Midway through spring practice, Shelton says he already notices significant improvement in the Cardinal defense since last season.
"I think Coach Cassity has done a great job with them," Shelton said of the defense. "I'm already noticing significant differences in the defense. The safeties and linebackers are doing a great job just coming up and taking holes away."
With eight returning starters, the offense is more or less fine tuning an already potent attack this spring.
"Of course, the offense is trying to sharpen up on what we did last year and just fix the little wrinkles," Shelton said.
"Running back is just one of those things when you're hot that's the one the coach is going to go with," Shelton explained. "Last year I was hot the first couple games and then late in the season Lionel got hot when I was out. So you just have to take advantage of what the defense gives you."