A recap of some of the more well-read and/or newsworthy blogs and stories from the past week. Thanks for your readership. I’m curious to see what the next week will bring.
Skov actually learned the game in Mexico, when he and his brother (Shayne, who was an All-American linebacker at Stanford and is on the roster of the 49ers) joined a local team after moving there. The field has proved to be an expression of himself. Ken Mills, Skov’s high school coach at the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, said that Skov was “one of the hardest-nosed kids I coached” in 30 years on the sidelines.
Christian Matthews is unranked by Rivals, but reports offers from N.C. State, Rhode Island and Temple, among others.
(Offensive line coach Mike) Sewak wants to assemble a seven- or eight-man group that can rotate and “go ahead and give us all they’ve got for as long as they’ve got.” Two strong candidates are center Andrew Marshall, a sophomore and Trey Klock, a redshirt freshman.
Georgia Tech right tackle Errin Joe’s audition tape to replace Jamal Golden.
“You’re trying to hit a number and you’ve got to have some balance among your varsity slots for depth situations, but so much of it, also, special-teams value is a huge consideration,” defensive coordinator Ted Roof said.
The list of players who played as first-year freshmen is impressive, including 12 players (including Cooper Taylor, who later transferred) who signed NFL contracts. That’s out of 25 players (freshmen up through 2011, not counting three whose eligibility is not complete.)
“Their scheme fits my style, and I like their academics, too,” said Javon Jackson, defensive back from Sandy Creek.
“It’s real possible,” coach Paul Johnson said Monday after practice. “If we played today, he’d start, with Mike (Summers) out.”
Coach Paul Johnson said Devine “did much better.” It hardly means the competition is over, but Johnson was noticeably encouraged by what he saw from Devine.
“The second scrimmage (this past Saturday) was a lot better,” he said. “Got a lot of things corrected as far as cutting and knowing my assignments and going fast.”
The week’s stories and blog posts