Glen Stanley to Florida State May Leave Many Saying "Nigel Who?"
That's the word Mark Stoops used to describe the Seminoles new defensive scheme under his direction.
Now, some five months later, it would seem that the only multiple in Tallahassee is the number of questions people have about the newly-installed base defense, and whether there will be any kind of depth on the defensive depth chart, especially at linebacker.
With Nigel Carr likely gone for the season, or at least greatly reduced in rank among the options at strong-side linebacker due to his arrest for "multiple" indiscretions, Alexander would seemingly be in a class by himself. Should injury plague the linebacker corps to any degree, some frenzied shuffling would be in order—which may lead to "multiple" missed assignments throughout the season.
Sure, linebackers coach Greg Hudson has some new options with his new prized recruits of Jeff Luc and Christian Jones, but having high school talent compete immediately leaves room for lack of experience being exploited on the bigger stage.
So, with the Carr arrest, FSU now finds itself lacking depth at its most crucial defensive area.
Enter Glen Stanley.
Oh, I'm sorry. You must have been so busy reading page after page about the freakish O-line phenom, Seantrel Henderson from USC, over the last six months or so that you may have missed some of the other recruits USC picked up on their way to being one of the top classes in the country—Stanley being one of them.
Well, to give you some background on Stanley: A JUCO transfer from Eastern Arizona, Stanley had a brief stint at Bowling Green, citing family reasons for his departure after only one season in 2007. After sitting out the 2008 season at Eastern Arizona, he quickly became one of the best defensive JUCO players in the state, and was named All-Western State League First-Team with 59 tackles, 20 for a loss, and 11 sacks.
Upon finishing his 2009 season with two years of eligibility left, Stanley caught the attention of many schools, and for a brief spell considered UCF before receiving an offer from Lane Kiffin (while at Tennessee).
As a four-star recruit, Stanley had paid his dues at the JUCO level, making him a more attractive skill-player than many of the linebackers in the 2010 class. With Kiffin's departure to USC, Stanley kept his commitment and followed his head coach to Los Angeles to play for the Trojans.
Once the sanctions handed down by the NCAA for indiscretions stemming from the Reggie Bush scandal indicated that USC would be ineligible for postseason play for the next two seasons, Stanley was granted his release as a condition of the NCAA's sanctions.
As an Ocala, Florida native, Stanley, now a father, wanted to be closer to his family. With nearby UCF still willing to make an offer, along with South Florida, and even Florida, Stanley chose Florida State due in large part to his chances at being an immediate impact player on the field.
With USF short on room, Florida overcrowded at linebacker, and UCF less likely to compete for a conference championship this season, Tallahassee seemed like the perfect fit—especially now that FSU appears to be thin at the one position where Stanley could step right in.
So after "multiple" stops at several schools, and "multiple" Florida schools all seemingly a round hole for the square-peg player, Stanley is finally back in the Sunshine State where he belongs, and is already on the hunt for an apartment in Tallahassee.
It won't be long before he'll be suiting up for the 'Noles, and perhaps the next time you hear the name "Glen Stanley," you'll only remember that there were "multiple" reasons to remember him, and perhaps very few reasons to remember the guy he might replace—Nigel Carr.
As a final note, while Stanley ideally will fit right into the outside linebacker position, he did also play tight end and defensive end in his time in Eastern Arizona. So, perhaps Coach Stoops was thinking of "multiple" defenses all along.
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