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DARE ROSENTHAL (Sophomore)
FERRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL STATS:
Senior Year (as D-Lineman):
-5 QB HURRIES
-4 FR (2 RET. FOR TDs)
-BLOCKED FIELD GOAL
2019 STATS (as Left Tackle):
(3 Starts vs Utah State, Miss State, Northwestern State in place of suspended Shaadiq Charles)
-229 Total Snaps, including career high 92 vs Utah State
Although he left the school for personal reasons earlier this Spring, Rosenthal remains a stupifying beast at left tackle...and while only a sophomore, James Cregg is relying squarely on his NFL-ready frame, footwork and frenetic hands to protect starting debutant Myles Brennan....in what is definitely the most highly-pressurized season in LSU's history.
It doesn't get anymore intense than the left tackle and quarterback positions...and there'll never be a campaign with more pressure than 2020, defending the G.O.A.T team's title:
LSU's chances of repeating as National Champions, let alone emerging from the bludgeoning of the SEC West, depends completely upon our O-linemen's ability to protect Myles Brennan.
"Dare will be playing in the NFL one day we believe," Coach Ed Orgeron directed towards the assembled media during a press conference back in March. He then repeated the same statement over and over, talking about how excited James Cregg was over the kid.
Scary for SEC opponents: this 6'7, 314 pound leviathan isn't a gambit...he's a savage wonder on the left edge, his quick hands keeping the best defensive ends stuck in a holding pattern.
From our film study, Rosenthal looks impossible to get around, thanks to his girthy, massive infinity; equally, his deceptive quickness freezes & silences defensive ends easier than a Lakers crowd, handing Dare the edge on nearly every match-up....
We witnessed Rosenthal stalk block on the screen action, able to get up the field and clear space for yards after catch, one of the most difficult skills for an O-lineman to learn, let alone execute at his size.
We also watched his ability to block low against speedy ends, cutting their legs out from underneath their momentous weight, performing this "necessary ugly" block consistently in a legal fashion.
Additionally, Rosenthal remains a high quality pulling option, rolling from one side of the line to the other like a John Deere brand Lamborghini, leading the charge in the stretch plays or merely pulling off a convincing decoy on a counter.
Due to the ferocity of this ex-defensive lineman, we feel Rosenthal is ready to start every game in 2020, knowing any trick in the book coming his way and possessing the skill, athleticism and footwork to disavow the best ends in the country...if he performs to his optimum.
Dare will plow over many threats off the edge in protecting Myles Brennan, liquidating the faces of all edge rushers who prowl before his 6'7 314 pound hulkatude.
In sealing his place as the starting left tackle, Rosenthal's talents will greatly expand, the left tackle's physical conditioning will markedly improve and the offensive line's overall sense of chemistry will become far more solidified.
With Deculus on one side and Dare on the other, our 2020 line has the bookend magic to grab another Joe Moore Award...but topping last year's virtuoso group will require a seemless line.
While we're certain of Dare's talents, his influence on the line's overall cohesion is still to be seen, though we feel more than confident in James Cregg's coaching ability or Austin Deculus, Ed Ingram and Liam Shanahan's veteran leadership to trend upwards as the season beckons.
PROJECTIONS: Starting Left Tackle, impressive, All-SEC selection; courageous & outrageous, reliable and infallible: plays every competitive snap.
We'll be lucky if he stays for his junior year.
LONN PHILLIPS SULLIVAN
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