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Spring Football In Review: Causes For Concern

April 21, 2010

Today we finish up our review of spring football after the Brown and Gold game held last Saturday with causes for concern heading into off-season conditioning and fall camp.

Do we have several WR’s not named David Leonard who will step up?

Dave Christensen’s spread offense is all about spreading the ball to a multitude of WR’s/TE’s. In his ideal world 7 to 8 guys would rotate in at the position during a game. At this point in time we only have one guy who has proven himself as relaible through an entire season and his name is David Leonard. The Kansas SR led the team in receptions last fall as well as in last weekends spring game. If the offense is to take a step forward JUCO WR’s DeJay Lester and Mazi Ogbonna are going to have to contribute a fair number of catches. Other returning wide receivers SR Travis Burkhalter, SR Zach Bolger (who had a strong NM Bowl), and SO Chris McNeil will have to step up their production as well to get that deep WR rotation going. TE wise things are a little bare with the injury to SO David Tooley who played very well the last few games of ’09 before his knee injury. The only other player listed at TE is RFR. TJ Smith who should see a lot of action this fall. It may take Christensen one to two more recruiting classes to get the type of WR’s he needs to run this offense fully open.

-Will the protection for ACS be better?

In the spring the offensive line had a hard time blocking the rebuilt defensive line who lost every starter from last year. This isn’t good news at all! For most of last fall ACS was running for his life and his scrambling ability produced a countless number of big plays. The offensive line looks to have Kirven at LT, Puetz at LG, Carlson at C, Sterner or Hillen at RG and Leonard at RT. These boys need to work on their technique so they can keep ACS off the ground and able to hit those WR’s streaking down the field.

– Is there enough depth at running back?

Alvester Alexander is a good running back but he doesn’t have the size or the durability to be a 20-25 carry a game back. That’s no knock on him it is just the way things are in college football today. Most teams use a rotation of 2-3 backs and many have a fourth who plays at times. These backs are needed because the injury bug can hit any time and do you really want a walk-on leading the charge on the ground? Look for true Freshman Nehemie Kankolngo and Evan Williams to be in the mix this fall. Tedder Easton at 5-11 225 may also be in the mix in short yardage/goal line situations due to his size. Each of these backs if given a chance to play should do well because running back is a position many freshman can contribute to quickly.

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  1. sean Harrison permalink
    April 23, 2010 1:15 am

    yeah, i agree with your assessment. even though I haven’t watched them this spring, it does seem like some the new WR’s need to step up. I believe CJ Morgan is the only other WR to join come Fall practices. Maybe the three start Athlete Darrenn White will be a WR. I guess it tall depends. I’m also worried that the guys converted to DL are doing TOO good of a job for just switching positions this year. OL might be a little worrisome. Then again, maybe we are all jonesing for football so bad that we are looking into spring ball too much. I know the new guys coming in are freshman (plus a few juco), but DC will let freshman play if they earn it.

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