Falcons vs Saints: Who was the defensive player of the game?

 Let’s be honest. This is really more of a “choose who sucked less” type of poll
than it is a “hey that guy was pretty good” kind of poll. So be it. The defense
gave up 14 billion points en route to a disappointing loss and yet another
potential devastating loss of a starter. Here are your candidates for the least
offensive defensive player.Ricardo AllenWith Ricardo potentially being out for
significant time Youth
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, this one hurts. He was having a decent game,
especially when you consider that he was asked to play in the box more than he’s
used to. More than anything, his veteran leadership on the field was felt the
moment he wasn’t on it anymore. Let’s hope and pray his injury isn’t season
ending.Duke RileyA week after getting gashed by the Panthers, Riley did a much
better job of settling down in this game. He wasn’t perfect, but the progress
from the last game to this one was noticeable. If he can continue to improve
like this, he could go from liability to capable starter in a short period of
time.Damontae KazeeKazee has shown flashes of being an amazing, instinctive
player even if he is prone to whiff on tackles here and there. He clearly has a
nose for finding the football, though he needs to clean up once he gets there.
If this defense is going to avoid being the worst in the league, Kazee will need
to be one of the guys to step up big time.Random guy on the benchLet’s be
honest: giving up nearly 50 points and missing tackles like you’re in a pee wee
league was frustrating. In fact, it was so bad at times that a random guy on the
bench looked like a better option. Seriously. Who is your pick? Let us know
below: Recent happenings in the state (Early November)Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas
Aquinas DL Braylen Ingraham committed to Alabama over Miami. The Tide could be
primed to make a major run in the state. 19 of the state’s 42 four- and
five-star recruits are uncommitted.It’s flip season, and that is especially true
in Florida. Rumors have Alabama trying to flip Ohio State safety commit Jordan
Battle, and FSU commit Akeem Dent. Florida is trying to flip FSU commit Quashon
Fuller. The following players are no longer rated as four-stars: WR T.J. Jones,
DB Breion Fuller, DB Briton Allen, DB Tyler Scott. OriginalFlorida is the most
talented state in the nation. The recruiting battles in the Sunshine State are
fierce, because who wins and loses them often helps decide conference and
national titles. In the last 35 seasons, 11 of college football’s national
titles have been won by schools in Florida. Eight more have come via schools in
the two states bordering Florida. I live in Florida and have covered the state
for over a decade. In this space, I’ll chronicle who is doing the best, what I’m
hearing, and some trends to monitor. The Florida Blue
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players from out-of-state are excluded (see explanation below)Why out-of-state
IMG recruits are excludedFor the purposes of determining which schools are
recruiting the state the best, I am excluding players from IMG Academy who are
not from Florida. A move to IMG Academy is different than other moves. Because
it is a boarding school, kids are coming to the school for the purpose of
football, not because their family just moved to town. There is nothing tying
them to the state. We know that a large majority of players who transfer to IMG
from out-of-state return to their home region. By excluding these players, who
make up about five of the state’s top-50 in a given year Black
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, a clearer picture of the schools
recruiting true Florida kids, both in culture and roots, can be attained. For
2018, these players are DE Nolan Smith (Georgia commit from Atlanta), RB Noah
Cain (uncommitted from Denton, TX), WR Josh Delgado (Oregon commit from
Bellflower, CA), and WR Shamar Nash (Arkansas commit from Memphis). Related:
Florida linebacker commit Diwun Black has moved from Mississippi to Kissimmeee
(Fla.) Osceola. He’ll be focusing on his grades and not playing football,
according to multiple reports. He was committed to UF before moving. Florida
State and Miami lead the wayThe Miami Hurricanes and Florida State Seminoles are
way out in front with a combined 15 of the state’s top 40 players as ranked by
the 247Sports Composite. FSU has eight, while the Hurricanes have seven. FSU’s
class is led by five-star DB Akeem Dent and four-star guard Dontae Lucas.
