March 10, 2011
Spring practice 2011 notebook Day 1
Sonny Dykes mentioned earlier in the week that priority number one would be naming a starter. It seems Tony Franklin may have slipped a little information during his interview this evening. He said the key would be finding the two quarterbacks that would get the majority of the snaps.
While Franklin acted as if he had not made a decision, after day 1, it seemed as if it could be very close. Zach Griffith and Colby Cameron received the lion's share of the snaps during the first practice and played much better than Tarik Hakmi and Taylor Burch. Hakmi's injury to his shoulder seems to really be plaguing his ability to throw. Burch never seemed to be able to find a rhythm.
Newcomer, Myles White showed his ability right away to be able to stretch the field. Eric Harper has moved positions to outside receiver and showed he will be able use his size out on the edge. Scott Cathcart struggled mightily as he seemed to be fighting nerves but once he settled in he made several nice plays in team drills. D.J. Banks is a guy Tech fans will be wishing was on the field this coming season, he really has the ability to get separation from defensive backs.
Tech running backs looked to be playing well as a group. Lennon Creer looks to have put it lots of hard work in the off-season as he looks in mid-season form already. Ray Holley played very well too. In his first action back on an injured knee, Tyrone Duplessis played sparingly but looked pretty good when he was in.
Until the pads are strapped on Saturday, not much can be truly seen from offensive and defensive line play.
The Tech linebackers regularly were making plays whether it was Jay Dudley breaking up passes or other linebackers making stops in the backfield.
Dave Clark made a nice jump on a ball that would have turned into six points for the defense. Michael Schrang made several plays at safety. Also, Terry Carter made some plays at cornerback. Second year Bulldog Ryan Williams seems to have picked up where he left off last season and played well.
The Walking Wounded
Tech players in red jerseys during day 1 were, Tim Molton, Ahmad Paige, Josh Goodman, Quinn Giles, and Rufus Porter (who played).
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