Tigers Return To The Practice Field
The football team was able to get three practices under its belt before spring break. Now the Tigers have 12 practices remaining in the spring to work in new systems on offense and defense. Here are just a few areas to watch the remainder of spring:
1) Cornerback: The spot opposite Tye Hill is Sergio Gilliam's to lose, but he is going to have to perform well to hold off Chris Clemons and Brandon Croley. Both redshirt freshman have performed well earning spots on the two-deep. This is a battle that could go into the fall remaining open. In the fall, look for Ramon McElrathbey to throw his hat into the mix.
2) Defensive End: The starters here are as good as they come in the ACC with Charles Bennett and Gaines Adams. The concern is depth behind them. Look for Rashaad Jackson to be moved to end behind Bennett today. Courtney Vincent is backing up Adams at the bandit spot. Vincent was a monster as a scout team linebacker last season, and can be counted on. If Vincent performs well at bandit, he could stay there in the fall. The staff would like to find depth heading into the fall, if not look for Xavier Littleberry and Phillip Merling to become factors.
3) Quarterback: Once again, this is a battle where it is the incumbent's spot to lose. Will Proctor is being given every opportunity to nail the spot down. The offense under Rob Spence may actually fit Proctor better than the system ran under Mike O'Cain. Redshirt freshman Tribble Reese and Cullen Harper will make every effort to push Proctor. This battle will be one to watch in the scrimmages. Last spring, an injury to Proctor forced Whitehurst to play almost the entire Orange and White game. That will not be the case this year, which should make for a more exciting Spring game.