Random Thoughts on: Spring Drills

Spring is the time when backups sometimes make a claim for <b>starting slot consideration</b>.<br><br> We're seeing a little of that this Spring in Evanston - <b>Northwestern</b> underclassmen are making their bids for this Fall and the Future.<br><br> But daCoach wishes they could crank up all those yards against the whole first team defense...<br>

What's troubling about all the great Offensive News..
Is that C.J. Bacher`, Brandon Roberson and Brett Basanez are running up all those passing and rushing yards against a very depleted defense, and that should worry Cat fans heading into the Fall.

While fans saw some great offense, all of that yardage was rung up without Loren Howard, Jeff Backes and the 3 projected starting linebackers [Tim McGarigle, Nick Roach, and Adam Kadela] on the field.

You look at the numbers and you can make a great case for a shuffle in the backfield - then you stop and consider that NU's linebackers make a lot of the stops on the running game, and in its present form, the D-Line is missing its top pass rusher.

However, it is also good to see Nathan Shanks name there among the runners - you always like a former walk-on to be rewarded, and to show just how good he could be.

One last thought on the QB situation - Baz is running the offense without his two favorite receivers - Mark Philmore and Jonathan Fields. Put them back on the field and watch Baz' numbers climb up there with Bacher's.
The guy who has to be totally frustrated is Terrell Jordan.
This was his Spring to show just how good a rusher he was, and to take "the Guy" mantle from Noah Herron. He's annointed the new back, then pulls a hamstring, and has to watch as all the backups continue to impress the coaches.

In Kenosha he'll have to prove himself again, and fend off those two quick frosh to boot.

Spring Game is Saturday! As Ben Stein would say, "Stay tuned - it could be brutal."
-- da Coach

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