Just A Few Weeks Of Summer Remaining

I went to view the metabolics workout (football drills, 7-on-7, linemen drills) Monday night on the floor of a warm and toasty Boone Pickens Stadium. Attendance seemed virtually 100 percent as the only player I noticed was missing was red-shirt freshman wide receiver David Glidden. Glidden, I learned, was just released from an injury and will start running soon.

I did purposely look for Joe Mitchell as a rumor has been going around about the star linebacker from Katy (Morton Ranch), Texas possibly transferring. Mitchell was working out with the team and seemed fine. I also checked and there has not been any paperwork launched toward a transfer.

That is not uncommon for rumors to fly some this time of summer as fans are searching for anything to talk about and any new information. Mitchell has proven to be a very valuable player as a backup on defense and sometimes spot starter. He has also played a lot on special teams.

Speaking of the defense, you can't judge much without pads on, but in the 11-vs.-11 work in metabolics the defense looks good. Physically, they look really good. A lot of big arms and chest with flat bellies.

The linebacker corps, especially starters Shaun Lewis, Caleb Lavey and Alex Elkins, look really good. Cooper Bassett, Nigel Nicholas and Ryan Robinson certainly appear to have put in the physical work over the summer.

Quarterback J.W. Walsh said he really enjoyed the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodeaux, La.

"That is an interesting town," said Walsh before the practice started. "I did get to hang out for some of the after hours conversation. There were about 40 college quarterbacks there."

All three of the quarterbacks, including Walsh, threw the ball well. Wes Lunt continues to get bigger, and even more confident as he keeps all of his targets in position to make the catch.

I think you can expect a lot of competition at the receiver positions, and the newcomers are going to turn up the temperature on that position in August.

C.J. Curry, Brandon Shepherd, Blake Jackson, Blake Webb, Jhajuan Seales and Austin Hays could all be in the mix. Joe Randle and Jeremy Smith had their male football parade going and were competing with each other. It's a good dynamic and I expect it to continue as camp begins in August.

There are plenty of athletes in good shape thanks to the Rob Glass summer program. Now it comes down to seeing the offense and the defense come together. I like the chances of this team developing into a really good football team. It is not there yet, but I think the pieces are there and the work will need to continue once camp begins in less than three weeks.


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