SOUTHERLAND CLONES

ONE OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE CURRENT DAWGS, SENIOR BRANNAN “WHITESTUFF” SOUTHERLAND IS THE BEST FULLBACK IN THE COUNTRY. HE CATCHES THE BALL WELL; YOU CAN’T STOP THAT MAN WHEN WE NEED A YARD; HE THRIVES ON SMASHING HEAD FIRST INTO MIDDLE LINEBACKERS. YOU, TRUST ME ON THIS ONE, DO NOT WANT ANY PART OF HIS JOB. AND NOW: HE IS OUT SIXTEEN WEEKS WITH A SURGICALLY-REPAIRED FOOT. DO THE MATH. THAT’S WELL INTO THE SEASON. SO REDSHIRT SOPHOMORES FRED MUNZENMAIER AND SHAUN CHAPAS MUST STEP UP HUGE FOR US TO PRODUCE LIKE WE SHOULD. IT IS BEST THAT WE KNOW NOW NOT LATER – AND WE DO – THAT WE WILL BE WITHOUT BRANNAN’S SERVICES TO START THE SEASON, SO THAT COACH RICHT AND COMPANY MAY BETTER PREPARE THE YOUNG GUYS FOR BATTLE. AND MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, FULLBACK IS THE HEART OF THE BATTLE. THOSE TWO ARE SOUTHERLAND CLONES WE HOPE AND HAVE PLAYED WELL IN LIMITED MINUTES AND ON SPECIAL TEAMS…AND NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME THE SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON THEM. GET WELL, BRANNAN. WE WILL NEED YOU FOR THE STRETCH RUN.