Spaulding Roundup: Spring Football News & Notes

Over at WWL's Pac-10 blog, Ted Miller has a nice post up on "what to watch in the Pac-10 this spring." Here are his bullets on UCLA:

  • Is Kevin Craft, who hurled a school-record 20 interceptions last year, the quarterback? Perhaps a year in Norm Chow's system -- and an offseason to decompress -- will help Craft regain his mojo, but, if not, redshirt freshman Kevin Prince, sophomore Chris Forcier, who saw spot duty in 2008, and touted incoming freshman Richard Brehaut, who will participate in spring practices, will get a shot to unseat him. The Bruins just hope they won't get a repeat of last spring, when their top two quarterbacks -- Pat Cowan and Ben Olson -- went down to season-killing injuries.
  • While the recruiting class included a pair of marquee offensive linemen, coaches are probably hoping they can find answers for the beleaguered offensive front with the talent on hand. Two potential starters, however, guard Darius Savage (ankle) and tackle Mike Harris (foot) will miss spring practices. With that in mind, it will be mostly mix and match, with Sean Sheller returning from a knee injury that ended his 2008 season before it began getting a look at left tackle, while Nate Chandler will step in on the right side. Colorado transfer Kai Maiava will compete with Jake Dean at center, while Jeff Baca will move inside from tackle to guard. Micah Kia, Nick Ekbatani, JC transfer Ryan Young, juniors Sonny Tevaga and Brandon Bennett are also in the mix.
  • Senior cornerback Alterraun Verner and sophomore free safety Rahim Moore will lead a secondary that figures to get some help from the incoming recruiting class. That means players on hand this spring better make a statement quickly. In the mix at safety are Aaron Ware, Glenn Love and E.J. Woods, while Courtney Viney and Tony Dye are competing for the spot opposite Verner.

In case you missed it per Dohn Harris broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot last week. As he notes this probably means more reps for Nate Chandler (who should be more comfortable at OL this spring after making the switch last year) and perhaps Sean Sheller who is still working his way back from his injury this last off season. Other notes you might want to be aware of heading into spring football:

  • Apparently Prince has been 'looking good' in workouts per Dohn. I have to take that report with some grain of salt since we don't really know what he means by "looking good."
  • Coleman (per Dohn) might be shifted to fullback. This could make a lot of sense given the depth we will probably have at this position this spring. Remember we are getting Christian Ramirez back this season. We should have Milton Knox ready to go as well as Jonathan Franklin, who apparently did pretty well with the scout team last year. Plus there is Aundre Dean. So moving Coleman to fullback could enable Chow to have more offensive options at the same time on the field. Exciting stuff.

Lastly, Scott Wolf was still trying to make a mountain out of mole hill by pursuing the non story wrt to Toma and Te'o. Dohn had the latest here:

I know UCLA was willing to do almost anything to get Te'o, but I was also told Te'o was not always forthright with UCLA. At the end of the day Te'o and Toma were a package deal no matter what school they were heading to.
There's a reason Notre Dame offered Toma a scholarship a few weeks before signing day, and why Toma committed without taking a trip to South Bend, Ind.

Again there is nothing to see here even though Wolf is trying desperately to reestablish his cred following his whiffing on one recruiting prediction after another. It's not working. As Dohn notes above there is no real story here.

At the end of the day who cares if offering Toma meant UCLA would have had a better shot with Te'o. Given how Toma blew up during the season he more than justified Chow willing to take a chance on him as he was also ended up being recruited by few other schools and emerge as one of the best prospects out of Hawaii. All of the whining coming out Wolf is just an indication of how obsessed the Trojans and their media shills (no other way to describe Wolfe since he is a SuC grad) have become with UCLA's recruiting. We can't remember them being this obsessed during the previous coaching regime , so it means CRN and co is doing something right. Fun times.

Spring football gets started on April 2nd. Can't wait.


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