December 27, 2007

2007 - Top Defensive Plays

Outstanding defensive plays may not stand out immediately, but they have an equal impact on the game. It can be a big interception, a key sack at end of the game, or a drive stopping tackle for a loss. Sometimes it is not the play that is made, but the play that is kept from being made. With that in mind here are the top five plays seen on defense by UGASports this past season as we traveled around the south.

Big hits, trash talking, intimidation, speed and strength are things we see in defensive prospects when covering them season to season. Some show all of the above, some specialize in one or two areas, but these five plays were made by five big time players that bring a lot to the table.

FIVE - In Virginia, two prep Academies took to the field in Fork Union Military Academy and Liberty Christian Academy. One may think that two small schools like this may have a decrease in ability, but that was not the case. There were players flying all over the place, but none with the speed and tenacity of Marcus Dowtin. He laid the wood on the quarterback several times and made a tackle in the backfield that had the crowd yelling and the ball on the ground. He hits hard and flies to the ball very well. He is also very underrated in my opinion.

FOUR - Next is the only player to make both lists, Christian Robinson. He was in the backfield on three straight plays against Calhoun. The last one was a big third down and the sack ended the season for the Yellow Jackets.

THREE - In the first game seen this year, Fayette County took on Mt-Zion Jonesboro. It was a game meant to set the tone for both teams season and Duke commit Matt Daniels would make sure the season began successfully for the Tigers. He made a great pick with his body completely over the receiver and took it up field. He looked impressive also on offense with a tough running style and is a steal for the Blue Devils.

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