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May 12, 2009

Whips and rovers in good shape heading into the fall

By: Jimmy Robertson


Whip linebackers

26 Cody Grimm (5-11, 202, r-Sr.)

43 Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (6-2, 206, r-Fr.)

28 Alonzo Tweedy (6-2, 181, r-Fr.)


24 Dorian Porch (5-11, 212, r-Sr.)

2 Davon Morgan (6-0, 196, Jr.)

23 Matt Reidy (6-0, 210, r-Sr.)

Aside from the tight end position, the whip linebacker and rover positions may be the deepest on the Tech team. After all, those two spots feature players with plenty of talent and experience.

Coming out of spring, Cody Grimm stood atop the depth chart at whip linebacker. Grimm enjoyed a terrific season this past fall and that carried over to this spring. Once August rolls around, he and Cam Martin will push each other at the position like last year.

Martin missed spring practice while recovering from knee surgery, and because of that, was not listed on the depth chart.

“Cody did very well this spring,” whips and rovers coach Jim Cavanaugh said. “He’s just a good, solid player. He has a great sense of timing and he just understands the game.”

Cavanaugh also liked what he saw out of his two freshmen at whip linebacker – Jeron Gouveia-Winslow and Alonzo Tweedy. Both got a lot of reps and showed flashes of being solid players down the road.

Jeron Gouveia-Winslow

“Jeron’s greatest asset is his head,” Cavanaugh said. “He rarely makes the same mistake twice. He has to be a better tackler, though. He’s not strong enough right now.

“Alonzo is a bit of a train wreck. But he can run and he can hit. To be honest, he’s farther along than I thought he’d be.”

At rover, Dorian Porch came out of spring in the top spot. Davon Morgan, who tore his ACL last fall, practiced, but is still not quite 100 percent.

“Dorian is a solid player,” Cavanaugh said. “I have no complaints with him. Now, it’s imperative that he has a good summer.

“Davon was dragging his leg some, but I’ll give him credit. He wasn’t supposed to be ready for any contact, and yet he did everything. That speaks well for him.”

The third rover is Matt Reidy, who is valuable for depth purposes and for his contributions on special teams.