It was a beautiful day to begin spring practice, and as usual, the guys were in helmets only for the first day.
-One of my first surprises was seeing Marcus Waugh reversing his number
and wearing jersey #53. Marcus had
expected to be moved to tailback after his practice performances during the bowl
season and had lost quite a bit of weight in preparing for the position change,
but the staff has had a change in plans, and Waugh was with the offensive
linemen today. Marcus stands only
5' 10", but he's a brute, and his father (Tom) played center for a Rose Bowl
-Coach Quinn is already tinkering with the offensive line trying to find
the right combination. Jeremy Bolton has been moved to guard and was working opposite Trevor Canfield.
-Serjio Welch, a transfer from
-The first interception of the day was by the same guy that got a lot of picks last year in practice-DeAngelo Smith. The sure-handed cornerback snagged a pass from Craig Carey in a 7 on 7 drill. Later Smith got another interception on a team drill. I think the quarterback was Dustin Grutza that time.
-Doug Jones made a nice, diving catch from his new tight end position in the 7 on 7 drill.
-There were apparently 21 pro teams represented for
-Aaron Webster was on the practice field but was being held out of action. Webster appeared in the participation chart for the International Bowl causing confusion for Bearcat football fans who had heard of his ACL knee injury during bowl practices. Webster played with a partially torn meniscus last year, but tore it completely along with the ligament during a bowl practice. He DID NOT play in the bowl game but is well on his way to a complete recovery.
-Leo Morgan was also held out of drills as he recovers from an injury.
-Lance Jeter and Marcus Barnett were among the 12 receivers at
practice. Barnett is very
thin. I did not see Darran Powell,
a walk-on from last year, but another walk-on has apparently taken his receiver
spot. Justin Jackson, a 6' 2"
-Kevin Huber had the shortest and longest punts today. He really shanked one early for about 10 yards but hit two monsters later that had to be close to the 65-70 yard range.
-Coach Kelly was harping on the receivers to come back to the
football. The "Kelly Comment of the
Day" was during a passing drill, "We're going to be playing
-Ralston Reeves (DL) of
-Mike Daniels went through all drills but with a leg brace.
-Ben Guidugli isn't tall but he is very stocky.
-John Goebel struggled in his first practice as he adjusts to receiver. I saw him have two drops.
-I was told
-A young man named Josh Henderson watched today's practice as he hopes
for a spot as a walk-on. Josh