A handful of youngins saw their first action as Cats yesterday against Lafayette. Stoops said he expected some guys to come out of this 2015 class and make an impact, and they came up in a big way. 13 new guys made their NCS debut on Saturday. Four of the true and redshirt freshman even started the game. These players made the most impressive debuts in the season opener.
George Asafo-Adjei: He had an awfully impressive first game as the starting right tackle. Asafo-Adjei is a brute as a true freshman, and barring injury will be a four year starter for the Cats. He held his own in the box and contributed to the offenses success in the first half with pretty good blocking. At 6’5″, 315 lbs, Big George plays the part of a developed SEC player with his strength. He will only get better with more reps as a starter.
Chris Westry: As a true freshman he was targeted on the first play of the game on a deep ball, a smart move by the UL Lafayette coach. At 6’4″ he is big enough to defend taller receivers. Westry had three and a half tackles in his debut as a Cat and did a solid job covering.
Denzil Ware: He stepped up with the absences of Flannigan and Hatcher in the starting line-up. Ware had six tackles, one for loss, and played an outstanding game. He’ll be an asset on defense this year alongside Hatcher and Flannigan.
Sihiem King: He had 67 yards on three kickoff returns. I really like King as our return guy alongside JD Harmon. They both had at least returns of over 35 yards yesterday and King showed he is an explosive athlete. I don’t know if he’ll see any minutes due to injury at tailback, but for now he’ll get to make some big plays on special teams.