and it will probably be hard to evaluate the team this year because of all the injuries, but here's what we at Purple Reign will be watching during the game [we put numbers in brackets to make it a little easier to track them]...The Spring Game starts at Noon - we'll be prowling the parking lot early, with our big coffee cup, looking for folks - I'll be the guy in the Purple shirt.
Of course that assumes that there will be a game outside - the weather forcast for Evanston suggests we might see another practice inside - with all of regular game stuff outside. They don't like to tear up Ryan Field if its wet, but anyway... + How is the left side of the O-Line performing?
There are two "newbies" starting over there - Joe Tripodi  and Dylan Thiry , earlier in the spring NU's defensive ends were slowing down plays runnng to the left - have they picked up the pace and the blocking schemes over there.+ Will C.J. Bacher` put a lot of pressure on Brett Basanez ?
No there isn't a QB controversy - yet. But if C.J. puts on an offensive show, he's going to push Baz play even harder, [remember how Baz outplayed Tony Staus in a spring game as a frosh, and took the QB job for good?]+ Who is "the Guy" and who backs him up?
Nathan Shanks  started the spring as the #2 back - with Brandon Roberson , Akeem Hunter  and Gerard Hamlet  trailing behind, but all three have impressed during the scrimmages [maybe a tribute to the O-Line?] and Shanks will be fighting to retain his #2 slot and maybe get consideration as #1.+ Backup Receivers - With the expected starting 3 wearing orange, who will step up and challenge?
This could be the year for Joseph Ferguson  to try to break into the rotation. T.J. Jones  and Sam Cheatham should also try to make a little noise.+ How does Vince Clarke  fit in?
And will he avoid the kinds of injury this off season and be ready to contribute. He's been playing most of the Spring [altho he's reported to have some minor problems], he's an awfully big guy to have on the sidelines, unavailable to play.+ How do the O-Line Backups look?
see Vince Clarke above, and then evaluate the play of Austin Matthews , Adam Crum  and Joel Belding . NU is probably deeper on the O-Line in a long time.+ Is NU going to use the Tight End and R-Back more?
Former QB Chris Malleo  has impressed everyone with his play out of the backfield as a slot back, and Frayne Abernathy  has caught more than his share of passes from Tight End. Then there's Erryn Cobb who is impressive carrying the ball - when he catches it.I'm sure there are more questions to answer - you can post them on the Purple Boards and I'll see if I can get an answer...
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