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Quincy Roche

Preseason Scouting Notes: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami

Redshirt Senior | 6’4″ 235 lbs | Baltimore, MD | Feb 10, 1998

 

A well-rounded edge rusher who capitalizes on his intelligence, athleticism and intangibles

 

Overview:

Quincy Roche is a former 3-star recruit who received offers from only 3 FBS teams in 2016. After signing to Temple, he would take a redshirt year and go on to record 23 sacks, 6 forced fumbles and just under 40 tackles for a loss in his three seasons as an Owl. While at Temple, he earned a single digit number as well as the 2019 AAC Defensive Player of the Year award. As a graduate transfer, Roche is taking his talent to South Beach. Thus far, he has played with his hand in the dirt primarily, but had some stand up reps as well in the Owls 4-3, man heavy defense. At Miami he’ll likely play across from Gregory Rousseau in Blake Bakers’ 4-2-5.

Strengths:

– Hands are sudden and vicious at the POA
– Has a few killer go-to pass rush moves (bull, swim and speed rush specifically) that are followed up with savvy counters, creating an array of problems for opposing tackles
– Explosive first step and closing speed
– Fluid speed to power conversion
– Shows good play recognition as he reads the field, play and his direct opponent simultaneously
– Shows functional body contortion and lower body flexibility to bend around tackles
– Uses impressive length to create an advantage against OL as a pass rusher
– Wraps up ball carriers with substantial power and technique
– Impressive strength and focus to rip the ball away from ball carriers and QBs

Areas to improve:

– Looks and plays bigger than listed 235 pounds, but his weight raises some concerns for his NFL future
– Effort and motor can be inconsistent
– Leaves a bit to be desired when disengaging blocks
– Coverage ability is a massive question mark

Injury history:

– Undisclosed 2018 injury vs Buffalo (No games missed)

Projection:

Roche has all the intangibles, athleticism and football IQ that is required from a pass rusher, but might be limited at the next level due to his size. Only teams with a 3-4 scheme or a wide-9, 4-3 front will benefit from Roche’s full potential should he not pack on any more pounds. This projection could be turned on its head with an increase to his frame and an impressive performance at higher level of competition in the ACC. Quincy is expected to compete for a top edge rusher spot in the 2021 class and hear his named called on day one.

What to watch in 2020:

Can Roche translate his monster American Conference production to the ACC? Lining up across from Rousseau should free him of some potential double teams. And the combination of that pairing should create a lot of hype. Simply put, there are not many holes in Roche’s game but, he needs to prove that he can perform at a higher level as well as bulking up while retaining his explosiveness. With an important season hanging in the balance, games against Florida State, North Carolina and a revenge game against Temple will be fantastic watches.