Thursday, August 7, 2008

Fall Camp Update II

QB: Ryan Colburn continues his quick start and looks on his way to a superb camp. Possibly best backup QB 'Dogs have had since Paul Pinegar was in that role. Colburn is outdoing Tom Brandstater right now, but we know what Brandstater is capable of.

RB: Speed all the way around the unit. Jamaal Rashad would probably start for a few other WAC teams (coughhawaiiutahstnewmexicostcough). The biggest question here right now is who has a quicker first step, Lonyae Miller or Ryan Mathews? Kyle Duffy is working with the newcomers. Anthony Harding impressive in pass-blocking and shotgun situations -- took a draw play to the house.

WR: Matt Lindsey has the best hands and possibly jumping ability of the corps. Marlon Moore is super fast -- if it weren't for such a deep, deep unit he'd be a surefire 1,000-yard guy this year. Bear Pascoe is the ultimate team guy. Vince Pascoe and Isaac Kinter will be impact players in the passing game from the H-back position.

OL: Bobby Lepori took a couple snaps at center yesterday after practice. Maybe Kenny Wiggins is coming along too strong to not have on the field? Richard Pacheco taking first-team reps at center, Joe Bernardi second-team, for now.

DL: Chris Lewis is playing spirited football and looks very strong dropping off the line into coverage. Showed a nice vertical today trying to bat down a short pass over the middle. Mark Roberts took the field for 11-on-11s with the first team at D-tackle. Chase McEntee stayed to practice with the veterans, a sign he's leading the true freshmen candidates to play right away.

LB: After three days of camp, time to declare Chris Carter a future All-WAC linebacker. Nico Herron looks like a stud at the outside spot, even defended a receiver downfield on one incompletion. Shawn Plummer working second-string, with Nick Bates and Quaadir Brown practicing with the newcomers.

DB: Marvin Haynes still trying to win back the starting job from Jake Jorde -- both are sure to see plenty of action. Moses Harris has inherited the leadership role vocally. Sharrod Davis is in just about every receiver's head, and is backing it up. Be ready for Damion Owens to become one of the school's best corners in Pat Hill's tenure.

ST: Robert Malone is showing off a beastly leg at punter. The kicking game is in good hands.

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