Spring Football Tidbits (4/4/06)

Spring drills continue into the second week. After an up and down scrimmage on Saturday the team returned to the practice field on Monday.

Practices are closed to the public and media, but word from the Jimenez Practice Facility was that Monday's practice was not a great one. Several observers noted that the team looked "lethargic" and "slow". Overall the practice accomplished a lot but the energy level was not up to snuff.

A few players continued to shine. QB Willie Tuitama continues to look sharp. He has been praised for quick decision making and crisp passing. He has tried to force a few too many passes, but that has been better the past few practices.

Chris Henry continues to impress. Everyone you talk to raves about his size, speed and physique. If football does not work out for him he could have a future in pro wrestling. Imagine a tag team with Henry and Louis Holmes.

Ronnie Palmer is getting the job done. The foot injury really cost him a shot to shine last season. Expect a breakout season this year.

With Michael Johnson and Brandon Tatum at the field at the same time, the Wildcats have two of the most athletic safeties you'll find anywhere. Now, only if they are able to get it done on the field.

Tatum is not guaranteed to start. Dominic Patrick has proven that he is a big time hitter. His shot on Henry on Saturday was vicious. JC transfer Nate Ness will be in the hunt come fall when he joins the team.

Back-up receivers Anthony Johnson and Bobby McCoy have put in decent performances. Johnson has always been strong, but is carrying even more muscle. Expect the Cats to try and get him isolated on smaller DB's in an effort to run them over.

Both Syndric Steptoe and Mike Thomas have added some muscle but don't appear to have lost any quickness.

The team misses Brad Wood. Travis Bell has shown great hands, but is still trying to be a consistent blocker. Brandyn McCall and Ryan Kilpatrick need to show better hands. Some of the young TE recruits have a chance to fight for time in August.

Marcus Smith is huge, in a good way. He's probably sitting over 280 and still looks quick. He is also staying outside at defensive end. He and Louis Holmes could team to be one of the biggest defensive end tandems in the country. The scary thing is that Johnathan Turner has added a lot of size as well and will push the other two for snaps.

Observers have had good things to say about Marcus Hollingsworth. He's playing at nickel back a spot that is a hybrid of a safety and a linebacker.

The Cats will have another open scrimmage on Saturday at the stadium.

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