Midterm Freshman (HS senior) Updates – Biggest transition is on the offensive line and right now both Mason Walters and Thomas Ashcraft are just trying to have everything slow down for them, due to the complicated nature of the positions. The coaches still believe that Walters can contribute at all five positions on the offensive line, but believe Walters can best learn through repetitions at guard, before eventually moving out to tackle. Alex Okafor is drawing rave reviews early as is Marcus Davis in more limited reps. Kyle Kriegel is playing both end and tackle. Tariq Allen is primarily playing MIKE linebacker, but he is also contributing at SAM linebacker and the rush end position.
Practice Schedule – The team has already finished three workouts as a team. The first two were in shorts and open to the public last weekend while the third was in pads but did not include tackling. Friday afternoon's workouts are in full pads today with a scrimmage planned on Saturday after position drills. The team has two more practice sessions before Spring Break - one on Monday and a big scrimmage on Wednesday to finish the sessions scheduled before Spring Break. The remaining eight spring practices will start the week after Spring Break and run until the Spring Game on April 5.
John Chiles – Chiles played wide receiver for two years and none at running back in high school, so no one expects Chiles to contribute at running back. Chiles is working hard at wide receiver. Chiles has told people that he wants to get down to 205 pounds from his current 215. He will be given a chance to return kickoffs this spring.
Jordan Shipley Update - Shipley is already getting close to being able to return to the spring workouts with the team, but Coach Brown said that they will hold him out just to be safe. Shipley is still slated to return punts with Curtis Brown as his back-up.
Injury update – Back-up tight end Josh Marshall now looks like he will wear a green jersey indicating no contact for the entire spring. Initially, it was thought that Marshall might be able to work in contact drills after the midpoint break.
D.J. Monroe will be limited in practices by Coach Brown to allow for him to focus on his academics.