FROM THE COACHES
*C.J. Beathard has had a heck of a Spring. He's totally in charge of the team and the offense. The hope is that he just makes decisions quicker now.
*Another area they want to improve on with C.J. is his deep-ball accuracy. They felt there were some opportunities missed because of that a year ago.
*Sean Welsh's move to center has been a positive one for him and the team. It could be a permanent move.
*Offensive lineman Keegan Render has really come on. He's the sixth guy on the offensive line (which means he probably plays this year).
*Three receivers ready to play in Jerminic Smith, Matt VandeBerg, and Riley McCarron.
*Jay Scheel has made a major jump the past week. He's the fourth guy right now. The fifth, sixth, and seventh guys are still to be determined.
*They're very excited about George Kittle and his potential to be an outstanding player. He can do a lot of things including stretching the field.
*The fullback hasn't been decided yet and they're not sure who it will be. Guys like Drake Kulick, Brady Ross, and Austin Kelly are in the mix. Drake Kulick is number one right now, though.
*Drew Cook and Ryan Boyle have come a long way but Tyler Wiegers is definitely the number two quarterback.
*Ryan Boyle's athleticism is hard to ignore so they've experimented with him on kickoff coverage.
*The four home-run threats on offense are Akrum Wadley, Matt VandeBerg, Jerminic Smith, and George Kittle.
*For the spring game he just wants everyone to stay healthy and play mistake-free and execute. No turnovers.
*There's still some things to find out about Derrick Mitchell. They know he's a good receiver and that he does what is needed as a third down back. He has more to prove outside of those things and weren't able to do that this Spring with his injury.
*We could see a lot more of Akrum Wadley used as a receiving threat out of the backfield.
*Anthony Nelson is coming on at defensive end. He can play both the left and right side. They're even discussing him being used as a pass-rush specialist.
*Right now Matt Nelson is the other starter opposite Parker Hesse. Aaron Mends is the starter at WLB replacing Cole Fisher so far. Brandon Snyder is playing Jordan Lomax's safety spot.
*Matt Nelson has improved a great deal. He's more aggressive now with his pass rush. Pass rush is a heavy emphasis this year.
*Josey Jewell and Desmond King appear to the be the leaders of the defense right now.
*Linebackers are learning more than just one spot which could be beneficial for Bo Bower. He's likely the first off the bench for at least two of the positions at that level.
*Not surprising Maurice Fleming transferred. They had open dialogue about it going back to January where Fleming was open and shared that he may look elsewhere if he couldn't break in and be the starter at any spot headed in the Fall. Cards didn't fall right even though they experimented with him at strong safety as well.
*Michael Ojemudia is next up but still has some growing pains to go through.
*Would like to see two true freshmen break through in the secondary to help out on defense and/or on special teams.
*Raider package is effective as long as you have the right pieces. They see themselves using it again this season.