#32 Marqui Lowery
Position: Defensive Back
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Thoughts: Lowery was a name we really hadn’t heard much of from the staff up until his commitment during the early signing period last December. While I am certainly not the recruiting expert it seems like a fairly good consensus that the staff may have missed out on a couple JUCO players in the secondary and had a spot available for an incoming freshman and they liked what they saw on tape from Marqui.
Marqui, as you can see from the film below, did a good job in covering large areas of space in the secondary. Basically at that level, he was just playing center field a lot, shagging fly balls from QBs who think they have Lamar Jackson arms, and that’s fine because that’s what they expect a safety to do in that position. When Lowery lined up on a man at the LOS he showed his speed again but also his ability to play the ball, as I liked seeing him get his hips flipped and his head turned before the ball arrived.
If he ends up at safety I’d like to see him add another 10-15 pounds as meeting someone already coming downhill at you weighing a biscuit under a buck seventy likely won’t work well. I don’t think Lowery is an immediate impact player but someone they can work with and develop into a nice piece of the secondary in seasons to come.
Little known fact, we used to do warm up drills very similar to this before track practice every day when I was in high school and I didn’t really understand the correlation. Turns out our assistance coach was also the running backs coach and really only knew like 6 or 7 drills total. Not sure I got any faster, but I could juke the crap out of someone coming out of the blocks.
#32 James Turner
Hometown: Saline, MI
Thoughts: In previous posts we’ve already discussed the vacancy at kicker and it appears that James will have a pretty solid shot at winning the gig going into fall camp. The summer depth chart had Tuner listed as the #1 option for place kicking duties.
Turner got some run last year as a freshman when Creque went down with an injury and actually took over kickoff duties the final five games, averaging nearly 56 yards per, and worked in 3 touchbacks on 23 attempts (see below). Turner didn’t attempt any PATs or field goals in 2019 but coming out of high school he was very consistent with his leg going 12-12 on field goal attempts and 45 of 46 on PATs as a senior.
My gut says Tuner and Travelstead battle it out the last few weeks and they both get a chance to audition for the job in the first month (assuming we have an early non-conf game). If the season is straight into conference play I’m thinking the staff may go with Turners experience to “kick things off”.
I know the conditions are not factored in, I know he’s not wearing equipment, I know he’s getting a bit longer of a lead up….but…..HE’S BANGING THE WALL AT 75 YARDS OVER AND OVER. WHY CAN OUR KICKERS NOT PUT IT IN THE ENDZONE?! Small pet peeve of mine, but in the last eight seasons only two times has UofL finished higher than 100th or better in the nation in touchback % on kickoffs and both of those times they still hovered just around the national average each season. With the new kickoff rules the touchback isn’t as important but avoiding the hits and the threat of a return would make me sleep better. #MoreTouchbacks2020