Monday, 22 August 2011 00:22

Camp Chatter #5 - QB's, Injuries, and Freshmen

Written by Jay Beck
Septberm 3rd is fast approaching and no longer will stadiums look like this. Septberm 3rd is fast approaching and no longer will stadiums look like this.

Texas Longhorns

Texas has yet to say anything publicly about the quarterback.  With just two weeks to go until the season opener, many believed freshman David Ash has edged ever so slightly ahead of the race.  Whether that's the case or not, reports coming out of Texas' second scrimmage of the fall were that Gilbert received the bulk of the snaps with the first team offense and looked the best of the four contenders.  This from the Austin Statesman.

Sources told Hookem that the junior from Lake Travis fared better Friday than sophomore Case McCoy and freshman David Ash. Those appear to be Gilbert's primary competitors, after redshirt freshman Connor Wood reportedly saw relatively minimal action near the end of the scrimmage.

Whether or not the race has been decided is yet to be determined, however.

One source told Hookem that while Gilbert had the best showing Friday night, "the gap is very close" between him, Ash and McCoy.

So who will it be?  The guess here is Gilbert but rest assured, Mack Brown isn't going to suffer through another 5-7 season if his quarterback is completing 59% of passes and throwing 17 interceptions like he did last season.  Either Ash or McCoy will be up in the bullpen should Gilbert struggle early in the season.

Kansas Jayhawks

Turner_Gill2By all accounts coming out of Lawrence during fall camp, the KU offense should be much improved over the 2010 version.  Let's hope so.  Kansas averaged a paltry 17.1 points per game last season.

Redshirt freshman Brandon Bourbon and true freshman Tony Pierson both had strong showings in the KU scrimmage over the weekend.  This is on top of James Sims and Darrian Miller who will likely be the first two backs to see the field when KU opens the season.

“I think it just solidifies what we’re talking about,” Gill said. “We have a good, solid core of running backs that are going to help our football team this year. You need quite a few of those guys because they’re going to get banged up during the course of the season.

The strong running game will also be helped out by an much improved Jordan Webb, in practice at least, who was officially named the starting quarterback earlier in the week.

Texas A&M Aggies

Every team this time of year gets hit with the injury bug to a certain extent following as two-a-day practices wind down.  Texas A&M is no different.  Wide receivers Jeff Fuller, Kenric McNeal and running back Christine Michael all sat out Saturday's scrimmage.  They were joined on the sideline by defensive players Tony Jerod-Eddie, Sean Porter, Terrence Frederick and Lionel Smith.

"We're a pretty banged up team -- nothing that's going to keep anyone out of any action, but [it's] just keeping them out of getting reps in practice. Jeff hasn't practiced a lot, and Cyrus didn't practice until yesterday. I'm anxious to get those guys back," Mike Sherman said.

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill also had his first subpar day of camp.  It's hard to blame the guy though who was missing a couple of his best receivers.  "He's been on so much for so long, he was bound to have a day when he just wasn't 100 percent on," Sherman said. "He's had four straight days of just unbelievable ball location."

Oklahoma State

Bill_Young_Ok_StThe Oklahoman over the weekend identified which true freshman might see action for the Cowboys this fall.   It wasn't surprising to see guys like Josh Steward and Hershel Sims on the list.

Another freshman on the list is defensive tackle James Castleman.  The Oklahoman starts of its analysis by stating "it's a rarity when a freshman cannot only play, but produce on the interior defensive front."

Yeah, that's an understatement.  Granted, I've never seen the kid play but he must be quite a player who defensive coordinator, Bill Young" is very high on, “Castleman is playing better than we thought he would at this time. He'll definitely be playing,”

This is probably good and bad.  Great to have a stud freshman ready to play.  Bad to have to play a stud freshman on the defensive front.  He'll be one guy worth keeping an eye on once the Cowboys' season gets rolling to see how much he plays and how he holds up when he does.

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