Jake Spavital and the Bobcats finished their first full week of camp ahead of their opener at College Station. The quarterback race is yet to reach a climax, but Spavital likes where his QBs are through a week plus of practices, especially sophomore Tyler Vitt. Spavital expects the depth chart to solidify in the next four to five days, after which the ‘Cats start their formal preparation for Texas A&M.
Texas’ coach Tom Herman and DC Todd Orlando are replacing a chunk of their 2018 defense. Herman’s seen improvement in his linebacker play in particular but did notice that they struggle as the offense picks up the pace. Texas is attempting to create a gameday atmosphere at practice by keeping coaches off the field and forcing the young players to communicate and adjust on the fly.
Orlando is toying with a third-down defense that puts Malcolm Roach at nose with linebackers at defensive end and eight defensive back. If nothing else, he believes the look will confuse opposing quarterbacks. Orlando believes his defense is faster and more physical thanks to the offseason program.
The best way to describe Rice’s first fall scrimmage was a learning experience. Coach Mike Bloomgren described the day as sloppy overall, but he also views the film sessions that will come from it as invaluable. The offense and defense equally distributed the sloppiness. Bloomgren noted that personal foul penalties helped the offense keep drives alive on several occasions.
At quarterback Wiley Green is still the odds on favorite to start the season as Harvard transfer Tom Stewart tries to get his mind around the Owl offense. Rice is also experimenting with different offensive line groupings, including inserting Ouachita Baptist transfer Justin Gooseberry into the starting rotation at tackle.
Houston head coach Dana Holgorsen noted that his charges are drained after the first week of practices. Holgorsen blames those issues on a more intense coaching regiment and increased workload. Holgorsen believes the Cougars haven’t seen this level of intensity in the past three seasons. He thinks that’s the reason so many players are in the training room and not at practice.
Matt Wells’ squad is experiencing the dings and bruises of a fall camp. He views those injury fluctuations as an opportunity to see options down the depth chart and evaluate as reps distribute.
If you’re looking for a surprise in camp thus far it might be receiver Xavier White from Dodge City Community College. White missed the spring and most of the summer as he transferred in, but Wells singled him out as a guy that’s put himself in the conversation to get playing time. White is a graduate of Lubbock Monterey.
At UTSA the quarterback position is starting to look more and more like Frank Harris’ to lose. Frank Wilson told the media on Saturday that Harris is creating some distance from the rest of the quarterbacks. Up front, UTSA is shifting 2018 starting center Kevin Davis to guard where his athleticism might pay bigger dividends.
Judson freshmen Sincere McCormick and Rashad Wisdom are both turning heads at their respective positions. DC Jason Rollins said Wisdom is “not the normal freshman.” McCormick is doing some unique things with the football in his hands at running back as well. Expect to see both early for the Roadrunners.