- Constructing an offensive line that we feel comfortable with heading into preseason
- The progression of the Defense
- Special Teams, especially Kickers and Punters. [Quotes from NU Sports]
Just when we thought we'd figured it ALL out, here comes the final authority - the Spring Football Media Guide. Thanks to those who e-mailed me when it came out.
Some moderate shockers - Last year's backup QB Chris Maleo [So 6-2 220] is now a Fullback, leaving the way open for Redshirt frosh Chris Bacher`, [and those 3 true freshmen due in August.]. He's backing up the dual threat Frayne Abernathy [So 6-3 245] as #2 on the 2 deep.
Abernathy is also now backing up [another surprise] Erryn Cobb [Jr 6-1 255] at tight end. Looks like offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar is going to get the ball in Cobb's hands some how, some way.
Ryan Keenan [6-4 290] has found a home as the #1 right guard, right next to Zach Strief [6-7 335] replacing Matt Ulrich. As we thought Joe Tripodi [6-3 300] and Dylan Thiry [6-8 300] will take over on the left side of the O-Line. The oft injured Vince Clarke [6-5 305] is listed as #2 at left tackle.
Austin Matthews [6-5 285] and Joel Belding [6-3 300] are the backup guards for now.
Another "interesting Offensive listing is Nathan Shanks [5-11 220] at #2 running back. That has to be a bit of a wakeup call to the rest of the tailbacks - and don't forget the two guys moving in come August.
On Defense, there were few surprises - Barry Cofield [6-4 305] did move to tackle, and is joined by Trevor Schultz [6-2 285]. Both have big shoes to fill.
As expected David Ngene [6-3 270] got the nod at the other end.
Adam Kadela [6-2 235] will be given a shot at the Sam [Strong] LB, Nick Roach [6-2 230] will swing over to the weak side. Of course Mr. Tim McGarigle [6-1 235] will hold down the middle.
The only minor change in the secondary is that Reggie McPherson [6-1 190] will start out the Spring at Free Safety.
Purple Reign will be on the ground in Evanston Friday afternoon to check out practice and check out how these guys look as NU starts the 2005 season.
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