Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Spring Practice Observations Week 2

The Chippewas have hit the outdoors in the last few practices, and hit the pads.

Not too much to mention, but I have been very impressed with the progression of Taylor Bradley thus far at cornerback. He is really moving to the ball and keeping up his speed with the receivers on deep-ball coverage. He had a nice interception in 7-on-7's today as well.

Kito Poblah is also improving a lot and I think he is eager to have his shot at being a regular starter with Joe Bockheim finishing his eligibility. Poblah continues to make impressive catches and he really seems to have great control of his body while in the air.

Rocky Weaver continues to handle most snaps at left tackle while Jake Olsen is getting a fair share of snaps at both tackle positions. Weaver and Olsen each need to add a good 30 pounds by fall to really be effective. Ultimately, if these two can put on weight, you could have them at both tackle positions with Jeff Maddux, Allen Ollenburger, and Colin Miller in the middle. Either way, there isn't a lot of depth at the O-line and that will be the biggest concern for CMU in the 2009 season.

On the injury front, Mike Repovz was in a shoulder sling today on his right arm. He had been practicing earlier, but I was unable to attend Sunday's practice, so something may have happened then.

Practice continues on Thursday and I will be interviewing Jeff Fantuzzi, Jason Johnson, and D.J. Scott for a story on the three early enrollees.



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