When Stephen Morris had surgery and was forced to miss all of spring football, one of the first things Al Golden talked about was how the two freshman quarterbacks (Gray Crow and Preston Dewey) would have a chance to really compete with Williams, who had a tremendous performance in the first scrimmage. Crow was the better of the two quarterbacks in the first scrimmage but completed just 50-percent of his passes for 43 yards. Since both the freshmen will likely see reps with the first unit, it would be nice to see them play well enough to start narrowing the gap between them and Williams on the depth chart. Good performances from them will only make Williams better in the longrun, because of the competition factor.
2. Can Rashawn Scott continue his excellent play?
The Hurricanes were depleted at the wide receiver position going into the spring. They lost their main starters from last season and their top returner, Allen Hurns, has been very limited this spring. They desperately needed someone to step up. Scott's done that in a big way, at least so far. He had a tremendous offseason and a very good first scrimmage. It sure would be nice to see him maintain that high level of play tonight, and not tail off.
3. Can the offensive line develop some chemistry together?
When Jon Feliciano went down with an injury, it forced the coaches to move starting right tackle Jermaine Johnson to guard. He'll be tested nicely tonight. Will he respond by playing well in there? Will new starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson step up and lock down that spot? It sure would be nice to see this unit play well together, especially now that they have what will likely be the starting five the remainder of the spring.
4. Can the Canes develop some type of legitimate pass rush?
The starters going into tonight are Shayon Green, Kelvin Cain, Curtis Porter, and Darius Smith. None of them have ever recorded a sack at the college level. You'd like to see, especially starting tonight, some pass rushing heat coming from these guys -- especially the outside guys who are each first time starters.
5. Will the young corners hold up?
The secondary got burned quite a bit in the first scrimmage and they dropped some potential interceptions. Brandon McGee has elevated his game some. But the rest are relatively young and inexperienced. They'll have another chance to make a name for themselves tonight.