Cameron Seldon 2024 season

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I think it’s a huge ask for a freshman RB in Heups system to perform at an SEC level mainly because of blocking schemes. Hope I’m wrong and they all grasp their blocking assignments immediately. But that’s what usually keeps the freshmen off the field in a complicated offense.
 
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The last I remember hearing is that Lewis should be ready by fall camp, and that Seldon should be ready by mid to late September. Still, no one knows that they'll be full go until they are full go. Still, I think they should have taken a portal RB even with these promising ready dates. It's why most of us carry auto and home insurance.

Keith is a Soph. He only rushed 11 times for a total of 25 yards, but played in 12 games mostly on special teams. Bishop is a Redshirt Freshman. He was injured all last season.
 
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The last I remember hearing is that Lewis should be ready by fall camp, and that Seldon should be ready by mid to late September. Still, no one knows that they'll be full go until they are full go. Still, I think they should have taken a portal RB even with these promising ready dates. It's why most of us carry auto and home insurance.

Keith is a Soph. He only rushed 11 times for a total of 25 yards, but played in 12 games mostly on special teams. Bishop is a Redshirt Freshman. He was injured all last season.
May be a crazy idea, but I could see Boo filling in at RB if we’re short there. JMO
 
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Any updates here? Lewis had surgery in January correct? Seldon was very late March so he will have had 5 months of recovery time prior to Chattanooga, while Lewis will be nearly 8 months post op.
 
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Last I heard was that he is out until Mid-late October. Maybe we could only use him for 4 regular season games and have him redshirt, or get him ready for a CFP push if we manage to get in. All I know is that we’re going to better w/ him than w/o him

Seldon should be a key part of the 2026 offense.
 
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My view on the rb situation is they feel okay with who they have and their banking on guys recovering on schedule.Now saying that ur runnjng a huge risk cause nothing is guranteed.Lets say they get healthy in the nick of time.They still missed camp qll of summer etc.Idc who u are conditioning is critcal and the sec is a mo****ker.So between that and if guys press those deadlines due to neccessity and lavk of bodies you could reinjure make things worse.

Im still of the belief Lyn J Dixon spooked coach cause someone missed the mark with him and he had to be cut days after signing.Ttust me Heupel aint forget ao maybe they had a few guys in the portal they liked and may have brung in but with what u have and the previous issue at rb he may have said thanks but no thanks lets roll the dice wirh what we have..Will see if it pays off or not but Heupel may have to come in and pass/run block cause injury or not all them dudes suck at it lmao...
 
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Heup obviously didn’t find anyone that fit his culture after spring. He basically stated as much in an interview. It may have been one of the Big Orange Caravan Q&A sessions.
No one we wanted to come here, was willing to come here. We had some interest in some guys who went elsewhere. To your point though, rather than settle for someone who didn't fit our culture we just didn't take anyone.
 
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My view on the rb situation is they feel okay with who they have and their banking on guys recovering on schedule.Now saying that ur runnjng a huge risk cause nothing is guranteed.Lets say they get healthy in the nick of time.They still missed camp qll of summer etc.Idc who u are conditioning is critcal and the sec is a mo****ker.So between that and if guys press those deadlines due to neccessity and lavk of bodies you could reinjure make things worse.

Im still of the belief Lyn J Dixon spooked coach cause someone missed the mark with him and he had to be cut days after signing.Ttust me Heupel aint forget ao maybe they had a few guys in the portal they liked and may have brung in but with what u have and the previous issue at rb he may have said thanks but no thanks lets roll the dice wirh what we have..Will see if it pays off or not but Heupel may have to come in and pass/run block cause injury or not all them dudes suck at it lmao...
Ive seen a lot of silly theories on this board, but suggesting Heupel was “spooked” out of looking for a RB in the portal because of Lynn-J Dixon might take the cake for silliest. You don’t actually believe this do you?
 
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His Uncle informed today that Cam will be back by NC State but was told they may wait till the week after to get him back into the games GBO🍊🍊🍊
Physically, he might be ready, but the question is his mental state. Coming back from an injury like that makes a runner hesitant. How long will it take him to have full faith in his health and he runs without thinking about every little bit of soreness? Might be mid season before he really trusts it and runs free again.
 
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All of these guys can run, but can they pass protect? That is what kept Sampson off the field. The other 2 were much better at pass protection. Whoever picks up pass protection the best will play the most.
Jabari Small was a sophomore in 2021 when he became the #1 back because he was a good blocker, but really understood his responsibility in the backfield on passing plays. So a young guy can stand out quickly as a pass-blocking RB in the Heupel offense.

I do worry that Sampson will be #1 back, carry a lot of load for a smaller back, and has not been the best pass blocker, though last season he was much improved. It could make for tough decisions because substitutions are at a minimum in the offense. I worry about Sampson being good for 6-7 plays without a breather. Wright was challenged to do it against better teams.

Small could do it. He was really banged up last season, but was solid in 21 and 22. Wright could do it, especially after he really worked hard to improve his blocking.
 
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Any updates here? Lewis had surgery in January correct? Seldon was very late March so he will have had 5 months of recovery time prior to Chattanooga, while Lewis will be nearly 8 months post op.
Lewis is supposed to be fine for fall practice. Cam is supposed to be ready by NC State or the following week.

If Tennessee has to play NC State without Cam, that’s fine. Having all hands on deck as the season wears on is the concern and it looks like we’ll have that. That’s why Heupel didn’t get a transfer. That, and what transfer is going want to come in to be Sampson’s backup for 1 or 2 games, then go to 3rd string after that?
 
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Jabari Small was a sophomore in 2021 when he became the #1 back because he was a good blocker, but really understood his responsibility in the backfield on passing plays. So a young guy can stand out quickly as a pass-blocking RB in the Heupel offense.

I do worry that Sampson will be #1 back, carry a lot of load for a smaller back, and has not been the best pass blocker, though last season he was much improved. It could make for tough decisions because substitutions are at a minimum in the offense. I worry about Sampson being good for 6-7 plays without a breather. Wright was challenged to do it against better teams.

Small could do it. He was really banged up last season, but was solid in 21 and 22. Wright could do it, especially after he really worked hard to improve his blocking.
Sampson running style is less taxing than j wright… j wright ran with a lot of effort each and every play and tapped on almost every long drive… samp runs easy like AK and was able to finish a lot of games and drives without tapping… I think he can handle tho rb1 responsibility and hope he stays healthy all year… I’m also a lot higher on bishop than most on this board and I think he is a big reason heup didn’t force a portal back… he dominated 5/6a ball in Tennessee for multiple years he has some talent and will be in space a bunch in this system… don’t sleep on the homegrown kid running with a little chip on his shoulder.
 
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