Player Evaluation: Terion Sugick

Class of 2021 recruit Terion Sugick plays defensive tackle for National Christian Academy. At around 6’2” 287 lbs. Terion Sugick is a solidly built interior lineman that will look to be a disruptive force on the interior his defense. A player that if he puts together a strong senior campaign will cement himself as a […]

Class of 2021 recruit Terion Sugick plays defensive tackle for National Christian Academy. At around 6’2” 287 lbs. Terion Sugick is a solidly built interior lineman that will look to be a disruptive force on the interior his defense. A player that if he puts together a strong senior campaign will cement himself as a prospect worth recruiting on a local and national level. Which is why this piece will look to analyze Terion Sugick game as a defensive tackle. Highlighting strengths and weaknesses, while depicting the skillset he brings to the table at his position.

The main strengths that Sugick displays in his game are his quickness, physical strength, and his play of the run. In terms of his quickness this is quickness in terms of his ability to get off the ball and shoot gaps up front. The 3-star recruit per Rivals.com, shows tremendous get off when coming out of his stance. Anticipating the snap at times very well and jumping out of his set position to engage swiftly. This quickness allows him to be first to engage his matchup and set the tone for the battle up front. As far as his ability to shoot gaps his quickness off the snap allows him to get an advantage and generate penetration. This helps him get into the backfield to blow up a handoff in run defense, while also creating pressure on the passer. Plus, his football knowledge is shown along with his physical tools, reading a play effectively and then decisively shooting a hole to make a play in the backfield. Sugick strength is an important key to him being affective at his position. As his physical strength allows him to be able to overpower opposing lineman in one on one situations. This strength also makes him able to take on multiple blockers in run defense to free up space for his teammates to make plays on the ball carrier. Sugick as he continues to develop physically will only grow stronger and become even more of a force on the interior of a defense. Then finally his strength in playing the run on defense combines the two previous strengths of his game together. His power and strength make him a tough block for opponents up front. While his quickness and quality reads as a run defender make him able to find the ball consistently and be around it a lot. He can blow up plays before they start, and ultimately disrupt the flow of a whole play due to his penetration. Terion Sugick strengths as a player compliment the position he plays well. Plus, with more opportunities to get reps this coming season his impact will be felt more.

As far as, the parts of his game he can continue develop they’re two main skills. One being implementing more hand usage in his rushes, the other becoming more agile and athleticism as a lineman. The hand usage part of his game just calls for him to use his hands more to elude or discard opposing offensive lineman. This will allow him to create more penetration up front from the interior of the defense. Along with being able to avoid being pushed up into the wash and made a non-factor on the few plays this happens. Adding and utilizing this technical skill in his repertoire to grow his impact on the game overall. For his agility and athleticism this will come with more offseason work. As he is sturdily built and moves well for a player of his size. If can get nimbler in his footwork and become even more flexible at his position he will become more elusive on the interior. As this will make him more flexible, giving him the bend to duck up under or swing around opponents to create negative plays. Overall, these minor tweaks to his game will help him become more of a force up front than he already is. Sugick has garnered interest from many college programs such as Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and Boston College. Terion Sugick has the tools to become a real player at the interior defensive lineman position. A player that with a strong season this coming campaign will increase his current total of 17 offers significantly.

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