Spring Game Answers
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Spring Game Answers
The media has limited access now with the football program so it was good to see some players in an extended evaluation period at Saturday's spring game.
Today I wanted to look at some questions we got answered from Saturday. Tomorrow I will take a look at some areas where there are still questions. Wednesday I will get into the situation that has risen with
Chad KellyChad Kelly
RS So. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
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Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
#18 6-4, 205
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Coming into the spring the running back depth chart had
D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Sr. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
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Jr. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
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RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 195
View Full Profile and C.J. DavidsonC.J. Davidson
RS Jr. Running Back
#32 5-11, 185
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Charone PeakeCharone Peake
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
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So. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 205
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Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 180
Tarpon Springs, FL
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The tight ends are going to be a big part of the passing game.
Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
So. Tight End
#16 6-6, 235
View Full Profile , Stanton Sekinger and Jay Jay McCulloughJay Jay McCullough
RS So. Tight End
#89 6-3, 230
Fort Mill, SC
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The interior offensive line held up pretty well considering they split the teams. Also consider
Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS Jr. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 270
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On defense I saw a lot of depth and very good tackling. The front four were dominant but the touch rule on quarterbacks helped increase the sack total to 14.
Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
RS Sr. Defensive End
#9 6-3, 270
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RS Sr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
View Full Profile , Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Sr. Defensive End
#93 6-5, 270
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So. Defensive End
#90 6-4, 260
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Depth at defensive tackle includes
Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#50 6-1, 290
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Sr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 285
View Full Profile , D.J. ReaderD.J. Reader
Jr. Defensive Tackle
#48 6-2, 335
View Full Profile , Josh WatsonJosh Watson
RS Sr. Defensive Tackle
#91 6-4, 285
View Full Profile and Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
RS So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
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At linebacker the situation is also encouraging.
Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
#42 6-2, 235
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#7 6-0, 235
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So. Outside Linebacker
#10 6-1, 230
View Full Profile . I was also encouraged with T.J. BurrellT.J. Burrell
RS So. Linebacker
#41 5-11, 215
Goose Creek, SC
View Full Profile and Dorian O'DanielDorian O'Daniel
RS Fr. Linebacker
#6 6-1, 205
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Jr. Defensive Back
#11 6-0, 190
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So. Defensive Back
#12 6-1, 185
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Perhaps the biggest improvement might come from the secondary. There are more answers here than before.
MacKensie AlexanderMacKensie Alexander
RS Fr. Defensive Back
#2 5-11, 185
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RS Fr. Cornerback
#21 6-1, 170
View Full Profile and Marcus Edmonds also have shown signs. Robert SmithRobert Smith
#27 5-10, 210
St. George, SC
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So. Defensive Back
#18 6-1, 180
View Full Profile . The bigger, younger safeties like Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
#20 6-4, 205
Fort Myers, FL
View Full Profile and T.J. GreenT.J. Green
#82 6-2, 189
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I was impressed with
Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip
RS Jr. Kicker
#36 5-10, 185
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#92 6-5, 230
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There are plenty of questions to be answered and we will get more into some of those tomorrow but Saturday did show us some of the answers we were looking for from this spring.
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Defensive Tackle (2008 - 2011)
#98 6-2, 310
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Offensive Line (2012 - 2013)
#71 6-5, 275
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