A few quick random thoughts on spring practice so far …
I’m sure Todd Grantham and his defensive coaches would rather have all their starters for those first couple of games of the season, but remembering how they had to scramble last year with early-season injuries I have a feeling that all this mix-and-match cross-training caused by the pending suspensions will pay dividends for the Dawgs down the road. … It’s looking more and more like the offensive line is likely to be a work in progress not just until August when true freshman (and likely starter) John Theus arrives, but well into the season. If there’s one aspect of the 2012 Dawgs that has me uneasy, it’s the OL, the performance of which will have a lot to do with the play of the quarterback and running game. … If you haven’t yet read the ESPN.com piece on Jarvis Jones, the thinking man’s linebacker, give it a look. While he may be overly modest in downplaying his own physical abilities, Jones is a role model for what study, preparation and using your brain on the field can accomplish. … I’m glad to hear the reports that redshirt freshman speed demon Justin Scott-Wesley is making great strides in his route running. I’ve always thought he had great potential (and he seems to be another smart young man), and with Malcolm Mitchell splitting time with the defense our wide receiver corps can certainly use another deep threat. I’m betting Scott-Wesley going to be a star before the season is finished.
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