There was nobody missing from practice today that was not at practice yesterday. Darry Beckwith and Charles Alexander were both at practice but not participating. Alexander will obviously be brought back slowly coming off his injury. After yesterday's practice I noticed Beckwith with a pretty large ice pack on his right calf area.
I also forgot to mention Jacob Cutrera in yesterday's report. Cutrera had surgery after the bowl game and is probably going to miss most of spring practice. He has been at both practices observing and running the offense that the linebackers practice against.
I got to watch Andrew Hatch and Jarrett Lee throw a little more today. They both were pretty accurate and appeared to have good timing with the receivers. Lee appears to have a stronger arm but not by much, while Hatch appears to be a little more mobile.
At tight end, it looks as though walkon Caleb Angelle will play a pretty significant role, at least for the spring. He was going through drills as the #2 behind Richard Dickson again today. He is taller and less bulky than the other tight ends, and appears to be pretty athletic. Not to mention both Alex Russian and Mitch Joseph had some trouble running routes and catching the ball today.
Yesterday I didn't really get to watch the defensive line too much, so I spent more time by them today. The first unit was Tyson Jackson, Al Woods, Marlon Favorite, and Kirston Pittman, with Rahim Alem rotating in with Pittman during the drills. The second team was Tremaine Johnson, Lazarius Levingston, Drake Nevis, and Sidell Corley. Tyson Jackson and Marlon Favorite are both very vocal during drills and appear to be embracing their roles as senior leaders. Jackson also appears to be taking Jordon Corbin under his wing, working with him in between reps on technique and getting off the ball.
The defensive backs were working a lot on press coverage today. The cornerbacks never really pressed much under former defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, but that may change under new co-coordinators Doug Mallory and Bradley Peveto. Coach Mallory was working with Ron Brooks a lot today on making the right reads and communicating with the safety.
Andrew Crutchfield, Josh Jasper, Colt David, Brady Dalfrey, and Drew Alleman were out punting for a short time this morning. They each had a number of booming punts, but Jasper was the most consistent in terms of distance and hang time.
That's all for today's practice, but check back later for more of TigerRag's spring practice coverage.