April 24, 2006

Spring Game thoughts

Some observations from the annual spring game:

...Having a quarterback is a comforting thing for a football team. Sure, Matt Ryan threw three interceptions. He also put the ball up 53 times, completing 37 on some very unofficial stats. He has two years ahead of him as the sure-thing starter and he has a quality backup in Chris Crane.

...The running back situation — will be up for hourly debate — seems solid. Both L.V. Whitworth and Andre Callender ran well Saturday. A.J. Brooks fumbled twice, and you know what that means in Tom O'Brien's world — straighten it out or it's well-deserved Siberia. This is not a team desperate for a starting running back, so Brooks has to start holding onto the ball.

...Now, as far as the people doing the blocking for the runners — and for Ryan — O'Brien made it clear that the only thing that's clear on the offensive line is that virtually nothing is clear with the offensive line. Well, Josh Beekman has been at right guard and O'Brien said, "I think he's gonna stay at right guard." He didn't sound too sure, adding "We don't have any plans of moving him anywhere else right now." Right now?

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