Offensive impressions

Fall camp is about 1/3 complete and things are taking shape, especially on offense. We'll take a look at how the offense is shaping up and what battles are still left to be waged.

There is no doubt that Willie Tuitama is the No. 1 guy and he looks more comfortable in the new spread offense. The shorter drops and the reads seem to be coming easier to the junior. He's looking more comfortable with the deep ball and the few picks he's thrown have either been tipped or been deep down field, when the defensive back made a great play on the ball.

The big battle coming into camp was for the No. 2 job. Kris Heavner and Tyler Lyon have been taking very even reps, but everything points to Heavner getting the job barring a late push by Lyon. Both have shown good things, but Heavner has been more consistent and seems to have more of his teammate's confidence.

Freshman Bryson Beirne got his first real work in on Monday and looked pretty good. His ball has some good zip and he is making smart reads. However, it would be surprising if he isn't redshirted.

Running Back
Chris Jennings is No. 1, Xavier Smith is No. 2. Jennings was far and away the best back the first few practices, but Smith has looked very good the past few nights. It would be surprising if these two don't get the bulk of the carries all season long.

In my mind the only player who looks poised to challenge them is freshman Nic Grigsby. Grigsby is very shifty and quick, similar to Jennings, but has to show the moves in full contact drills.

Both Terry Longbons and Glyndon Bolasky have looked good in running drills, but have not had many meaningful carries in 11-on-11 team work. Right now Longbons is getting the No. 3 work.

Wide Receiver
Two players started camp with their roles defined. Anthony Johnson and Mike Thomas were set, inked into the line-up. Over the first five practices a pair of receivers have joined the two upper classmen. Terrell Turner and Terrell Reese seem to have firmly established their place in the receiver rotation. Turner especially has become a favorite target of Tuitama, doing a great job stretching the field.

A number of other receivers are having good camps and still battling for playing time. Mike Turner, B.J. Dennard and Delashaun Dean are all playing well and doing good things. Dennard is probably the closest of the group to cementing his spot in the rotation. The good news is this could be the deepest group of receivers, in terms of raw talent, as we have seen on campus in a long time.

Tight End
Rob Gronkowski is the read deal. No great shock there. He's got the size, athleticism and swagger that is new for Wildcat tight ends. He's dropped a few passes, but that is the only knock against him. A.J. Simmons and Brandyn McCall are also doing good things, but more as blockers.

With only one day in pads it is tough to get a good gauge on the offensive line. Eben Britton is a sure thing, but just about every position is being challenged. The best battle may be between Daniel Borg and Peter Graniello at left tackle. Both have looked very good protecting the passer.

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