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Pete Carroll talking up third-year linebacker Korey Toomer

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has never been shy dumping praise upon players under his command.

The latest player to draw Carroll’s platitudes is third-year linebacker Korey Toomer.

Toomer has yet to appear in a regular season game for Seattle in his first two years with the team and missed all of last season due to injury. However, Carroll has singled out Toomer’s performance as one of the highlights of their offseason program.

“He probably has been the brightest guy of the whole camp. Jumped up the most,” Carroll said. “His speed is obvious. He no longer is a rook; not understanding. He’s studied really hard, he’s worked hard. In the offseasons he’s watched so much, he practices just like the guys that are playing all the time. He looks like he can compete with all those guys. He’s in good shape to compete.”

Toomer was a fifth-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2012 out of the University of Idaho. Toomer was a bit of a raw prospect for Seattle when they selected him and was ultimately released during final cuts and added to the team’s practice squad for his rookie season. He’s managed just five tackles in four preseason games in his first two years with the team.

Carroll had spoke highly of the progress Toomer had made at the end of mini-camp last summer. However, Toomer suffered a knee injury while working out on his own prior to the start of training camp and spent the entire season on the non-football injury list. With his health back in order, Toomer is once again making an impression for the Seahawks at strongside linebacker.

Toomer is also getting increased opportunities with starter Bruce Irvin (hip) and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith (ankle) sidelined with injuries.

“We’ve all been impressed with his knowledge of what’s going and the expectations of it,” Carroll said. “His effort and the way he’s flying around on the field, it shows that he’s been really involved (mentally) when he hasn’t been able to. He’s gained ground and he’s giving himself a tremendous chance to make the team.”

Carroll’s talent for finding and developing capable linebackers has been stellar with Seattle. Irvin, Smith, K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner have all been drafted by Carroll over the last four years and all have developed into solid players. Toomer could be the next member of the group to take a step forward for the Seahawks.

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15 Responses to “Pete Carroll talking up third-year linebacker Korey Toomer”
  1. sonofsamadams says: Jun 10, 2014 11:33 PM

    Call me when he’s wearing pads and the hitting starts. Until then this is all wishful thinking.

  2. vinhdro says: Jun 10, 2014 11:56 PM

    shout out to coach Norton. Toomer has a chance to learn from one of the best teacher.

  3. seadawgs72 says: Jun 10, 2014 11:58 PM

    Next man up. Can’t wait to see for myself. Love the Vandals as i live only about a half hour away from campus & Wazzu is only 7 miles from U of I’s campus. Both of those college teams have been hard to watch for the last decade or so but i always follow their few bright spots that make it in the NFL. Mike Iupatti is a prefect example from Idaho. I would like to mention i believe Mike Leach has Wazzu moving in the right direction.

  4. palatypus says: Jun 11, 2014 12:00 AM

    It’s getting crowded back there.

  5. pacificnw7722 says: Jun 11, 2014 12:15 AM

    Korey Toomer is a flat out bad ass, watch and see this season.

    #GOHAWKS!!!!

  6. donnymacjack says: Jun 11, 2014 12:16 AM

    The more you learn about this kid the more you root for him. I hope he makes the 53 and is a solid contributor.

  7. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 11, 2014 1:06 AM

    The well-dressed Korey Toomer.

  8. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 11, 2014 1:06 AM

    It’s not a Toomer!

  9. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Jun 11, 2014 2:24 AM

    Toomer has looked good in preseason action. With only the exception of Whitehurst, Pete and John have come up all aces in talent evaluation.

  10. floratiotime says: Jun 11, 2014 6:26 AM

    Sounds like Pete talked him into taking the PEDs.

  11. chinookfan says: Jun 11, 2014 7:07 AM

    Next up!

  12. hawkforlife says: Jun 11, 2014 11:38 AM

    It’s not a Toomer!

    Great!

  13. omeimontis says: Jun 11, 2014 11:42 AM

    Carroll is hoping this guy will step up because both K.J. Wright and Malcolm Smith are eligible to be free agents after 2014 and will likely command salaries in the 4-5 million dollar range. One or both of them may leave as free agents. It is one thing developing talent. It is another trying to keep them once they are developed.

  14. rick359 says: Jun 11, 2014 12:43 PM

    Seahawks/Pete Carroll are so good at grooming new players, the future is bright for this team!

    Go Hawks!!

  15. kuranda84 says: Jun 11, 2014 4:08 PM

    Irvin better step up his game even more this season. Folks are nipping at his heels.

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