Miami’s class is headlined by four-star receiver Jeremiah Payton and four-star
linebacker Anthony Solomon. I am also a huge fan of Miami linebacker Avery Huff,
who is an athletic freak and just scratching the surface of his potential.
Florida has some ground to make up, and it canThe Gators have just one committed
in the state who are rated four- or five-stars (though two if you count Diwun
Black, as explained in the note above). The Gators are in good position with a
number of good players, though, and will be fine. Still, I am confident that
Florida’s in-state recruiting will improve. FSU and Miami will not each sign 4X
the number of blue-chips in the state as the Gators. Clemson and Ohio State are
the top out-of-state recruiters in Florida, but watch out for Alabama.Clemson
has five-star receiver Frank Ladson and four-star running back Chez Melussi.
Ladson is an elite deep threat. Ohio State has a commitment from four-star
safety Jordan Battle, who is one of my favorite players in the nation.It
shouldn’t be surprising that these two programs are doing so well with Florida
recruits. Clemson has done well in the Sunshine State for a decade plus. Dabo
Swinney is still well known for securing the commitment of C.J. Spiller in the
2006 class. Urban Meyer and Director of Player Personnel Mark Pantoni still have
great connections in the state from their 2005-10 tenure with the Florida
Gators.Alabama, though, could finish as the top OoS recruiter.Where the elite
uncommitted kids might go?Note: Not all four- and five-star players will be
discussed here. Some have been intentionally left off because the offers they
frequently mention are not actual options for them, per people with knowledge of
the programs mentioned. The Hurricanes are battling for Evan Neal, Khris Bogle,
Tyrique Stevenson Youth Matt
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, Mark-Antony Richards, Keon Zipperer, Kenny McIntosh,
Lloyd Summerall, and maybe NayQuan Wright. Neal is from Okeechobee and his mom
would like him to stay close to home. Richards and McIntosh’s brothers starred
for the 2017 Hurricanes. Keeping Bogle and Stevenson in South Florida would be
big wins for Miami, though both are big fans of out-of-state schools as
well.Florida State is pursuing Will Putnam, Tyler Davis, and Raymond Woodie III.
The Seminoles are also involved with Evan Neal. Woodie III is the son of FSU
linebackers coach Raymond Woodie Jr. Neal would likely come in and start Day 1
for Florida State since the Seminoles’ tackle position is such a mess, but most
think FSU is running third behind Alabama and Miami. The Gators are in position
with Kaiir Elam, Trey Sanders, Lloyd Summerall, Deyavie Hammond, Nayquan Wright,
and Keon Zipperer. Elam’s father played for coach Dan Mullen for a time at Notre
Dame. The Gators took Sanders’ brother Ulmstead as a walk-on linebacker.
Summerall is being recruited for the 3-4 defense, which helps the Gators stand
out against Miami and FSU, who run the 4-3. And Florida is trying to flip FSU
commitment Quashon Fuller, who has been very open about checking out all of his
options, though he did not show up to UF’s “Friday Night Lights” camp. I think
the Gators can sweep the trio of Summerall, Hammons, and Zipperer, from Lakeland
High, which is a traditional UF stronghold. Georgia Bulldogs fans should focus
on Tyrique Stevenson.The Alabama Crimson Tide has a strong shot to regain
commitments from two former commitments in Trey Sanders and Evan Neal. Both
visited Tuscaloosa in June. They could also flip Ohio State’s Jordan Battle.
Clemson remains involved with Will Putnam and Tyler Davis. A sweep would be a
blow to rival FSU.Expect some changes to the rankingsI know for a fact that some
of these players rated four-stars are not seen as such by major college
programs, and that some recruits lower down in the rankings are more highly
thought of. It wouldn’t surprise me to see a 20 percent of the four- and
five-star list change over the next few months. Rankings via the 247Sports
Composite.
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