Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Football: Some Needed Good News

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It's official - Omar Billy has been granted a 5th year of eligibility by the NCAA. This all stems from the fact that he did not play his freshman season but his redshirt paperwork was not submitted properly. He had already been turned down twice, so this time comes as a surprise - a pleasant one........ In the picture you see Omar on the left. That's Mansfield Wrotto in the middle and Avery Roberson on the right................ For those that don't know, Omar was slated to be the starting DT in our nickel package, but was replaced by Daryl Richard after an elbow injury......... Here are more pics of Omar...... and a few more.....

Here is his bio:

AT TECH: Reserve defensive tackle who played in six games in 2004, including Tech's victory over Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl, played in his hometown of Orlando, Fla. . . . Made one tackle in the season opener against Samford . . . Saw action in four games in 2003 . . . Had a sack and a forced fumble against Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl . . . Played in two games in 2002, seeing action against Vanderbilt and Connecticut . . . Did not play in any games in 2001.

HIGH SCHOOL: First-team all-state by the Florida Times Union . . . First-team all-Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel . . . Tabbed to Bill Buchalter's Dandy Dozen . . . Orange County Defensive Player of the Year . . . Collected 62 solo tackles and 47 assists with seven sacks and four fumble recoveries at Colonial High . . . The No. 13 defensive lineman in Florida by SuperPrep . . . All-Southeast Region by Prep Star.

PERSONAL: Omar Billy . . . Mother is Ertha Billy . . . Born July 30, 1983 . . . Majoring in History, Technology and Society.

Evidently Omar is known as one of the stronger players on the team. Hopefully he is past his injuries and can finally show the Jackets and himself what he is capable of......................

Now, there is some other interesting news, if you read that Macon Telegraph article. Mansfield Wrotto is being moved back to the defensive line. If you know Chan Gaily, then you know that defense comes first. If the OC and the DC are fighting over a recruit (which side of the ball he will play), the defense always wins. Well, looks like Tenuta took advantage. In addition, Joe Anoai will be 100% healthy. That means a general sigh of relief for the defense, although the loss of Wrotte certainly puts the focus back on the offensive line. I hate to put it this way, but the OL could very well be the weak link on the team. So goes the OL, so go the Jackets. Even more so that Reggie Ball I would say, although he's close on the list.....