Ryan Williams seems to have the edge in the battle for the backup job as spring football ends. He threw 25 passes on Saturday, while Gray Crow threw just eight. Williams will likely enter the summer as the team's number two.
Duke Johnson was Duke Johnson. He was the most exciting player on the field again, and finished with well over 100 yards. He wasn't asked to do a ton because everyone already knows what he's capable of. Dallas Crawford continued his excellent spring with another strong performance playing behind Johnson. Mo Hagens continues getting worked into the offense in a bigger role than he's seen in recent years.
Rashawn Scott and Herb Waters looked like the most complete receivers in this game. Both turned in strong performances while working a lot with the first unit. Phillip Dorsett and Allen Hurns were held out of action, so redshirt freshman Jontavious Carter was given more chances and he caught five passes for over 100 yards. He showed flashes of becoming a potential difference maker for the Canes. Malcolm Lewis also showed that he's getting real close to being full speed, and should be 100-percent by the time the fall rolls around.
The tight ends were playing without 2012 starter Clive Walford, and it seemed like they were missing a playmaker there in the passing game. Beau Sandland is a very talented pass-catcher but must continue working on his blocking skills. Same with freshman Standish Dobard. The Canes were clearly without their top pass-catching threat here today though with Walford out.
The offensive line, playing without three starters from a year ago, held up pretty well for the most part. Ereck Flowers, Malcolm Bunche, Jared Wheeler, Danny Isidora (who won Most Improved Offensive Player), and Seantrel Henderson were the five starters. The interesting part here is that Bunche was still working with the guards, while Flowers continues getting the nod on the left side over Henderson.
On the defensive side of the ball, Olsen Pierre (who won Most Improved Defensive Player) was a major handful. He's had a great spring, and capped it off with a very strong performance in this game. Curtis Porter, who often lined up over the center, was very strong as well. Anthony Chickillo was clearly the team's top pass-rushing threat in this game. Luther Robinson led the team with two sacks in the game.
Denzel Perryman was all over the field, and even picked off two passes. Coaches have been critical of his consistency this spring but he turned in a solid performance today.
The secondary was burned for several big plays but they actually provided quality coverage throughout the game. Antonio Crawford and especially Nate Dortch seemed to have really improved since last season.
Matt Goudis missed a long field goal but also continued showing off his big leg.
Stay on CanesTime for more analysis of the spring, including position-by-position breakdowns, in the coming days.