Day 2 Spring Practice

Hello again everyone I was with the O-line today but saw both offense and defense practice. First off Dadi is a man possessed and he beat every tackle he faced today. Vinny Mihota had his way with Teller a few times and beat Wang multiple times. Nigel Williams was solid as was Wade Hansen (sleeper in the D-line). In terms of Offense vs. Defense the plays got a little chippy as scrums ensued a couple times but nothing really of note. Ford and Leal have extremely good deep balls and Newsome...wow his speed is good. Knowles is doing much better on the deep passes making a few good acrobatic catches. Carlis Parker is also going to be a playmaker in the near future. If i had enough money to bet on something (which i don't because I'm a college student) McKinnon is going to be a very very good linebacker and will start this season his speed and intelligence was great today. Motuapuaka was also solid and will contribute this season for the linebackers. I hope I shed some light on some things that you all might like to know and I'll have a report again for you guys and girls soon!

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"I'm just rocking the Fuller"-Kendall Fuller
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Carlis Parker is also going to be a playmaker in the near future.

Last summer, I wrote that Carlis was going to be a sure thing after seeing his first scrimmage. Dude just glides right past coverage.

Then it became obvious he was out of his depth when trying to catch a deep ball. If he gets a pair of hands Parker is going to light defenses up. Beamer wasn't joking when he said that Parker reminds him of Vick.

Also I forgot to add Matshawn Williams is an absolute stud! His ability to hit the hole is ridiculous as he goes full speed and his short strides are very good for the open field.

so excited for that kid, april 26 cant get here soon enough

"I'm just rocking the Fuller"-Kendall Fuller
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

No, French, just no. We need studs on the DL.

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” - David Wilson

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

I meant defensive tackle, which has now come to pass

Viva El Guapo

My bad, I see you talking about tackles and I just assumed.

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” - David Wilson

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

Please tell me we aren't trying to slide VM inside already! Just one more opportunity for schools to recruit against us. Always sliding LB's to DE, DE's to DT, and DT's to OL. Sigh........

Sorry, start over again, my first attempt came across as snarky. Let me try this again. Ok, I'm having problems getting this in a tone that is not snarky, it doesn't deserve to be snarky so, my apologies ahead of time and ignore my lack of wordsmith this morning.

Just because a kid is at one position in HS, it's his favorite position or whatever, doesn't mean that it's the best position for him in college. So many things occur to your body at that age, the kid is finished growing, acquires a new skill that makes him a better fit somewhere else or, like I did, get an injury that necessitates a move to a different spot.

As a kid bulks and grows taller, gains additional coordination following his teenage growth spurt, learns to use his hands differently or gets the benefit of personal, professional advice on nutrition and weight and conditioning work, his skillset and abilities will change.

Then there's also the needs of the team. Who knows what the NFL will need in 4-5 years when he graduates.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit

No, not snarky at all. And I understand all the above, but it just seems to happen quite often with us. We even tried moving BT to DE for a time before getting him back to LB. It's just that, IMO, it costs us with regards to some recruits because other coaches are surely pointing out how often we move kids around. Some to multiple positions and thus they never reach their full potential because they've played 3-4 different psoitions in 4-5 years.

it seems pretty common across all levels of college football for players to get moved around

"I'm just rocking the Fuller"-Kendall Fuller
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

Kid will make one hell of an NFL OT / OG. We don't need space eaters at DE. We need more leverage at DT than a 6 5 kid can provide. Wake me from this nightmare. Why bother recruiting 5 stars for the DL? Would the 5 stars be so quick and elusive or play with such leverage that they would stay at DE? DT? How can anyone say that anymore with a straight face?

First thought: "Dammit, French, not everyone plays OT."

But yeah, if he outgrows DE, I'm pretty sure Mihota has the quickness (and easily the strength, with a bit of Gentryfication) to be a complete boss at DT.

Was Mihota lining up at DT? I thought he was slated as a DE.

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” - David Wilson

"We are better than we think, but not quite what we want to be" - Nikki Giovanni

Glad to hear McKinnon is stepping up. We needed him or Deon Clarke to help fill the void at LB quickly.

RealDiehl