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Wu Am I? Greasy Choirboy & Tha Foolish Magician

June 30, 2009

Welcome to another edition of Wu Am I? for the 2009 season. Once again- I am trying to identify the 36 players of impact for the 2009 squad. So without any further bullshit, I open chambers 15 & 16…

Duval Kamara #18
Wide Receiver
6’5″ 220 lbs.
Hoboken, New Jersey
Wu Name: Greasy Choirboy

When it comes to Kamara, things are usually very quiet. He was a highly rated 4 star prospect in high school, yet his commitment to Notre Dame in early June of 2006 went largely uncelebrated. Kamara set freshman receiving records in 2007, but the team had one of the worst seasons in its entire existence and no one outside of the ND fanbase really took notice. As good as Duval was in his freshman year, he did regress quite a bit in 2008. When Kamara arrived to ND in the summer, he weighed more than what the staff wanted and was punished until he dropped the pounds. (He had to wear a lineman’s jersey). Duval never regained his freshman form and watched his minutes dwindle as fellow sophomore WR, Golden Tate, became a star and freshman phenom, Michael Floyd, skyrocketed to stardom himself as he crushed the records set by Kamara a year earlier.

Here comes 2009. With Tate and Floyd virtually locked in as the #1 & #2 WR’s, Kamara finds himself in a battle with two redshirt freshman ( John Goodman & Deion Walker), a senior (Robby Parris), and yet another bigtime freshman (Shaq Evans) for the “3rd” WR position. Notre Dame has arguably the best and deepest receiving corps in the country, so whoever emerges as the “3rd” WR will definitely have earned the job. My money is on Kamara. He has the experience and the skill set to set himself apart from the rest of the pack. It will ultimately come down to Duval and his ability to go up and get balls in traffic that has me believing in him. He will be pushed- but that push may be to the top of the mountain and not, to the bottom of it.

Kerry Neal #56
Defensive End
6’3″ 246 lbs.
Bunn, North Carolina
Wu Name: Tha Foolish Magician

Speaking of quiet. Kerry Neal was the first commitment for the incoming class of 2007. What sometimes happens in recruiting is that even though you may be rated very high (as Neal was) you don’t receive a lot of hype or attention. (Bad for business for the recruiting services.) What Neal lacked in flash during the recruiting period, he made up for once he got to South Bend. He played in all 12 games during his freshman year and started 5 of those games at outside linebacker. He was developing into a very nice pass rusher and showed good coverage skills on the outside. In 2008 Neal played almost the entire year with his hand on the ground at defensive end and was pushed around by offensive tackles, much bigger than him. The run support on the outside suffered.

I’m looking for a huge step forward for Neal in 2009. I think he had some injury issues with his shoulder in 2008 and he should be a little more healthy- plus if the Fighting Irish use more of a rotation system in 2009- he should stay fresh. Neal didn’t have huge stats his freshman year, so saying his sophomore year was a downturn when he switched positions doesn’t make all that much sense to me. I think Kerry has a swagger and a determination that is all his own, and we should expect more from him in 2009, as I believe he will deliver. Tenuta has been known to get the most out of his defensive ends in his scheme, and with new coach Randy Hart along to help- this could be a very big year for Neal.

Luginbill’s Got Our Back?

January 16, 2009

This was one of those moments where you are watching ESPN, and as Howard and Stewart are listing off their top 50 wide receivers coming back in 2009, you want to throw a brick or at least a Pringle at the TV screen. Then, something happens and you realize yet again that the first letter stands for “entertainment.” Luginbill comes to the rescue… Tom Fucking Luginbill.

Ice Cream Men

July 9, 2008

Another Wu Am I post for all of you Killah Bees out there.

Duval Kamara #18
Wide Receiver
6′ 5″ 225 lbs.
Hoboken, New Jersey
Wu-Name: Pesty Conqueror
Duval came to Notre Dame as a highly rated recruit last year. His high school offense ran a version of the “Wing T” and some analysts were unsure if Duval was worthy of such a high ranking as a WR when he was also a tremendous safety prospect as well. Well, he proved any nay sayers wrong as he worked his way up the depth chart and became a very good player in his first year.
Kamara is in the same mold as former Irish WR Maurice Stovall. His height and muscle mass allow him to get physical separation and jump up for the ball and snatch it from above the defender.
Really look for Kamara to develop into the Fighting Irish’s #1 WR from the first whistle of the pre-season, all the way through to the end of the year. He will benefit greatly if Clausen stays healthy and they nurture a trust relationship. Kamara can and should be the player Clausen goes to when ND needs a big catch.
I think he is going to be a motherfucking BEAST in 2008.
David Grimes #11
Wide Receiver
5′ 10″ 175 lbs
Detroit, Michigan
Wu-Name: Sweaty Butcher
David Grimes enters the 2008 season as the most veteran WR on the Irish roster and he was voted as the offensive captain. Grimes spent most of his career for the Irish as a slot option, but due to a lack of proven play makers at the WR position, David was put in as the #1 WR to start the 2007 season.
Grimes is a very quick and sure handed WR that runs very precise and good routes. Throughout his time at ND he has made some very difficult catches and the Fighting Irish will definitely need that ability to produce as they try to re-establish themselves as a power throughout the sky.
This year, David should see his production greatly improve as he should be playing his natural position in the slot with players such as Kamara, Parris, and even true freshman Mike Floyd available to Notre Dame to use on the outside.