Spring Tidbits (04/05)

Security was just a bit tighter Wednesday at the Wildcats' spring practice. As usual, media and fans were not allowed in, but some nuggets of information emerged and Wildcats Insider has them gathered up.

How tight was security at practice? Players' and coach's families were not even allowed to attend practice. Late in the practice the coaches' wives were allowed in, but there was a pretty fierce looking guard at the gate making sure no one got in.

No word on why the extra security was in place, but one can only assume that new plays or formations were being added.

No great shock, but word is that Chris Henry continues to impress. All anyone wants to talk about is how good the junior-to-be looks. Once again, if Henry can translate his spring practice to the actual game day action, the Cats could have a potent running game.

Many have been waiting for Bill Wacholz to emerge and this may just be the time. The redshirt sophomore has gotten so big that strength coaches have told him not to bulk up anymore and his recent performances have suggested that he is no longer a weight room warrior. Wacholz has been running a lot with the second team and is putting pressure on those ahead of him, namely left guard Adam Hawes.

Eben Britton continues to impress at right tackle. He seems to be living up to the hype. His tenacity and jaw dropping size is helping to get the best out of Tanner Bell, who is fighting tooth and nail to keep the job.

Rave reviews for the linebacking corps. Wildcat fans who have thought the group can be the strongest on the team seem to have the right frame of mind. Ronnie Palmer, Spencer Larsen, Dane Krogstad, Adrian McCovy and Xavier Kelley are in a dogfight for snaps and no one seems ready to relinquish time.

McCovy seems like a natural at middle linebacker, but Ronnie Palmer has a stranglehold on the spot and has done nothing to allow the younger player to creep up on him.

Kelley's speed is turning heads. His reputation as a ball hawk has translated from high school to college. The kid will get his share of tackles.

Willie Tuitama has been Willie Tuitama. He's yet to have a bad day and has been steady at worst and spectacular at best. Adam Austin is clearly the back-up. The heady senior is a guy the staff seems to have great confidence in if something should happen to the starter. Kris Heavner has come in and done everything that has been asked of him, but Austin has not slipped up and has given up no ground.

NOTES:

*Louis Holmes was on hand for the tail end of practice. The junior college recruit seems intent on honoring his letter of intent. His brother Will, a basketball player who may play at the JC level, was also with him.

*A rumor ran around campus that the team was going to switch to a 6-2 defense. Of course that was not true. Someone was just having a little fun.


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