A few whispers that have come across my desk...Al Borges has really embraced Denard Robinson, using him in ways he wasn't used last year, but building off his strengths that we all know and love. Word is that Borges knows what he's got.
Defensively, the spring sessions have turned into a clinic for the defense as a whole. Not surprisingly, DC Greg Mattison is grabbing a lot of the attention. The coaches are sort of starting from scratch with the guys they have. Transitioning to a 4-3, and using anyone and everyone who wants to step up. Among those stepping up...Richard Ash is looking huge, Will Campbell is back on defense and probably in the best shape of his life...and looking good. We need big bodies on the defensive line to really make noise this season. Martin and Van Bergen can't do it alone.
I should also point out that Craig Roh will be used strictly as a defensive end in a 3-point stance. That should hopefully improve his impact.
Defensive backfield is going to be a work-in-progress...as you would expect. Corners Troy Woolfolk and JT Floyd are back from injuries (ahead of schedule) and looking strong. Woolfolk had a pick against the one's. Thomas Gordon, who I think could have a breakout year at safety, spent some quality time in the weight room this off-season.
One guy of note, and that is Ray Vinopal. Rumors are circulating that he could be on the outs. We'll see what transpires over the next couple days, especially with Hoke holding a presser today at 12:30. If this rumor does come true, Vinopal would be the first transfer since Hoke took office in January. Stay tuned.
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