Thursday, March 08, 2007

Spring ball is here!

Some highlights from Randy Edsall's media teleconference this morning to preview spring practice.
  • Immanuel Hutcherson, Donta Moore and Dahna Deleston are no longer in school. Edsall alluded that all three were academically dismissed by the university. "It's not football-related, it's not a legal issue," Edsall said. "The number one reason why they're here in school is to get an education."

  • Anthony Barksdale and Johnathan Smith are both transferring.

  • Keith Gray will not participate in spring contact drills. Dan Davis, now a defensive tackle, had minor surgery and may not be available to practice. Ryan Henegan will miss at least Tuesday's first practice because of mononucleosis. Brandon Dillon could be slowed with a hamstring injury.

  • Don't expect to hear much from Edsall regarding the progress of his three quarterbacks this spring. "We'll have three guys getting as many reps as we can get them, and we'll see where they're at at the end of spring," Edsall said. "It's not something I'll probably comment about after each practice or every week. Throughout the spring they'll be evaluated and we'll make a decision based on where they're at at the end of 34 days from a physical standpoint, what we see on the field and what we see in the classroom."

  • Some interesting battles based on the spring depth chart could be shaping up, where several positions have multiple starters listed. Among those to watch, aside from quarterback, are at strong-side linebacker (Greg Robinson and Scott Lutrus), left tackle (William Beatty and Dan Ryan), right tackle (Mike Hicks and Zach Hurd) and free safety (Robert Vaughn, Glen Mourning and Corey Stringer). Donnell Ford and Aaron Bagsby will also share reps at strong safety, as will Rob Lunn and Brandon Dillon at defensive tackle and Donald Thomas and Alex LaMagdelaine at right guard.

  • Trey Tonsing, starting center in 2005, has returned to the team and is listed as backup to Gray. But since Gray won't be participating in contact drills, Tonsing will have every opportunity to show Edsall he's improved.

  • Kicking practice should be rather intimate this spring. Punter Desi Cullen and kicker Tony Ciaravino are the only kickers on the roster.


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