It’s so hard to have expectations when it comes to Spring Ball. Because in the immortal words of a recently enshrined HOF basketball player:
“We’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice.”
And truer words have never been spoken. That said, here are five questions that I hope are answered by the end of Spring Ball next week.
Is Garretson the Guy? Did anyone raise an eyebrow when Darrell Garretson was named a team captain prior to Spring Ball and seemingly anointed starter? I thought it was strange considering Marcus McMaryion’s performance in last year’s Civil War. Should’ve helped his case more. But, from what I’ve seen and read, I am not so sure Garretson is leaps and bounds ahead of the competition. So I have to wonder if the coaches will really be able to name a starter after Spring Ball, as they hoped to do. It seems to close to call at this point But in an ideal world, it would nice if one of the QBs distanced himself from the pack this Saturday and in the next week.
Are the WRs ready to Step Up?: Yes, you can make an argument that they didn’t have a reliable QB throwing to them most of last season, but any way you slice it, the Beavers WRs struggled last season. But the trio of Jordan Villamin, Victor Bolden, and Hunter Jarmon have the talent. And they will need to be better this season, because there’s youngsters already pushing them such as Trevon Bradford and eventually Seth Collins. Bradford and JUCO transfer Timmy Hernandez have been impressive this spring, and you can bet Andersen won’t hesitate to play them over more tenured players. It’s all about who can make the plays, and more importantly, be consistent. I am hoping the three returning starters will head into fall camp confident and ready to shine.
Who emerges in the secondary? There’s been some turnover, and last year injuries left this group resembling a game of musical chairs. And more recently, Justin Strong transferred. So there’s definitely spots up for grab. But who will end up with them? I’d say the only lock might be one of the corner spots by Treston DeCoud Hopefully, at least another spot will be settled in a few weeks, though. As giddy as I am about the talent arriving in the fall, my expectations are tempered by the fact that the learning curve will be steep no matter if you are a two-star or a four-star player. The good news is that there will be a lot of players to evaluate and choose from.
I have questions about the offensive line and linebackers too, but felt that they would be better asked during fall camp when the incoming freshmen and other JUCOs arrive. What were you hoping to see addressed this spring?
Go Beavs! (RW)