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Man in the Middle?

Who is the man in the middle?
Scott Mckillop was a First-team All American middle linebacker last season and one of the leading tacklers in the country. But he has graduated and has just completed his rookie season with the 49ers meaning, the Panthers have a huge hole to fill in the middle of their defense. And, while there are some players to choose from, the fact that Mckillop never missed a game and rarely sat out a play means there are not any experienced players ready to step in. The leading candidate was fifth-year senior Adam Gunn, and he did a tremendous job for the Panthers this season with his talent and leadership. There are a few options for this upcoming year, but it is clearly a position which needs to be addressed soon. I like what I saw in Freshman Dan Mason, a 4 star recruit out of Penn Hills. Look for him to be a big asset in his sophmore year. He has the size and speed to be the starter. If he works on his coverage skills, he will be an All-American in the waiting. The Panthers are also going to have newly recruited Derrick Burns, and Shane Gordon who will also be a sophmore next year. The Panthers have the recruits and talent. It will just be a waiting game until camp breaks.

Scott Stangl

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