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The Cardinal Countdown: 56 Days Until Kickoff

NCAA Football: Citrus Bowl-Louisiana State vs Louisville Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

#56 Kam Jones

Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 5-11/213

Position: Linebacker

Hometown: Gwinett, GA

Twitter: @_kamjones

Thoughts: Kam was an early enrollee last season for the Cards getting a head start on adding some “football weight” and getting his strength up to compete at the Division I level. Kam took a redshirt last year and will be in the mix to try and get some live reps in 2018 at either the linebacker position or on special teams.

When LD Scott broke down Kam’s film on NSD last year he highlighted his aggressiveness and “being the hammer” instead of nail, not shying away from contact. The important thing to note from that breakdown was that he also showed Kam’s awareness, that he wasn’t just a bull in a china shop at all times. Kam showed he could identify offensive sets and attacked where the ball was going to be before it even got there. That skill, in my opinion, is next level training that not many high school athletes excel at and should hopefully give him a leg up as he starts to compete for playing time.

I remember last year, or maybe it was two years ago, someone brought up linebacker size so why not discuss again. You got somewhere else to be? I’ll go ahead and say that Kam’s height (5-11) isn’t a big concern to me. In a perfect world I think you’d like to see your linebackers tall enough to easily see into the backfield over the play up on the line but not so tall that they lack the agility or foot speed to avoid getting their ankles broke in open space. What height does that translate to? I’m sure someone who makes a lot of money has it down to a sixteenth of an inch via thousands of Sabermetric studies, but to me I’d say 6-1 or 6-2 is the target as long as the player has distributed weight for that frame. Now, by my own standards Kam is slightly undersized, but you have to remember this is just an “ideal linebacker” on paper. I know plenty of 6-1, 220lb folks walking around who would be pretty terrible collegiate linebackers. The difference is having the athletic ability to overcome being a tad shorter or tad taller than that standard and using your other skills to make up that difference. We saw Preston Brown perform pretty well at 5-11/6-0 and CJ Avery was impressive last season at 5-11 as well. As I highlighted above Kam has shown he has a decent football mind and good speed, and likely won’t let an inch or two hold him back.

…….thats what she said.

Good luck to Kam this year.

Sweet Tweet:

Thats Kam on the top right, dropping ‘Pete The Cat’ knowledge on these kids. Shout out to the Cards for once again killing it in community service this past year, finishing in the top five nationally for the fourth consecutive year. In 2017-18 the Cardinals totaled over 9,000 hours of community service. Well done to the men and women of Cardinal Athletics.