Winfield: The spring game was shortened to a spring half of football and we weren't able to see as much as we all had hoped. The fans got a simple taste of what was to come but it was enough to make me dread the upcoming summer months, a period I call "The Dead Time". You know, the time when you have absolutely no college sports and you just have a countdown until football.
From my POV, the defense got a little taste of how the offense felt during CPJ's first arrival on campus: a little sloppy and rough around the edges while trying to figure everything out correctly. The Groh-fense continues to be a work in progress. In the words of Brad Jefferson:
"When we were having missed assignments, that was our biggest problem. That's the biggest thing we're working on," the senior said. "It's important. We still run plays that don't work with our offense, but we run them to get the feel of it. We're not really trying to stop them. We're trying to get the (defense) down as a whole."
Bird, the spring game was a short one as the clouds decided to downpour upon the ATL just as the first half ended. I did however, enjoy watching Tevin Washington run around. He seems shifty and looks to be a competent backup. No matter what happens to him in the upcoming years, I feel he has developed rather well since he first arrived on campus as a freshman. What thoughts stick in your mind after watching our team suit up?
Bird: Relative lack of turnovers. I think there was only one fumble (Allen). Usually the Spring game is a bouquet of interceptions and fumbled pitches. Anyone that remembers the Chan years remembers the Spring game being about as fun as a root canal because the offensive effort was so putrid. We're to defenders popping running backs in the backfield and mistiming on the deep patterns. This season's Spring game felt different. The offense had a purpose.
The purpose was fueled by our backup quarterback competition. There were several guys out there openly competing for playing time as we've called upon the backup many times during CPJ's tenure.
Stephen Hill looks like he will be a big time threat. Tech fans know what a good receiver looks like and Hill looks like he'll be able to remediate the offense in lieu of Bay Bay's departure. And as a sophomore, that means we've got at least two seasons to watch Stephen grow into an All-ACC receiver like his predecessors in Calvin and Demaryius.
The most glaring defect initially on offense was the option developing to the edge. It seemed like pitches were late and the plays were getting blown up in the backfield. After the first quarter, timing improved but was definitely not up to Nesbitt standards.
Readers: What were your observations on Saturday?