1) For what it’s worth, the first-team defensive line was Derrick Morgan and Robert Hall at ends and Ben Anderson and Jason Peters at tackles. Line coach Giff Smith said they worked with the first team because they are the returners with the most experience. He said the depth chart is “subject to change” every practice.
2) There were a fair amount of center-QB exchange fumbles, which is partly due to some new parts of the puzzle. Without Dan Voss, who’s out for the spring rehabbing his shoulder, Sean Bedford stepped in with the first unit and Nick McRae played on the second line.
Speaking generally, coach Paul Johnson said, “It’s going to be a lot of guys playing this spring that haven’t played, but that’s what spring’s about.”
3) Some of the backs ran out of the A-back and B-back spots, including Jonathan Dwyer, Anthony Allen and Lucas Cox. I’m thinking we’ll write about this more later on in the spring. And I am most likely going to write about Allen after Wednesday’s practice, by the way. I even saw Dwyer and Allen line up in the slot (not simultaneously) during a passing drill.
Said B-backs and quarterbacks coach Brian Bohannon, “We’re just trying to see where we can get the best guys on the field.”
4) I concur with Larry in the notebook that quarterback Josh Nesbitt threw with accuracy and decisiveness in passing drills.
Some Paul Johnson soundbites:
“First day in shorts and helmets, there were a lot of guys that had some retention. We were really rusty, like you would think. We’ve got a lot of guys who haven’t played, so it’s going to be an important spring for us.”
(difference from first day of last year’s spring practice) “I think it’s going to be light years different than a year ago in some facets, but in others, it may be eerily similar. We’ve got two of the offensive linemen who are out for spring in Nick Claytor and Danny Voss, so we’ve got some new guys playing center. The ball was on the ground a lot with some snaps today. We’ve got to get that fixed.”
“When you leave spring, you’d like to know kind of what the two-deep is going to look like. There’ll be some freshmen that come in that’ll help us, but we can’t rely on that.”
(on what he’s looking for on the first day) “You’re looking at some of the guys that haven’t played, to see where they’re at, knowledge-wise and retention-wise and schmes and that kind of thing. You’re just looking guys out there that make athletic plays.”
Also, the No. 9 seed women’s basketball team plays top-seeded Oklahoma tonight (Tuesday) in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The game tips at 9:30 on ESPN2. You may have heard that Oklahoma star Courtney Paris said she would return her scholarship money if the Sooners don’t win the national championship. You can read stringer John Riehl’s game advance for the AJC here. A columnist for the Oklahoman wrote about Tech and called the game “somewhere between gargantuant and colossal.”
The baseball team plays Georgia State tonight and Georgia Wednesday. Larry and I will be covering both.
Finally, Vance Walker is scheduled to have his workout for scouts Wednesday. He pulled his hamstring at the combine and couldn’t perform there, or at Tech’s pro day. I believe Darryl Richard will also perform for scouts, as he wasn’t fully able to participate in drills at Tech’s pro day, also because of a lingering injury. Hopefully for them, they’ll be able to draw some scouts. I saw Vance and Elris Anyaibe walking off the field just before the spring practice started.