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Posted this in "Where have all the Posters gone?..." but decided it's worth its own thread. Comments?
Fall camp opened Friday with what I've heard to be an energetic practice. DD was pleased.
Doeren pointed out that Jordan Houston (Fr RB) had an outstanding practice.
Val Martin (DT) has improved to the point that he has been moved to the 1st team DL and Alim McNeill moved to 2nd tram. This may change back but trusted resources said it was Martin improving, not McNeill's regression.
The handwriting might have been on the wall for TK-G -- who while he was a great teammate just wasn't an ACC safety. Tim Kidd-Glass is transferring.
Tanner Ingle is at strong safety with Von Graves backing him up. Tanner had trouble with coverage as a nickle when the receiver/ball got behind him but he was a bullet when he hit you. Gibson thinks Ingle will play the pass better when it's in front of him. Me too.
Our back-up nickle is reported to be the fastest DB on the team. Very athletic. Could be pushing Stephen Griffin for starting mid-season. He had an excellent spring game defending passes. I heard (but it couldn't be) he had 3 INTs but probably PBUs. I see Tyler (Baker-Willians) in on 3rd and long.
Co-DC Gibson has moved the DBs into the same room and working them together. The communication and continuity will make this a better unit. His past indicates he like versatility in his DBs.
The proof of the pudding is always in the eating and we will see when the real hitting starts what we have on defense. A source that should know says this D-Line may be better than 2017's.
Our LB's are deep and Payton Wilson isn't on the 2 deep -- yet. He's fully participating in practice and like I said, we have depth.
One more coaching point of interest. Hux has shown some spirit as has Des. Hux got on the 3rd team D for not giving 100% and Des got on some younger RBs for not finishing a drill the way he wanted.
Joshua Harris is still at 350 lbs. Doeren wants him to loose 30. If he looses 20 by ECU I think he will see some reps. The concern is his health at the weight. Were he to loose the weight, he will be playing. He is a load in the middle. Ask anybody who was at the spring game. He hasn't been goofing off, just hasn't lost weight. He's been a beast in the weight room.
As have apparently all the team. For instance freshman QB from Colorado has put on 20 lbs.
Sounds like the bar has been raised a bit. What else would it sound like to the quintessential optimist? 😉