-Mike Manuel is going to be our #1 RB at the end of the year. This kid did a great job of keeping his feet moving and was tough to take down all day. He displayed great shiftiness and speed and held onto the ball. Took a lot of hits and has great power in his lower body. He is really shifty but doesn't dance (which i love) and he impressed me more today than he has all spring. The more the kids hit, the more and more this kid looks like a uber-steal. great kid who i am excited to see manning the backfield come this fall.
Trey also looked pretty good, doing his best Marshawn at times. I like the way he runs and he showed some good power and quick feet. glad to see him healthy again. CDJ looked OK, ran too much laterally and danced a little to much for my taste (and Teddy's). Isi failed to impress me. Teddy was furious at him for getting tackled 1v1 in the open field and he just isnt looking like the man i want our team to rely on. great spot back and H-back type player but i think he may be limited to just that.
Bridgford looked like he will be our man for the next couple of years. If he doesn't win over Teddy's heart before the season- he will be starting by the time we are in a bowl game (if not sooner)
Our Defense is going to dominate the pac-12. Cecil Whiteside and Gabe King will have monster years. Both kids looked great out there on an already stout defense. Avery Walls looked every bit as advertised today flying around and knocking some kids around. With Cattouse and DJ manning the safety spots, look for him to play in the nickel and with the 2's.
Hopefully for those of you who went you witnessed what i have been saying over the past month or so. Manuel is the legit, Avery is a stud, Cecil will be a beast, our WRs will be BEASTS this year with Kiseau back, and Bridg looks like our man. You can take my word for whatever you think it is worth but know you are getting an honest, unbiased, and legitimate football perspective. I really hope our team plays to our strengths and becomes a Defensive powerhouse that relies on a strong running game. I would love if we could become the Alabama of the Pac-12. We have a stalwart defense and our running game will be solid come fall. If we play to these strengths our team will be a 9-4 team trending up.
Let's hope Spencer Hagan is ok. The kid had a MONSTER practice snagging all sorts of balls (one was 1-handed) but took a shot towards the end of practice and was taken to a hospital after. Keep him in your prayers y'all.