Still no live action for the media, so any new information is somewhat limited. Dante Hall was spending some time with freshman Speedy Noil on punt returns. R.C. Slocum and Shawn Slocum were out at practice. Shawn brought his wife and two kids, with the boy wearing a Green Bay Packers shirt. Also, talk about a blast from the past, former wide receiver and track star Danny McCray was on the sidelines.
Several players returned to practice after resting up a week. Most notable was Jaquay Williams. Jarvis Harrison warmed up with the team and worked out on the side. Sumlin said afterward that Harrison would be at 100% this summer, and that sounds about right based on how he moved today.
In receiver drills, Speedy Noil again makes it look so easy. He made an over the shoulder blind catch without missing a beat and does it so fluidly and effortlessly. I also like what I've seen from JUCO WR Josh Reynolds. He could stand to put on 10 pounds of muscle mass, but he has above average hands and moves well. Plus, he looks taller every time I see him. I think he's north of 6-foot-3.
Alex Sezer has joined Noel Ellis at nickel back. I'm wondering about Ellis' small frame for the nickel spot, but the staff seems to like him there.
It's hard to take much away from the DL at this point, with so many pieces like Isaiah Golden, Ivan Robinson, Daeshon Hall, and freshman sensation Myles Garrett not participating. Maybe it was just me, but it looked like Zaycoven Henderson put on body weight during spring break. He looked huge on Tuesday...almost too wide in the lower body. A veteran that seems to have filled out quite a bit is junior-to-be DE Julien Obioha. He's much bigger than he was a season ago, and I think he's getting big enough to play DE in a 3-man set if needed.
Sumlin confirmed my observations from a couple of weeks ago...Reggie Chevis has excelled in run support this spring, but still struggles in pass coverage. As I told you, his issues in coverage are physical because his hips are very, very tight and he has troubles rolling his hips in coverage. Jordan Mastrogiovanni is getting love from the staff these days which signals that he may have the inside track at the inside LB spot.
One interesting note...during receiver warm-up drills, Ricky Seals-Jones was working with a back-up center and Coach Banks on shifts and going in motion from the tight end/flex slot spot. It was just the three of them for quite some time. Asked about that after practice, Coach Sumlin said Seals-Jones approached the staff about cross-training at the tight end position.
Here was the OL rotation today. Preferred walk-on Ryan Lindblade returned to the practice field after missing the previous week and he went back to his usual second team left tackle spot, moving J.J. Gustafson back to the scout team. Sumlin had high praise for Germain Ifedi's play so far at the right tackle spot. That in combination of the solid guard play of Joseph Cheek and the eventual return of Jarvis Harrison might mean Ifedi's move to tackle could be permanent.
RT - Germain Ifedi
RG - Joseph Cheek
C - Mike Matthews
LG - Garrett Gramling
LT - Cedric Ogbuehi
RT - Avery Gennesy
RG - Jermaine Eluemunor
C - Ben Compton
LG - Jeremiah Stuckey
LT - Ryan Lindblade
Hop's Spring Practice Report - Day 6
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