Spring Game Pregame Intel - Defense

OK, its Offense against Defense in the Spring Game.<br> <br> Here's what we'll be looking for during the game....

This one is going to be a situational scrimmage - a modified version of "Randyball"
We'll probably see lots of sets, and lots of different plays but the Defense just might be the more interesting story.

1. Who wins the starting middle linebacker slot?
There were 3 candidates as the Spring started: #44 RS Soph Erryn Cobb, # 43 Soph Adam Kadela, and #42 RS Frosh Demetrius Eaton.

There are reports that Cobb has been running at H-Back a bit this Spring, but the last word out of Evanston was that there's still a 3 way battle for the middle, and maybe that battle goes all the way to game one! Nobody guessed that Pat Durr's shoes would be so hard to fill, and the guys trying to do that are apparently very evenly matched.

2. Who will make up the starting D-Line?

and where will they be playing?

I'd be surprised if #66 Jr Loren Howard plays at all -- he's recovering from his ankle surgery, and while you can see he's itching to get on the field, he also doesn't need to tear up something in the Spring Game.

That leaves the rest of the D-Linemen, who just might be shuffled around by the new D-Line coach Eric Washington.

The official Spring 2 Deep had #97 Sr Colby Clark out at the other DE slot and last year's DE, #67 Barry Cofield lining up inside - back at DT. It should be interesting to track just where they do play, but I'd expect a lot of 3-4 Saturday.

I'm also watching for more appearances by the younger guys - #72 RS Fr David Ngene, #53 Soph Trevor Schultz, # 56 Soph Ryan Keenan, and #92 Jr David Thompson all  have some playing time and are being evaluated by the new coach. They probably won't be able to hit the QBs, but they will certainly get in Baz' and Chris' face.

3. Is # 12 Derrell Jenkins the new "other" safety.

Did he manage to beat out #21 RS Soph Bryan Heinz? Apparently there are now 4 decent safeties playing for the Wildcats although #8 Sr Dominique Price probably has one job locked down, however, there is now some depth back there.

4. What about Cornerback?

There are 4 back there - #33 Sr Marvin Ward should be the driving force, but this should be the year that #28 Jr Jeff Backes starts to really play the position.

Then there are two guys knocking on the door; #6 Cory Dious and # 20 Marquice Cole. I also would rule out an appearance or two by some of the younger guys -- we did see # 22 RS Frosh Deante Battle getting a few reps early.

Overall, this is a year when the Cats only have to replace 2 guys on Defense, but as Coach Walker always says, every position is always up for grabs. Watch for guys to step up and show their talent Saturday afternoon.
That's the 4 things I'll be watching on Defense Saturday. As they said on NU Sports
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We'll probably see lots of sets, and lots of different plays but the Defense just might be the more interesting story.

1.
There were 3 candidates as the Spring started: #44 RS Soph , # 43 Soph , and #42 RS Frosh .

There are reports that Cobb has been running at H-Back a bit this Spring, but the last word out of Evanston was that there's still a 3 way battle for the middle, and maybe that battle goes all the way to game one! Nobody guessed that 's shoes would be so hard to fill, and the guys trying to do that are apparently very evenly matched.

and where will they be playing?

I'd be surprised if #66 Jr Loren Howard plays at all -- he's recovering from his ankle surgery, and while you can see he's itching to get on the field, he also doesn't need to tear up something in the Spring Game.

That leaves the rest of the D-Linemen, who just might be shuffled around by the new D-Line coach .

The official Spring 2 Deep had #97 Sr out at the other DE slot and last year's DE, #67 lining up inside - back at DT. It should be interesting to track just where they do play, but I'd expect a lot of 3-4 Saturday.

I'm also watching for more appearances by the younger guys - #72 RS Fr , #53 Soph , # 56 Soph , and #92 Jr all  have some playing time and are being evaluated by the new coach. They probably won't be able to hit the QBs, but they will certainly get in Baz' and Chris' face.

3.
Did he manage to beat out #21 RS Soph Apparently there are now 4 decent safeties playing for the Wildcats although #8 Sr probably has one job locked down, however, there is now some depth back there.

4.

There are 4 back there - #33 Sr should be the driving force, but this should be the year that #28 Jr starts to really play the position.

Then there are two guys knocking on the door; #6 and # 20 . I also would rule out an appearance or two by some of the younger guys -- we did see # 22 RS Frosh getting a few reps early.

this is a year when the Cats only have to replace 2 guys on Defense, but as Coach Walker always says, every position is always up for grabs. Watch for guys to step up and show their talent Saturday afternoon.
That's the 4 things I'll be watching on Defense Saturday. As they said on NU Sports
Any other things you'd like to know about the D, post them on the Purple Boards -- I'll try to get you an answer.
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