April 6, 2007

Inside the offense: depth chart battles

The third intense week of spring drills will wrap up tomorrow at Skelly Stadium, and battles for positions on the depth chart continue, as coaches evaluate the talent. While nothing will be set in stone until fall camp, it is apparent who has risen to the top at each spot on the field and who has a good shot at being in the starting line-up when the season begins.

The following is a look at the offense.


One would assume that the starting QB spot would be senior Paul Smith's to lose, and it appears that way, but don't think there isn't competition. The coaching staff has been clear that both junior David Johnson and redshirt freshman Clark Harrell are being given every chance to succeed, and both have looked really good at times. However, when it's all said and done, Smith will be directing the offense, and there should be a good battle between Johnson and Clark for the backup spot.


The Golden Hurricane is blessed with some talented running backs, but they'll need to restock in the coming years, as two of the three in spring drills are upperclassmen. TU got a big boost this week with the commitment of 2008 prospect Marcus Wright, and Charles Opeseyitan will hit campus in the fall.

Senior Courtney Tennial and junior Tarrion Adams both look solid this spring and will both see plenty of time, as the new Hurricane offense includes up to three running backs in some formations. But the big surprise has been redshirt freshman Jamad Williams. The 5-foot-9 and 193-pounder has been very impressive in scrimmage situations and adds quality depth.

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