First scrimmage on tap today

THE FIRST OFFICIAL SCRIMMAGE of the spring is slated to take place today. While officials will be present, it's not expected to be a lengthy affair based on what Mike Riley has been saying. But it should allow a number of players vying for starting spots and/or significant playing time the chance to show what they can do when it's live, full contact.

Scrimmages are counted as official if they last half or more of the practice time but Mike Riley has professed a reluctance to do too much full contact, so how long the Beavs go today at full speed is anyone's guess.

But for players like sophomore DE Kevin Frahm, who came into the spring atop the depth chart at right end, it's a chance to help solidify himself in the starter's role.

At other positions, such as cornerback, there's a logjam of players battling for a starting role. Tim Clark would seem to have the left spot battened down but Patrick Henderson, James Dockery and Brandon Hardin, and potentially Keynan Parker, would all seem to be in the mix at right cornerback.

Hardin (quadriceps) and Henderson (ankle) might be held out of the scrimmage -- that means Dockery has an opportunity available to shine. And Parker might also get the chance to turn heads if those two sit out.

On the offensive line, it would be a great time for Timi Oshinowo to break out at left tackle.

The 6-6 junior has been getting an earful from line coach Mike Cavanaugh of late but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Coaches have been known to get after most the guys they see a lot of unrealized potential in.

At linebacker, Dwight Roberson and Keith Pankey should each have a chance to display their wares at the weakside spot.

Watching receivers Casey Kjos and Jordan Bishop today, as well as safeties Cameron Collins, Lance Mitchell and Suaesi Tuimaunei, should also make for compelling storylines.

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