Hey folks, ready to talk about football? Probably not, with Championship #8 still swinging from being hung. Well if you watched the game, then you probably saw football coach Joker Phillips in attendance, and hopefully something rubbed off on him.It’s been awhile since you heard anything about football, but there hasn’t exactly been an avalanche of news while you were gone. Coach Phillips has elected to close spring practices except for the scrimmages. And his interviews have been less than forthcoming. Which is understandable to an extent after Joker pumped his team up all off-season last year and was vilified by fans when they underachieved.
Former RB Marcus Caffey is officially a CB now and is competing for playing time. Coaches have already discussed the advantages of having Caffey’s big body against SEC receivers. He is battling Eric Simmons for playing time behind Cartier Rice and Eric Dixon. Expect at least two of the freshmen to earn playing time this fall.( My guess would be Fred Tiller and Jonathan Reed) Senior Martavius Neloms is, for now, still a starting safety.
It appears that JUCO Kory Brown is going to play linebacker, not the hybrid position vacated by Winston Guy as everyone had assumed. Former RB and S Miles Simpson is the heir-apparent to Guy. He certainly showed up to spring practice looking the part. Simpson is a special athlete that has, hopefully, found a home. Josh Forrest , another gifted athlete who doesn’t exactly fit a potion profile, is currently listed behind Miles on the depth chart.
The defensive coaches have been very satisfied with installing the schemes for the second year. Last year they spent much more time teaching concepts and it slowed practice down, thus reducing repetitions. With a year of experience, the players can think and play faster.