2016 Season Countdown: #64 Juwann Bushell-Beatty

2016 Season Countdown: #64 Juwann Bushell-Beatty


July 8, 2016

Juwann Bushell-Beatty (image via Maize and Blue News)

Name: Juwann Bushell-Beatty
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 325 lbs.
High school: Paramus (NJ) Catholic
Position: Offensive tackle
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #76
Last year: I ranked Bushell-Beatty #82 and said he would be a backup offensive tackle (LINK). He played in four games.

Bushell-Beatty, who has had some weight issues early in his career, bulked up from 319 lbs. last season to 325 lbs. when the official roster was updated this spring. Last year he played in four games as a reserve. This spring he did not appear to be pushing for significant playing time, and in fact, the next best offensive tackle behind the starters appeared to be Nolan Ulizio. With Ulizio and a potentially college-ready Ben Bredeson on the roster this fall, I do not think Bushell-Beatty will be of great importance this fall.

Prediction: Backup offensive tackle

5 comments

  1. Avatar
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    je93
    Jul 08, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    We need Offensive Tackles, bad

  2. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Jul 08, 2016 at 12:57 PM

    The 2nd most-veteran OT on the roster should be a ranked much higher than this (with no other proven options available beyond starters). I would not read too much into the Spring practice stuff (i.e., Ulazio over JBB) nor would I assume that Bredenson is college ready (haven’t we just gone through this with Kalis and Kugler?).

    However, as with Kugler, the consistent multi-year lack of buzz around JBB and the coaching staff’s public invitation (plea?) for freshman OL to contribute are strong indictments against him. It’s hard to believe he’s ready to help in 2016, so I agree with this ranking.

    To be fair to JBB, it’s too soon to entirely write him off as a useful backup and potential starter in 2017 or 2018. But, if you’ve been on campus for 2.5 years and you’re sitting behind unexceptional starters, without so much as a peep of practice hype, and the getting snaps behind freshman, things do not look so good for your prospects of being a plus starter in even the most optimistic of scenarios.

    OL depth is a muddled mess. I’m hopeful for Dawson and one of the freshman (redshirt or true) to step up but it’s just blind hope and faith in numbers. The hopes for Kugler and JBB are down to flickering lights in the distance.

    Perhaps though, JBB can make a leap forward, play well in mop up duty, and give us reason to think he can fight for a starting job heading into next year.

    • Lanknows
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      Lanknows
      Jul 08, 2016 at 1:30 PM

      Actually surprised you moved him up from 82 to 64 given the only significant departure was Glasgow. I guess we lost Bars too though and with Cole moving to OC there is more relevance to any warm body who viably fits at OT.

      I think it says something about JBB that the coaching staff reportedly pushed hard to get Bars back (even though he never contributed much or pushed for playing time.)

    • Painter Smurf
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      Painter Smurf
      Jul 08, 2016 at 11:30 PM

      Forgive those of us who actually watch the spring scrimmages. they are not everything, but they will show you who does not belong on the field. JBB is one of those. He is not ranked higher because he does not look like a UM caliber OT. Won’t take long for some of the new OL to zip ahead.

      • Lanknows
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        Lanknows
        Jul 09, 2016 at 2:56 PM

        Yeah – I view spring stuff as mostly fools gold, so to speak. But in this case the spring stuff supports all the other evidence. Unfortunately, I agree with the ranking am not feeling optimistic about JBB.

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