The newest Denver Bronco, BayBay Thomas, & Wes check out the action on Saturday.....
Well, we got a half of football in before the lightning & thunderstorms cut the annual T-day game short & it turned out to be an offensive showcase. The first team offense (playing against our #1 defense) dominated the afternoon, scoring on 4 of 5 possessions & generally looking like it hadn't missed a beat since last season ended. For those keeping score it ended 27-7, in favor of the White squad. Some observations/highlights from Saturday:
- Tevin Washington is clearly #2 behind Josh(ua) Nesbitt & has really developed a good feel for the offense as a redshirt sophomore. Tevin is a far better player than Jaybo Shaw ever thought about being & has a chance to win the #1 job when Nesbitt leaves. It's funny, we seem to write kids off when they haven't made an immediate impact within their first or second year in the program. Tevin is a perfect example of what happens when a player is given reps & allowed to mature over a couple years. I feel confdent with him triggering the offense.
- Sean Poole boomed a Durant Brooks-esque 74 yard punt that went a good 60 yards in the air. Should be a good competition in the Fall to see who gets to watch us go-for-it on 4th down.
- Anthony Allen & Luke Cox were punishing on Saturday. We're solid at B-back & this duo will really wear down defenses in the Fall.
- Stephen Hill had two highlight plays on the afternoon; a leaping 34 yard catch where he wrestled the ball away from Tarrant & a 74 yard TD strike on a perfectly thrown Washington ball. The TD pass was a terrific play call as both the corner (Mario Butler) & the safety (Isaiah Johnson) bit on play action as Hill streaked down the hash.
- One important depth chart change from Saturday: Brandon Watts has ascended to the starting lineup at Will LB, replacing Stephen Sylvester. Watts has played like a man possessed this spring & certainly earned the right to run with the 1st team.
- David Sims played well on Saturday & both he & Luallen enter the Fall in a close race for the #3 QB slot. Sims certainly makes things happen with his legs & if he makes the same leap grasping the offense & throwing the football that Tevin has between year 2 & 3 he can be a very special player at Tech. Luallen has the tools but continues to struggle. He's putting too much pressure on himself & thinking way too much. He just needs to let the game come to him & relax.....
- What a difference two years makes. In CPJ's first spring game there were something like 11 fumbles. Yesterday there was one which was recovered by the offense. That's zero turnovers on the day. A pretty big change in two years & you can see we're becoming a machine at this point.
- Don't get hot & bothered about the defense; it's a work in progress. They had a rough day on Saturday. Plenty of defenses will against us this season. We really will know more in the Fall. Until then, relax & feel secure in the knowledge that we can't be any worse than last year.
It's far too easy & dangerous to draw sweeping conclusions from the Spring game. Much will change between now & the Fall. We'll start a series beginning tomorrow on what we actually did learn about our team this spring & what to expect heading into Fall camp.