I’m on my way to Philadelphia and on a layover, so this will likely be on the brief side. A few things I wanted to get to that I couldn’t in the story that ran Tuesday.
1. Offensive coordinator John Bond is trying to look at having two quarterbacks in spring practice as a good thing, which, at least for Bo Schlechter and Kelton Hill, it is.
“I feel like not having to roll three and four guys in at a time, the added reps are going to do nothing but make them better,” he said. “Obviously, that’s kind of the goal.
2. The staff studied video of Oregon, Michigan and Auburn a good bit after the season looking for wrinkles to add.
“There were two or three things we think might could fit for us,” Bond said.
3. The staff is still recruiting for this year, both possible transfers and high school seniors. With the departures of Star Jackson and Justin Hughes and the dismissal of Olufemi Opanubi, some spots opened up. Two weekends ago, the staff brought in prospects to the school for a visit and I imagine it’s ongoing. Curry said “I anticipate that we probably will” sign more players. Transfers are a possibility and I might even say it’s likely. (No one has told me that; I just think it’ll happen.)
“Anybody that can help us, we’re looking for,” he said.
4. The plan for defensive back D’Mario Gunn, signed from Georgia Military College, was initially to play him at safety, but he has already been moved to cornerback.
“Because he’s really good,” Curry said.
I’m no expert, but it was certainly clear watching him Monday he’s a fluid athlete and has size (6-1, 180). Defensive backs coach Anthony Midget was on him a good bit Monday.
“Gotta get the juco out of him,” he said, smiling. “Great kid, willing to learn. He’ll be a good player for us.”
5. Prior to spring practice, Hill and Schlechter had been throwing with the receivers once a week, sometimes twice. Hill said they started shortly after last season ended. This competition obviously is a pretty important one to watch, as Drew Little will be out for all of spring practice and the first four games of the season for violating team rules.
“Every day is a competition,” Hill said. “Bo is a heck of a quarterback. We’re going to pick each other’s brains, help each other out.”
Schlechter said he was moved back to quarterback after last season ended. He was a very promising receiver but he’s fine with the move.
“It’s definitely my favorite position on the field,” he said.
6. For the time being, Cole Moon has moved from linebacker to running back and Sam Burkhalter from running back to linebacker. Moon played fullback at St. Pius. Jarrell Robinson, who redshirted last fall, has been moved from outside to inside linebacker. Tay Watts, a transfer from Morehouse, has moved from corner to safety.
“It’s an experiment,” Curry said. “We’ll see how it looks.”
Plane’s boarding. Gotta run.