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A Smothering Presence: How Israel Mukuama’s Size Could Lead To Big Things For The Gamecock Secondary

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AUGUST 16, 2019  by GC RAMEY | THESPURSUPSHOW

 

A Smothering Presence: How Israel Mukuama’s Size Could Lead To Big Things For The Gamecock Secondary

 

A quick google search sends a clear statistical message: defensive backs are typically much shorter than the receivers that they match up against.

With the average NFL receiver being noted as 6’2″, the comparative size of DB’s, at 5’11”, seems like quite the discrepancy. 

 

Despite this apparent limitation, talented secondary players continue to defy the odds and be productive.

 

It appears that the best of the best have a rabid combination of athleticism and sheer will to dominate their assignment. This might explain why size is seemingly irrelevant.

 

However, even so, one has to wonder if a little more height wouldn’t hurt. 

 

According to USA Today, 2018’s best defensive back was Greedy Williams of LSU.

 

If you watched any film of him, it is clear that the title is well deserved. Perhaps what helped him at the position the most, is also the one thing that sets him apart from the majority of other defensive backs: his height.

 

At six feet, two inches tall, Greedy Williams was rarely, if ever, the smaller guy in a match up.

 

Combine his natural size with smooth hip rotation and overall quickness, and you have a guy who can afford to play more than a little greedy. 

 

So, if a little extra height helped give way to the accolades and productivity that Greedy Williams secured in 2018, what would have been the result if he had been even taller, but with almost as much athleticism and quickness? 

 

Let me introduce you to the Gamecock’s own Israel Mukuamu.

 

 

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It is so wonderful to keep hearing about so many players like this. Our team is loaded with good players. The secondary, the linebackers, so many really good players on both sides of the line, and we know about all the offensive weapons we got. Can't wait for them to get a chance to show the rest of the world what we got. Time to give all the sports writers a wake-up call. We had a bad year last year because of the injuries but so many young players got the chance to play and they are going to really show out this year.

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