Villamin back in action:
Wide receiver has been a thin group this spring, so thin that in some drills Andersen has elected to hold receivers out of certain drills to not overwork them.
The group received a boost this week with the return of Jordan Villamin who is back to full speed after he had been limited during the first half of spring ball.
“He moved his way through the protocol, through the training room,” Andersen said. “He’s put together a couple of good, solid back-to-back practices which is great to see, he made a couple of nice plays today in third-down situations.”
Villamin had a down year in his junior campaign finishing with only 21 catches, 253 yards and one touchdown. A steep drop off from the 78 catches, 1,238 yards and 11 touchdowns in had in his first two seasons.
“We need a great senior year out of Jordan,” Andersen said. “If we have that we will be a much better football team.”
One of the questions I have seen pop up in the Lodge is what’s up with Mason Moran?
Moran didn’t play in last Saturday’s scrimmage, and hasn’t received many reps in practice. Instead Jake Luton, Marcus McMaryion, Darell Garretson and Conor Blount have been the ones running the offense.
I asked Andersen how he had handled not getting a ton of reps, here’s what he said:
“Mason is a competitor, he’s a young kid at that position and he wants to battle. He’s handled it well on the outside, I’m sure on the inside he would love to get more reps. Any young man that’s not getting the reps probably gets a little bit frustrated. He’s got a line of communication with coach McGiven and I think it’s a tremendous relationship that they can go back and forth for all those quarterbacks, they have the ability to talk to a position coach and try to let the kids know where they are at. They don’t always agree with what we say we all understand that, but they do understand that this is a team and we are making the decisions that we think best suits the team as we move forward. He’ll continue to battle and fight, and he'll want more, which if you wouldn't want more reps, you are in the wrong spot. I respect him for that, but he’s handling the situation well."
Other Practice Notes :
- Jaylynn Bailey made a nice one-handed catch on a wheel route that resulted in a touchdown.
- Andre Bodden made a nice catch in traffic over the middle for 20 yards while absorbing a big hit from Jalen Moore. Jake Luton with the throw
- Quinn Smith with a big gain on corner route for 25 yards. Throw from Marcus McMaryion.
- O-line had trouble blocking for McMaryion, had to scramble quite a bit during his series.
- Shawn Wilson made multiple plays during the time available to the media, made a tackle behind the line of scrimmage, broke up multiple passes.
- One thing that I’ve noticed the past week or so is that the corners are typically the final position group off field. Players are getting extra coaching from Coach Hall. Today, Hall and Xavier Crawford were still working on techniques well after the media was done talking to Andersen.