Drummond Gets His Shot
Expect redshirt freshman Derek Drummond to get his first look at linebacker now that Rick Costa is suspended for the foreseeable future. Ralph Friedgen said he thinks the 6-3, 232-pound Drummond will play about 15-20 plays Saturday against North Carolina, backing up Trey Covington at LEO, the hybrid end-linebacker slot.
“Yesterday he did some good things,” Friedgen said. “He certainly has the size. He runs a 4.7. He really has improved in the drill aspect. We do all those fundamentals every day and he has done very well in 2 on 2 and 1 on 1. Where he has trouble is when he gets in with the whole team putting all of it together. That is the next step.
“He did some better things yesterday, giving us a little pass rush. I did some work today, ones against ones. Covington had class so he missed the last half of practice. Drummond got a lot of work. I still think he is going to grow into a defensive end, and that he will be 265 before he finishes growing.”
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