The following is a few mental notes that I took during my return to the practice fields to observe the progression of the team.
Stefan LeFors (ITV)
After just a week, all have improved. LeFors, who I continue to list as the #1 quarterback, remains sharp in all areas. Bush has vastly improved his passing and pocket presence and Rascati appears to be delivering the ball on time more frequently.
While the running game was impressive before I left, it also delivered a few suprises when I returned. Lionel Gates and Eric Shelton still seem to be tied for the #1 spot, but true freshman Kolby Smith is proving that he is worthy of seeing playing time as well. Smith, who will probably see most of his action lined up as a fullback, wasn't the only surprise. Junior college walkon Brian Hall has continued to show that he has the talent to block, run and pass catch with confidence. Fullback D.J. Kamer continues to amaze me with his great knack for being a lead blocker.
Like the running backs, not any major surprises, as this unit is expected to be one of the strong areas for the 2003 Cardinals. Joshua Tinch has developed into a go-to receiver and could catch 100 balls this fall. While I can't recall any drops by Tinch, I can point out a number of amazing receptions that he has pulled in. J.R. Russell and Broderick Clark have both improved and are making impressive catches as well. True freshman Harry Douglas has proven to be the real deal and has great speed, hands and leaping ability.
Renardo Foster (ITV)