Day 2 at the practice fields had me taking a look at the running back position. Last season signaled the emergence of Rodney Ferguson. As "Fergalicious" as known in some quarters proved that there is life after DonTrell Moore.
#21 Rodney Ferguson
Ferguson ended last season with 1309 yards on 252 attempts for an eye popping 4.9 average as he quickly played himself above the "three headed monster" that former Offensive Coordinator and current Tulane Coach Bob Toledo labeled Ferguson, Paul Baker, and Martelius Epps. Yet even with the accolades that Ferguson received last year he is still playing with the belief that if he let down even one bit Jr. Paul Baker or RS-Fr. Mike Love will take his spot, and you know what? Rodney is right! Baker is still a tough back with some speed and figures to get in on some game time and Mr. Love did earn some snaps last year prior to being injured, so "Fergalicious" best keep an eye out on the spring competition…
#6 Mike Love
Lobo super fullback Matthew Quillen is injured and not participating in the physical aspects of spring ball, but the Lobos answered quickly who "Q" back up will be as RS-Fr. Josh Fussell has stepped up and tried to fill the void of Quillen. You never want to take a player for granted, especially a hard hat wearer like Mr. Quillen, but it is nice to see Josh getting the lion's share of reps and making the most out of it. Fussell who also played tight end in high school and practiced there last season has good hands and catches the ball well out of the backfield. It will be interesting in the next few days as the pads go on to see his lead blocking ability.
While I tried to spend most of my time with the Coach Buzz Preston and the running backs today one-on-one drills and 7 on 7 really caught my attention and who better to catch your attention then #81 "Money in the bank" Travis Brown. Travis was putting on a route running, hands catching, "Money in the bank" clinic today. Also joining Mr. Brown at making those catches look so easy where the young fellas Chris Hernandez and Nicky Lawson. Lobo fans go down the depth chart of Brown, Smith, Jones Jr., Caprioli… but they shouldn't forget the tandem of Lawson and Hernandez as both were making receiving the ball today look easy.
RB Coach Buzz Preston
I meant to ask Coach Baldwin this question, with Blair Peterson being a lefty does that throw off practice much? Just something to ponder…
Offensive Player of Practice
Money in the bank! Travis Brown
Didn't matter who drew the coverage of #81 today, you were destined to be "posterized"
Defensive Player of Practice
#19 Glover Quin
This was a tough one as both Glover and Blake Ligon were making some nice plays today, in the end #19's coverage plays without pressure on the QB was very nice, not to mention that Glover was the only guy that didn't get toasted just about every time by Travis.
Chris Hernandez (Las Cruces Mayfield)
Hernandez just made it look easy. Whether catching the ball on the fly, coming back in windy conditions, or jumping up to snare the tough catch. Hernandez is a young man to watch out for the next 4 years.