Thursday, November 21, 2013

Santa Barbara sledgehammer

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On the Central Coast, Santa Barbara City College has long been a junior college laughingstock - until now.

The Vaqueros were a surprise 7-3 this past season and the play of hard-nosed linebacker Morgan Nevin is one reason behind the turnaround.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Nevin showed versatility for the improved Vaqueros by lining up inside and stuffing the run, to pursuing from the outside and rushing the quarterback.

The thing that impressed me about Nevin were his reads. He didn't get fooled by option keeper quarterback runs and stayed disciplined to halt the play. His reaction to the ball is a strength.

I did catch him coming up too high on tackles. He'll need to be more consistent with his pad level at his next football stop. He'll also need to polish his coverage ability against the pass.

Still, though, Nevin is a high-motor player and versatile run stuffer/pass rusher.

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