Friday, June 5, 2009

Countdown to UGA-OSU: 92 Days(#92 Neland Ball)

#92 Neland Ball, DE
6-6, 232, Jackson GA (Jackson HS) RS So.

Neland was a AJC Top 50 coming out of high school. Rivals rated him one of the Top 10 weakside DE's in the Nation and a Top 15 Recruit in GA. He was a member of the All-Dixie Team as well as a Prep Star All-American. He led Jackson HS to the 2nd rd of the playoffs his Sr year.
After he redshirted his Fr. year, Ball appeared in 5 games in 08 where he had one QB hurry. Ball missed spring drills following patella tendon surgery in January. He should be ready by fall.

Depth Chart Analysis: DE is the #1 question mark(again) for UGA going into 09. CWM's scheme seems to rely heavily on getting pressure on the QB with the front four. UGA has not done that consistently since M. Howard got drafted by the Colts. With the interior talent that is on the DL and all the attention the opposing teams will have to give to clog the middle it seems like our DE's should thrive. Somebody from this group has to step up! J. Houston looks like he is the man to do just that after a great spring and he should hold one spot(after his suspension). The other spot is wide open with Battle, Dobbs and Longo holding the inside track. One thing that is for sure is that UGA needs a lot of healing to take place over the summer as almost all DE's our hurt. Ball has the frame and athletic ability to become a monster on the edge.....will he get there?? We shall see. Ball will have his chance to shine in 09!

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