very often and Blackwell was sort of a hybrid at times.
Also remember talk of how DMO was at 230 last year so BS maybe. Whether Blackwell is 200 or 215, his game will be speed/quickness. At 215, the Oline still is kicking his ass if they get to him. The key to our LBs is keeping them clean. Do as we did last year, and he’ll be fine. Blackwell will stick his nose in there so he just needs to keep maturing physically no matter his weight. I’d think the goal is to keep him in space anyway.