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March 18, 2013

Monday Practice Insider




With only a couple of spring practices remaining, the Bulldogs spent Monday tuning up for their annual spring scrimmage which is less than a week away.

Referees were called out once again as situational work was on tap for today's practice.

Starters only took about 20 snaps today, as the second and third teams handled the bulk of the snaps as Tim DeRuyter is still looking for consistency beyond his starters.

"We know what they are capable of, they've had a good spring," DeRuyter said. "We really wanted to get a lot of younger guys some reps."

The backup quarterback situation continues to be something that DeRuyter has his eyes on. While he said last week that it's a position battle that is likely to continue into the fall, he liked the improvement he saw today even though he admitted there is still work to be done.

"They flashed making some plays today and that's progress from a week ago," DeRuyter said. "You'll see flashes of good things but then you'll see some very questionable decisions and we got to eliminate those or they're not going to be able to compete."

Another area that has been critical to solidify and coaches continue to try to fit the right pieces together is the offense line which lost a couple of starters last year. DeRuyter is optimistic that that they will get a unit they can rely on, but knows it will be a work in progress.

"I like how our guys are competing but we are not set by any stretch right now," DeRuyter said. "It probably won't set totally till the fall."

But as questions are yet to be answered, some positions groups have highlighted the spring and are looking like they will be a force once the season begins.

The running game took a huge hit with the departure of Robbie Rouse, however things are beginning to look up as backs like Marteze Waller, Josh Quezada, T.J. Thomas and Darryl Cash have each made statements during spring ball leaving multiple weapons for the offense to work with.

"Early on we weren't taking care of the ball very well, but we've shored that up and done a much better job." DeRuyter said. "We're probably not going to have one go to guy, it'll be a little bit more by committee this fall and I like our depth there."

But the group that DeRuyter has really been impressed with in their development and their growth is the defensive line led behind Tyeler Davison, Nikko Motta and Andy Jennings, which he believes could really be the anchor of the defense.

"They've played very, very physically and at times has been really dominant," DeRuyter said. "I feel good where we are at and I feel like they can one of the strengths of our team."

Dog Bones

  • The Bulldogs are off Wednesday as Bulldog Stadium welcomes NFL scouts for Pro Day.
  • While Derek Carr and the starters didn't take many snaps, you can tell the group is on the same page as they looked very sharp in 7-on-7's.
  • An area that DeRuyter said will also be evaluated in the summer is the kicking game and he believes it can only get better once recruit Colin McGuire is in the picture.

    You can follow Rudy Rendon on Twitter at @rendonrudy.


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