Published August 13, 2012 - 3:30pm
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SDS is going to be looking at all 14 teams’ comeback players: one on offense and one on defense. These players were either injured or had an underachieving season in 2011 and looking to get back on track.
Offense: WR Trovon Reed
Trovon Reed has so much potential to breakout in 2012. He’s finally healthy and put on some much-needed weight to help with his durability. Reed has been hampered by injuries for the first two years on campus for the Tigers, and I really think it’s his time to bust out of his shell. He’s been virtually absent after being declared by many as an instant-impact freshman. Reed only caught 21 passes for 164 yards and no touchdowns last year. He was arrested this off-season for failing to appear in court. Wide receiver coach Trooper Taylor thinks this could be Reed’s year. He would be a nice No. 3 option to an already gifted receiving corps featuring Emory Blake and Travante Stallworth.
Defense: DE LaDarius Owens
LaDarius Owns returned last year for the Chick-fil-A Bowl after suffering a stress fracture in his foot that sidelined him for five games. He’s not Corey Lemonier or Nosa Eguae, but he’s an impact player who can play multiple positions for the Tigers’ defense. Last year, he played defensive end, tackle and linebacker. Owens probably has a better future at linebacker, but we’ll see how new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder uses him in his new defense. After an off-season of development, look for Owens to bounce back rather nicely and have a big impact on the defense this season.