Spring Practice Updates - 4/11

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Good news and bad news, folks. The good news is that we finally have some football updates. The bad news is that they mostly consist of injuries (although I guess that’s what you’re going to get for spring football news). The rundown:

  • Justin Gilbert has re-injured his ACL and is out until October. Ouch. The coaches say he’s probably out until October, but the left tackle has different ideas, saying he’ll be good to go by the West Virginia game (which is in mid-September). With him out, sophomore Max Garcia takes over the number one spot on the blind side, and we’ll see if the freshman with a ton of promise will be able to live up to the expectations in the Miami game.
  • Like Ralph Friedgen, Randy Edsall really likes C.J. Brown. While Edsall did say DOB’s job is safe (even though he said “I like the fact that we have a competition,” he followed it up with “Danny is fine”), he also said Brown is putting pressure on the incumbent starter. Having a good backup quarterback ain’t nothing but a good thing.
  • Justin Anderson has moved back to the outside. He started at anchor last year (a position that doesn’t exist anymore), and moved to defensive tackle right before spring ball started. It sounds like he’ll be competing for playing time at the defensive end position rather than ROCK, so it’s between him and Isaiah Ross for the starting job.
  • Ronnie Tyler is hurt again. Plagued by injuries and academic issues for most of his career, let’s hope he can just get it all together for a productive senior year. For now, Kerry Boykins will start in the slot position, which honestly isn’t that much of a downgrade.
  • Nigel King hasn’t been able to practice yet because of an NCAA clearinghouse issue. He’s currently listed third at the Wide Receiver 1 position, behind Kevin Dorsey and Devin Burns. He was a candidate to play during his first year on campus, but if he can’t practice during the spring that might not happen.

We’ll keep you posted as always.

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