Freshman Friday Welcomes Gilbert Frierson

Freshman Friday Welcomes Gilbert Frierson

Cory Grimes

Freshman Friday

Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes’ pass defense had moments of greatness reeling in what seemed like pick after pick in 2017. However, there were far too many times when the UM pass defense left us with our face in our palms wondering what just happened. Turnovers are great and especially thrilling with the arrival of the Turnover chain, but the truth of the matter is relying on turnovers isn’t always sustainable. One of the biggest struggles for the defense was getting off the field on third down, much of which was due to busted coverage or losing one-on-one battles on the outside. The Storm 18 class clearly had an emphasis on improving those areas with the arrival of several highly touted DB’s. Today, I will zoom in on one of those new additions to the DB crew and how he will help take this defense to new heights. He’s the cousin of the ageless Miami legend, future NFL Hall of Famer (if he ever retires) and newly minted Miami Dolphin, Frank Gore. On the third episode of Freshman Friday, its number 3, Gilbert Frierson.

Scouting Report
Gilbert Frierson is a Miami Hurricane through and through. Growing up in Coral Gables, the early enrollee didn’t have to go far to land at his new home. At Coral Gables high school, Frierson lined up all over the secondary but mostly at safety. But at 6’1, about 195 pounds, he has the blueprint of the new age corner. I am not sure of the exact measurements of his wingspan, but just looking at him, it looks like he can scratch his ankles standing straight up. He’s a lengthy and rangy athlete. Usually with longer guys like this, the first step quickness can be lacking. However, I am extremely impressed with Gilbert’s burst out of his breaks. Once he breaks, he is a long strider who can cover a lot of ground in a hurry. There were times when a QB thought he had a guy wide open, thinking there’s no way the safety gets there, and then there’s Gilbert like a bat out of hell flying in to make a play on the ball. He is a very natural catcher of the ball, as he also happened to be Coral Gables leading receiver in his senior campaign, averaging an insane 41.7 yards per catch. He is awfully comfortable with the ball in his hands in the open field. His highlight films are riddled with dazzling returns. Long story short, it doesn’t really matter where Frierson lines up. The guy is simply a playmaker.

Often times, the greatest strengths can also be the greatest weaknesses. With his longer frame, Gilbert plays a bit high at times, especially in his back pedal. I just don’t think that was something he was asked to do much in his high school career. As I mentioned, he was mostly lined up at Safety, and when he did line up at corner, he used the shuffle technique the majority of the time. He has the ability to be a lockdown cover corner who is able to bully wide outs at the line in press coverage, but it just isn’t something that we’ve seen him do much of at the high school level. With that being said, he showed he’s a quick learner as he turned heads playing cornerback with an outstanding showing in the spring. He ended the spring session hauling in a pick at the spring game, and the freshman was blessed by the Turnover Chain for the first time. Frierson did show a willingness to involve himself in the run game. When he decides to fill the alley, he is like a missile coming from the secondary. He is an above average tackler usually showing great form on contact. He’s no ankle biter. He also proved to be an effective blitzer off the edge, causing pressure on the QB. The possibilities are endless. Frierson is the kind of DB a coach dreams up. Manny Diaz will have no problem finding a way to utilize number 3’s abilities.

2018 Predictions
Frierson’s early enrollment proved to be valuable in his transition from safety to what looks to be full time corner. Frierson and fellow early enrollee corner DJ Ivey (Ivey Freshman Friday coming soon) almost immediately worked their way into the two deep roster. The depth chart is in their favor to make an impact in 2018. Jackson is obviously the number 1 corner while Muddy is the clear number 2. However, Bandy will be splitting his reps between outside and slot corner leaving space for a new face to emerge. Jahvonte Dean hasn’t seemed to take the next step that we’ve been waiting on considering his physical attributes. Frierson and Ivey will be battling it out to fill that role on the outside when Bandy slides into the slot. In my opinion, the two freshmen were about neck and neck after spring practice. Ivey seemed to be the more polished cover guy, but Frierson looked to be a slightly more explosive athlete. I personally couldn’t say who has the edge at this point. More will be revealed when fall camp begins.

