2018 Season Countdown: #50 Donovan Jeter

2018 Season Countdown: #50 Donovan Jeter

July 13, 2018

Donovan Jeter (image via The Wolverine)

Name: Donovan Jeter
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 288 lbs.
High school: Beaver Falls (PA) Beaver Falls
Position: Defensive tackle
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #95
Last year: I ranked Jeter #76 and said he would be a backup defensive end (LINK). He redshirted.
TTB Rating: 78

Jeter earned quite a bit of hype going into last season as a potential contributor. He was playing some weakside end at one point, which never made a lot of sense to me. Regardless, his diet and the S&C program kicked in, and it turned out he was too big for weakside end. They moved him to 3-tech defensive tackle, and then he hurt his knee, anyway. So 2017 was a wash.

Jeter was expected to be a rotation player last year, so I expect him to be in that discussion this year, too. Michael Dwumfour is the expected starter at 3-tech, and Jeter is in the mix with Lawrence Marshall to back him up. Marshall is a fifth year senior who has to make an impact, while Jeter has higher upside. If he can stay healthy, I think Jeter will start taking more and more snaps away from Marshall throughout the season.

Prediction: Backup defensive tackle


  1. Painter Smurf
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    Painter Smurf
    Jul 15, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Think Jeter is a legit candidate for a breakout player, after getting injured and falling off the radar a bit. Really like his game and think that he is the type of kid who did not come in as a gym warrior and can see a bigger jump via quality S&C. Biggest challenge will be fighting for snaps with some really talented linemates.

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    Jul 19, 2018 at 12:46 AM

    Thunder, what are your thoughts now that Jeter has moved to NT? Wait til 2019?

    • Thunder
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      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Jul 19, 2018 at 8:52 AM

      Eh, it doesn’t change much. Those positions are interchangeable in some ways, and there’s a lot of rotation. I also don’t really trust Bryan Mone, even though he’s a fifth year senior. He seems to always be injured or out of shape.

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