Random Thoughts: More Spring Football

Coach Roy got to talk to a whole bunch of folks during the Spring Game, in the stands, in Wildcat Alley, and on the field afterwards. Here's a few observations as we all work on analyzing the tapes...

More Rumbles from the Spring Game:
  • More than a few fans have heard that Deante Battle will be back this summer and settle the "other" CB issue in Kenosha. I hope that's true, altho our CB crew looked better [3 picks] than they have in a long time - even D-back Coach Jerry Brown was smiling after the game.
  • NU showed the traditional 2 back [TB/FB] offense a few times, but without the two big starting tackles and Sutton, any running game [besides the QB scrambles] would look weak -- it did -- Roberson did crash the line inside for 3-4 yards most of the time.
  • The words I heard most from some of the offensive assistants were, "I've got to look at the tapes."
  • DC Greg Colby would like to run the 3-4 more, but most of the defensive orange shirts Saturday were linebackers -- we saw a lot of the backups. The DE's did pick on the tackles a lot, and got a pass decent rush going.
  • Fitz told me that the spring was great because the injuries set up a real battle for all of the LB spots. The real issue in Kenosha just might be for starting Linebacker, not QB.
  • The middle 3 O-Line starters really pushed the middle of the D-Line around. The return of Rees, and his abilities in the middle, really made all the QBs look good, there were giant holes in the middle when they got that 3-4 yard push going. All 3 QBs were able to scramble inside for long gains.
  • The defense is considered to be well ahead of last year, one assistant pointed out to me that the Cat's D really got better as the season progressed last year, and this spring they really picked up where they left off in December.
Recruiting
  • There was a huge number of prospects [and signees] at the game - At times I couldn't talk to some of the coaches on the field because of the amount of recruiting that was taking place. I suggest we all review the recruiting rules on the NU Sports site - the Cats are getting very picky about "booster" contact.
  • You can't talk specifics with the staff, but they seem excited about recruiting so far this Spring. Don't be surprised if some of the "top tier" guys commit to NU earlier than usual.
  • They decided to use the entire month of May to go on evaluation trips, etc. It gives everyone a chance to digest the Spring and get rested for some long road trips.
Some Basketball Rumbles
I talked with a fan who is very close to the basketball probram - you have no idea how much the commit from Mike Capocci means to recruiting, especially after David Booker decided to head to Charlotte.

Capocci has apparently become very vocal in his desire to recruit other top players from Chicago so the Cats can finally get to the NCAA tournament but just his presence on the NU commit list early has opened the door to several other top junior players considering the Wildcats for 2007.

The basketball coaches will be busy making the rounds of the AAU tournaments for the next few months, but all of the signees [and Nikola Baran] are expected on campus this summer so they can get used to campus and maybe do some pickup play too.

Something to think about: the Annual "Coaching Carousel" may have cut loose a few top prospects who may now look at the Wildcats. I heard that NU's list of recruitees has grown as the number of unemployed coaches has increased.

I also discussed the "loss" of Booker with one knowlegeable fan. He seems to have early pro aspirations, so I guess he feels he'll get that chance in Charlotte.
-- da Coach

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