Usually, it is a scary proposition to play true freshman cornerbacks holding down the back end of the defense. Not all freshman cornerbacks are Gilbert Frierson. He has the size, athletic ability and confidence to hold his own on an island from day one. Once he fully grasps the position and the defensive scheme, we might be looking at our next lockdown corner at the U. Mike Rumph has to be excited to have a new thoroughbred in his DB stable. Expect Frierson to see substantial playing time from the get go, and he quite possibly could work his way into a starting role. I truly believe Frierson will be one of the top freshman DB’s in the nation and could make a mean duo alongside Michael Jackson. Shout out to the Frank Gore bloodlines as the UM family tree continues to grow with its newest star Gilbert Frierson.
 

Comments (12)

face in palms is an understatement when it comes to how i felt seeing the slot uncovered over and over again. Was especially bad against the lesser opponents, thinking we can just sit back cuz we have better athletes or something. Diaz needs to knock that **** off
 
face in palms is an understatement when it comes to how i felt seeing the slot uncovered over and over again. Was especially bad against the lesser opponents, thinking we can just sit back cuz we have better athletes or something. Diaz needs to knock that **** off
I have a different perspective.

I think we stayed in base 4-3 because we didn't have enough competent DBs who understood the defense, could cover, or tackle to play more Nickel. I think the plan wasn't that McCloud was going to be able to man up on a slot man in 3wr sets, but he'd at least be a sure tackler.

We all saw how bad out of position Knowles and Delaney looked at times. We barely had 2 cover guys until Bandy started picking up the defense.
 
I have a different perspective.

I think we stayed in base 4-3 because we didn't have enough competent DBs who understood the defense, could cover, or tackle to play more Nickel. I think the plan wasn't that McCloud was going to be able to man up on a slot man in 3wr sets, but he'd at least be a sure tackler.

We all saw how bad out of position Knowles and Delaney looked at times. We barely had 2 cover guys until Bandy started picking up the defense.

You make good point, but still no excuse to completely leave the slot uncovered. Making Benkurt(1st half) and Peterman look like friggin Heisman candidates was painful. Even on Quan's pick 6 you can see the slot receiver on the other side was wide ass open.

Hope Gil and Ivey contribute early at a high level, cause lord knows we need them.
 
You make good point, but still no excuse to completely leave the slot uncovered. Making Benkurt(1st half) and Peterman look like friggin Heisman candidates was painful. Even on Quan's pick 6 you can see the slot receiver on the other side was wide ass open.

Hope Gil and Ivey contribute early at a high level, cause lord knows we need them.
Yeah, I wasn’t crazy about it, and that’s just my opinion about the reasoning behind it.

Also, in that scenario, you can’t cover the slot. Putting McCloud over top of a slot is suicide. You have to play zone and mix up the coverage assignments. I saw quite a few Zone Blitz looks where we had a DE rotate to defend the flat.

When you can’t match personnel you gotta get creative. I’d rather be able to match personnel, and I’ll think we’ll do better this season.
 
Frierson, Ivey, Blades, Hall and Bethel are an absurdly talented DB class.


As much as I like Dean's potential, Gil is a natural. I expect he'll quickly leapfrog Dean and be the 3rd man in after Jackson and Bandy. If Hall comes back strong from injury, he'll be taking snaps away from Carter and Knowles. Those two are turnkey.
 
I think it would behoove us to crowdsource funds for Frank Gore to get banged and impregnate women ALL THE TIME. Ideally by really good female athletes.

In 100 years, the Canes football team could be exclusively Frank Gore's bloodline.
 
I think it would behoove us to crowdsource funds for Frank Gore to get banged and impregnate women ALL THE TIME. Ideally by really good female athletes.

In 100 years, the Canes football team could be exclusively Frank Gore's bloodline.


On that note there are several other names I'd like to add to that list.

Fk it. Maybe we can exhume some corpses and go all Jurassic Park in this btich!
 
On that note there are several other names I'd like to add to that list.

Fk it. Maybe we can exhume some corpses and go all Jurassic Park in this btich!

Cloning would be the easiest route to go. Can pretty much do that now.
 
Is it me or does Gil literally look kinda like the UGA logo on his jacket in this pic

 
Is it me or does Gil literally look kinda like the UGA logo on his jacket in this pic



That's racist and I fully expect HarrietScrubman to be in here shortly with some kind of rambling, incoherent rant directed squarely toward you my good sir!
 

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