The spring football game is set for Saturday afternoon at 4 PM at Corbett Stadium. The team has split into two squads, the Green team and the White team, as they prepare for this critical scrimmage. Here are some things to watch for on Saturday afternoon.
Here are the rosters (per Joey Knight’s report) to get this started:
Z: A.J. Legree, Trevor Steinke
TE: Mitchell Wilcox, Spencer Adkinson, Ryan Hintze
OL: Marcus Norman, Michael Smith, Brooks Larkin, Dominique Threatt, Glen Bethel
QB: Quinton Flowers, Brett Kean
RB: Darius Tice, Trevon Sands
Slot: Jordan Reed, Chris Barr, Deangelo Antoine
X: Tyre McCants, Donovan Geter
PK: Emilio Nadelman
Bull (DE): LaDarrius Jackson, Nicholas Munera
DT: Daniel Awoleke
Nose: Bruce Hector
DE: Juwuan Brown, Greg Reaves, Josh Black
WLB: Nick Holman, Nico Sawtelle
MLB: Auggie Sanchez
Striker: Nate Godwin, Nate Ferguson
CB: Deatrick Nichols, Cameron Gergley, Mazzi Wilkins
FS: Austin Hudson, Devin Abraham
SS: Jaymon Thomas
P: Brent Gordon
LS: Alex Salvato
Z: Rodney Adams, Austin Aikens
TE: Kano Dillon, Riley Sheehan, Ryan Hintze
OL: Kofi Amichia, Cameron Ruff, Mike Galati, Jeremi Hall, Billy Atterbury
QB: Asiantii Woulard, Adam Robles
RB: Marlon Mack, D’Ernest Johnson, Zaybreion Gunter
Slot: Chase Whitehead, Tyler Pippens
X: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Marcus Wingate
PK: Jordan Acham
Bull (DE): Vincent Jackson, Jimmy Bayes
DT: Deadrin Senat
Nose: Kevin Bronson, Eric Mayes
DE: Kirk Livingstone
WLB: Danny Thomas, Cecil Cherry
MLB: Nigel Harris, Trent Shaw
Striker: Khalid McGee, Devon Jones-Stewart
CB: Jalen Spencer, Lamar Robbins, Ronnie Hoggins, Shannon Smith
SS: Malik Dixon
FS: Tajee Fullwood
P: Eric Briggs
LS: Dylan Rutledge
My first reaction is the Green team is loaded and could have a great day out there. But that’s not the biggest factor to watch during the game. Here are five things I’ll be paying attention to throughout the scrimmage.
Progress on the offensive line: The Green team has several possible starters on its roster while the White team only has Threatt and Bethel (battling Atterbury for a spot). It will be a great chance to see how a group of possible starters does against live competition as well as a group of reserves and players battling for depth chart spots can deal when given starting playing time. Who will stand out? Who will move ahead in position battles? A lot can be answered on Saturday (at least giving a player a leg up entering the fall).
Where does the pressure come from: The Bulls have a lot of new faces battling for starting jobs along the defensive line. Veterans like Deadrin Senat and Bruce Hector are knowns up front, but there are a lot of new faces trying to get depth chart positions. Players like Vincent Jackson, Kirk Livingstone, LaDarrius Jackson, and others will all be battling in this game to leave a mark at the end of camp. Keep an eye on who is getting pressures, moving the pocket, and disrupting things in the backfield throughout the game.
Brett Kean vs. Asiantii Woulard: Quinton Flowers is fairly entrenched in the starting job heading into the 2016 season. The real question is, who is the back-up? Brett Kean has put together a tremendous camp by all accounts while Woulard has had some ups and downs. It will be fun to watch both sling it out on the field as they try to impress the coaches and push Flowers along the way.
Secondary vs. loaded wide receivers unit: The Bulls have a loaded receiving unit and a loaded secondary. Both groups have size, speed, and talent and have been going at it all spring. This will be their final live scrimmage before fall camp and a last chance to prove themselves to the coaching staff. There are some many good players on both teams that will make for some interesting battles down the field.
Stay healthy: It goes without saying, but I hope everyone stays healthy during this game. Players will be amped, there will be some electricity on the field as the players get to show off in front of the home crowd, but please, no injuries. This team could not afford to lose anyone, so keep your fingers crossed until the end.