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March 13, 2013
As spring practice entered day ten, positions were still up for grabs for the Bulldogs and coaches are starting to see who emerges as the best player for each spot as position battles continue to heat up.
Uncertainties continue on both sides of the ball as linebackers continue to be evaluated, the offensive line is still looking for a cohesive unit and a replacement at running back has yet to be solidified.
Injuries have given players a chance to get more reps in spring ball and make the most of the opportunity. One of those positions in particular is at running back where the leading candidate Marteze Waller fell to injury early and has made way for backs such as Darryl Cash and Josh Quezada.
The running back position has been an a group that has definitely gotten attention this spring and Offensive Coordinator Dave Schramm has taken notice to the competition and likes what he sees from the running game thus far.
"We still have to look for a guy that runs the ball whether it's one guy or two guys," Schramm said.
"I feel good about it, I feel like we have a good group."
Schramm said that each back has a certain role and are fitting to where they are plugged into the offense. The back that has impressed Schramm is Cash whose versatility has become valuable.
"Cash has done a great job and he's a smart guy," Schramm said. "You can play him in the slot, you can play him in the backfield and when you come out here and watch he's a guy on offense that makes a lot of plays."
As Cash and the other backs try to fill a role in the backfield that has been held by Bulldog greats Ryan Mathews and Robbie Rouse in recent years, Cash feels the group is doing well to be productive.
"I think we are doing pretty well right now," Cash said. "We are taking it one day at a time and I feel like every day we are getting better."
The competition is one that is sure to be going on through the summer and Cash said he's taking the steps to be the guy carrying the ball on Saturday after spending most of last year adjusting to the offense.
"I show up working every day," Cash said. "I'm working out in the weight room and I'm trying my best to help out my team."
And while mistakes have been an issue for the offense at times in the spring, Cash believes the team is on its way.
"We still got some stuff to work at," Cash said. "But overall I feel like we are starting to get on the same page."
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