Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Herrera Coming On!

Of all the defensive stalwarts signed as part of the 2011 "Dream Team" few, if any, predicted that inside linebacker Amarlo Herrera would be making the biggest early impact. Herrera was ranked as a four star performer by both Scout and Rivals as a senior, ranking in the top 12 by both services at the inside linebacker position.


Herrera has been forced into duty after foot injuries sidelined starting middle linebackers Alec Ogletree and Christian Robinson. Amarlo, who drew the praise of coaches in fall camp, has more than held his own. As we mentioned last week in Tweet O' the Day Amarlo has been breaking barriers off  the field and now skulls on it. He has appeared in all four games, making two starts and really showing his development this past weekend in Oxford.

He finished second on the team Saturday with 6 tackles including 1.5 for loss. Amarlo also notched 4 stops in the blowout win against Coastal Carolina. Herrera possesses rare size for a freshman (6-2 231 lbs) and has good instincts, showing adequate speed and superior strength for a young player.

He has shown marked improvement in each game of his young career. The only question is will he continue to receive opportunities to showcase his abilities? Robinson could return this week against Miss. State and most think junior Mike Gilliard will slide over and start in place of Amarlo. In any case Herrera will remain in the rotation and receive heavy playing time, as Ogletree is not expected back until mid October at best.

2 comments:

  1. I expect Herrera to be another Tony Gilbert. In some ways we have profited from the injuries. Sanford Bound

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  2. Sorry, but I predicted Herrera would be a playa. One look at his HS photos and you could immediately tell he had the look of a stud inside backer. Amarlo is going to have a fantastic career at UGA.

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