I agree, I like what I saw. The McLaurin touchdown he gave up wouldn't have been held up during a review and in reality he had tight coverage on him.
I watched Burrell closely yesterday and thought he played good, arguably great. He stone-walled Lewis on more than once occasion in pass protection and aside from Barrett's interception he more than held his own.
Alex Gleitman reported ~week ago that insiders at the WHAC said when they go to nickel Arnette is going to slide inside and Sheffield is staying on the outside.
I think Jordan Fuller is clearly ahead of Smith right now. Fuller has been taking first team reps for about a week and got the start yesterday.
Burrell started with the first team offense yesterday while Knox started with the 2nd team, and looked quite good aside from the Barrett pick. I'm not sure why Knox is the presumed leader after his academic issue coming up and Burrell getting the first crack on Saturday.
There was a recent picture of him on crutches again following a practice this spring FWIW.
The staff has been recruiting Matthew Jones for offensive line too. This becomes an even more curious situation to monitor because all signs are pointing him to Ohio State.
Your confidence in Gant not committing to Notre Dame is the the only thing from making me worried about him. So thank you.
While those teams might not take him, I agree with your underlying point. This is a player that other B1G teams need to land to be more competitive. Northwestern, Maryland, Iowa, etc... needs to stop losing this kind of talent to Kentucky.
Interesting quote left out was Smith plans to rotate 6 players again this year- 2 at H, 2 at X, and 2 at Z. That includes: Campbell, McClaurin, Hill ,Victor, Mack, and Dixon.
I despise the idea of rotating players just to rotate them. There was no reason to not have Brown and Samuel on the field at all times last year, and especially Thomas the year before that. If they need a breather than fine, but stop splitting reps close to 50/50. Play your best.
Honestly surprised they didn't experiment with this last year, but another year of development makes sense to roll it out now. Hubbard and Holmes specifically have the athleticism to drop back in coverage if we play them at OLB to disguise different looks.
I would tremble seeing Hubbard, Lewis, Jones, Bosa, and Holmes looking at me on 3rd and long...
Sounds like someone could benefit getting under coach Mick's tutelage! What a monster of a high-schooler though.
That probably doesn't bound well for our recruitment of him considering the staff has questions about his ability to stay at WR. His performance today could go a long way in swaying that perception.
This site is amazing- I come here to post the news and after being 18 minutes late its already got 5 comments.
I think its fair to say we have a very good shot of landing at least 6 of these players.
Parsons, Cook, and Mitchell are 50/50 and then there is the inevitable recruiting surprise for a couple others.
Your colleague stated pretty bluntly the other day that Gant wouldn't be signing with Notre Dame. Difference of opinion I assume?