Name: Reggie Northrup
Twitter Handle: Possible, but not confirmed: @NINAROSS_9
2012 Season Stats: 10 total tackles
Prognostication: Whenever talking about Reggie Northrup it’s important to bring up what he did well last season. As you can tell from the 2013 stats above, he wasn’t seeing a ton of time on the field as a regular defensive contributor. Northrup was, however, pretty vital to Florida State special teams and blowing up fellas during certain scenarios. He is going to start the season in a backup role again, although, he may eventually see more snaps at weakside linebacker as the season progresses — even if it is just in a rotational role.
Strengths: There is a reason Reggie Northrup is successful on special teams. Heck, it is the reason most linebackers excel running down the field and clobbering opposing returners. Northrup is really athletic for his size. Meaning, when all 220-pounds of him is running down the field at full speed, lookout. He still needs to improve his overall game, though, if he ever wants to see meaningful snaps on defense. If he were to play a little bit more like the guy who recorded six tackles against BC last season more often, he should be all right down the road.
Weaknesses: The skill level of Northrup is not the problem. Really, it is more about him putting it all together — which takes time and game experience. With a pretty strong linebacking crew ahead of him, Northrup just needs to be patient and continue to work on his craft and be swell on special teams. Backup weakside LB is his projected spot entering the season. Northrup should try to use that as an opportunity to learn the game from the sidelines as much as he can and use that knowledge whenever he enters a game to show the coaching staff what he can do.
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