A-Day Notes and Observations (Kinda)
Before you read them, just know that I had to listen to a radio stream since ESPN3 dropped the CSS coverage at the last minute, which angered many, including myself. These are things I picked up off the radio stream, and things I picked up elsewhere.
– Kiehl seems well improved, playing with a lot of confidence and makes the right decisions. From what I’ve read off message boards, he’s thrown some damn good balls. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t the starter come Clemson.
– Blakely seems to be making a push to be the featured back. Still unsure whether it will be a committee look or a featured back role. Seemed shifty and made some big plays, including a third quarter touchdown.
– Emory Blake looks like Emory Blake. Always reliable to make 90% of his catches.
– Kris Frost made a few nice plays, showed good signs early on.
– The defensive line as a whole seems good, which only bodes well for this defense. The ends were getting a lot of pressure, even the backups.
– The tackling (in the secondary especially) seems more consistent. Which is only a good thing.
– Corey Grant looked good at times, playing the big back role. Scored a touchdown.
– Patrick Miller blocked well at times, though struggled with the pass rush occasionally.
– Steven Clark’s leg still looks like it was cloned off a horse.
– Zeke Pike got a lot of time with the second unit. Not sure what this means for Mosely, as Loeffler indicated yesterday that Clint was in fact healthy.
– Sammie Coates is inconsistent catching the ball, which is something that was suggested throughout spring practice. But has a lot of room to grow.
– Trovon Reed made a few nice deep catches, which is nice, because we need a pure deep threat.
– Jay Prosch is a fridge, but you knew that already – I hope.
– Overall, defensively, the fundamentals are there. The guys are in position, flying to the ball, and making tackles. It makes me giddy inside. And as far as I’m concerned, the defence beating the offence is a good thing (even though the offence won). We may have a long way to go, but I have no doubt that the unit has improved.
– Offensively, we have a lot of weapons at our disposal. Spring practice is almost over, and I’m already excited for fall practice. Bring on 2012.