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By: Mike Rittelmann @MRitt9140, November 11, 2018

Joe Blue, OLB, Newberry College

5’10, 225 lbs

Pros:

  • Displays fluid hips for quick change of direction when in the open field
  • Explosive tackler, unlocks his hips when making tackle
  • Comfortable in coverage, does not seem lost or become impatient

Cons:

  • Undersized, needs to add good muscle to frame
  • Tends to over pursue plays at times, can play reckless
  • Can get engulfed by offensive lineman at times needs to have more consistent hand usage

2017

First Team All-SAC…First Team All-ECAC…Preseason First Team All-SAC

Started all 11 games at inside linebacker…Led team and was fifth in the SAC with 83 tackles…Finished second in the league with 54 solo stops…Had 11 tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, and a sack…Recovered two fumbles, forced one, and had two pass breakups…Fumble recovery in the end zone at Carson-Newman Sept. 23 led directly to scoring drive and catalyzed Newberry’s 15 unanswered points to close game…Career-high 14 tackles (11 solo) vs. Tusculum Oct. 14…At least one tackle for loss in seven different games, including three games with two…10 or more tackles three times.

2016

D2CCA Second Team All-Super Region 2…First Team All-SAC…First Team All-ECAC

Leads the team in tackles with 60… He assisted on 31… Ranks fifth in the conference in tackles per game (7.6)… Added 12 tackles in the defensive domination over Mars Hill (Oct 8.).