Big Dewayne, Jeremy Caudill, David Johnson, Tommy Cook, Derek Abney, Sweet Pea Burns, and especially Otis Grigsby looked fantastic. There were more than a few of the wildcats in the weight and conditioning room this summer doing what it takes to become competitors in the SEC, 113 of them in fact.
The results were across the board. From Otis gaining 25 lbs to get to 270, to Trey Mielsch going from 240 to 255, the staff has done its job in getting the players to a weight where injuries could be less of a factor.
And that seemed to be the overlying question, depth issues and what happens when the starters get hurt. The
Most notably is the offensive line. In talking with Mark Hill, he stated that the players who were having consistent injury problems needed to work more on the mid-section. By strengthening the stomach, players have a stronger center of gravity, thus making them able to control what is happening to them on the football field.
As with most media days, the air of optimism and new horizons abounded. Some feel that optimism is unwarranted, but I feel differently. There was something that I noticed about all the interviews, and interviewee's as I walked around C.M. Newton (cough, cough) field.
Players like David Johnson were not answering questions about the guys backing him up as if he was trying to convince himself that the backups would be good enough. He was answering the questions as if the reporter was stupid for asking them. That he knew the backups would do their job, and that David was worrying about David being the best.
But we shall see what all of this conditioning, confidence and film room work has done for this
Whatever those answers may be, it was a lot of fun for me, Pookie, and Brian. Look for compete articles on all the interviews of the players in the near future.
By the way, practice starts Monday at just in case there are a few of you out there who want to see the Cats in action.