Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Practice Wrap - 8/21

Who stood out: Junior nose guard Jared Marvin.

At this time last season, Marvin was on the Falcons’ junior varsity, trying to adjust to playing defense (he was recruited to play fullback but was moved to defense in the spring of his freshman year). This year, Marvin is starting and looking sturdy as the anchor of the Falcons’ 3-4 front.

Marvin got some good experience last year – as did many of his teammates – thanks to the rash of injuries to defensive linemen (as you’ll read about in Wednesday’s edition of The Gazette). And he returned to the academy in what appears to be excellent shape. He put on “a good solid 10 pounds,” he said, to get up to 270.

“It’s been helping,” he said. “I’m feeling a lot better.”

With all that muscle on a frame that’s listed at 5-foot-11 (but can’t be more than 5-9), Marvin, naturally, has been given a couple of nicknames.

“Coach (Ron) Burton (the defensive line coach) is now going with ‘Stump,’” Marvin said. “I get a lot of ‘Baby Marv,’ because I’m short. They come through with a lot of them. Some I don’t want to repeat.”

Another possibility comes from defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter.

“He reminds me a lot of a nose guard we had in Reno named ‘Dump Truck,’” DeRuyter said, referring to his days as a co-defensive coordinator at Nevada. “He’s got that same build.”

Count me in the "Stump" camp.

Lasting image: Blocked field goals. Junior Kevin Rivers blocked two, freshman Reggie Rembert got to one and just missed another at the end of practice.


Anonymous said...

Jake: Is this Reggie Rembert the "real deal"? Do you see him being an impact player this season? Our team fought hard last year but I always felt that we needed a playmaker on the field (especially on the special teams unit)...

Thanks for your daily submissions! They have really helped, us, AFA hard core fans to count the days down much easier...

Go Air Force!

jake.schaller said...

V9 -

Yes, I think Rembert is the real deal. Senior cornerbacks Carson Bird and Garrett Rybak both have played really well so far in camp, so I don't expect Rembert will unseat either. However, look for him to appear in nickel pacages and to give Bird and Rybak the occasional break.

As you note, he might have the biggest impact on special teams. He seems to have good instincts and has looked exciting returning punts in practice. He runs a sub-4.4 40-yard dash, so he can fly. For a team that has lost a lot of close games the last few years, a big play or two on special teams could make all the difference.