Lamarcus Joyner. Still a beast. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The 'Noles have been in pads for a few days. Here's what you need to know:
-Timmy Jernigan partially tore his MCL/meniscus and will be out for 4-6 weeks. Even if complications were to occur, he would still be expected back fully healthy for fall. The injury occurred when he was rolled up on.
-Josh Gehres also injured his knee. The kid cannot catch a break, though he wasn't in line for playing time even if healthy.
-Cam Erving looks good at tackle, so far. He has not yielded the starting job at left tackle. He certainly has the body and the athleticism of an offensive tackle, so there is hope this continues.
-Bryan Stork, who came in as a tight end with the intention of moving to center, is now at tackle. He is huge. I'd estimate that Stork has added 50 (good) pounds in his five semesters on campus.
Baseball: FSU plays Florida tonight in Jacksonville on the diamond.
Among top-15 teams in our FEI ratings last season, Florida State was the only one to produce an offensive or defensive unit ranked outside the top 50 (54th in OFEI). FSU was carried by its 10th-ranked defense throughout the year, especially down the stretch. We split scoring on every possession to the offense, defense and special teams units that was responsible for generating that value. During its final six games, FSU's defense manufactured nearly 60 points of its total scoring margin. The offense actually cost the Seminoles 14 points in the same span.
Will Muschamp’s update on Florida’s first spring scrimmage | Gator Bytes blog: University of Florida | The Palm Beach Post
Other than the spring game, nobody gets to watch the Gators’ scrimmages this spring, so the closest you can get is an update from coach Will Muschamp.
Hokies Must Rebuild the O-Line | The Key Play
One returning starter from a unit that was finally decent last year. The replacements, however, are somewhat experienced.
Nick Becton played almost as many snaps at left tackle as Andrew Lanier. Lanier and Becton rotated series in 2011, and there were times when Becton looked like the more dominant player. Michael Via played as much as a reseve could expect, filling in at tackle, guard and center. His versatility afforded him early playing time and experience. The coaches planned for David Wang to play, probably as much as Via, but a broken right foot sidelined him for most of the season. Georgia transfer and former blue chip recruit Brent Benedict is the favorite to fill the final spot at guard. It still remains to be seen if Benedict can overcome inexperience/injury and pickup the Hokies athletic blocking scheme.
First UM Canes spring scrimmage is history; Ryan Williams impresses; Injury report | Eye on the U
Basically, Williams is accurate but he has no arm. Miami can't possibly play him, because it would make their offense completely non-explosive.
Texas could have gone 10-3 last season if the offense had done just a little more
Defense wasn't the problem, but Manny Diaz's unit wants responsibility anyway
Double-digit win 2012 season is possible even with question marks at quarterback
"If we change the current format, would we play some games on campus or all games on neutral sites?"
"If some games are on campus, is that too much of a competitive advantage?"
"If all games are at neutral sites, would fans be able to travel to two games in a row?"
"How would teams be selected? By a committee, by the current ranking formula, or by a different formula?"
"When exactly would games be scheduled, considering finals, holidays and our desire to avoid mid-January games?"
Boise State heads to Big East in 2013, but this season brings similar schedule problems - CFB - ESPN
Brian Fremeau of Football Outsiders writes that while Boise State will escape to the Big East in 2013, this season still presents the same schedule challenges in the Mountain West.
Jackets’ Spring Centers on WR, NT, QB
Just the two most important positions when running the option and a 3-4 defense...
The Art Of The Interception: Good Hands And Randomness - Football Study Hall
A look at whether interceptions and passes broken up are random, or whether they are correlated from year to year.
One has to figure that every decision Larry Coker makes this fall should be made with 2013-14 in mind. Every projected offensive starter and all but possibly two or three projected defensive starters are still underclassmen, and while the schedule does include some likely wins, results do not necessarily matter in 2012. There are potential stars strewn throughout the roster -- Soza, Kam Jones, Marlon Smith, Brandon Reeves, Nic Johnston -- but "growing pains" will likely still be the theme of 2012. That said ... welcome to the party, UTSA. Looks like you will fit in just fine.
I cannot explain how excited I am that Bill's previews are back. I'm like Tebow excited.
It is reasonable to think that a solid defense, growing in experience, could keep UMass in quite a few conference games this fall. But whether they suffer through an 0-12 campaign or approach at least 3-4 wins will likely be determined by how quickly Pagel and the offense not only adapt to a new system, but also 12 games versus FBS competition.
I am not particularly optimistic about 2012, but one has to be impressed with the moves Molnar has made to date. He has assembled a quality staff, he will likely engineer offensive competence within a year or two, and lord knows he has plenty of ambition and confidence to go around. The future is intriguing for UMass, even if 2012 will be largely forgettable.