July 3, 2014
No. 30: Bradley
|BM rank ||AD rank ||JGT rank |
|32 ||28 ||25 |
Ben Bradley's first varsity season was just so-so.
That's shouldn't be a condemntation.
Bradley arrived in 2013 after two strong seasons at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, where he became a four-star prospect. He showed some of the skills that made him so good in Kansas -- quickness and consistency. What he lacked was technique. Bradley played too high, which allowed blockers to reposition him too easily, and he was just learning to coordinate moves with what each particular situation demanded from him.
Nobody in college football is better at teaching those things than Rodney Garner, who appreciates Bradley's respectful attitude and approach. Bradley improved during spring ball and played with better pad level. Considering the depth issues at end (injuries to both Carl Lawson and Ladarius Owens) and how Garner may need to pilfer from tackle to create replacements at end (Gabe Wright and Montravius Adams), the situation at tackle could be wide open. That's an ideal position for Bradley, who now has a full season of development under his belt. He's as ready as he'll ever be.
- Jay G. Tate
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