The Golden Flashes are gearing up for Saturday morning's jersey scrimmage, which may be an ever better evaluation tool than the spring game, although the latter garners more attention.
This will be the first time the coaching staff can look at players in a connected series of plays at full speed. Coach Hazell has about 85 plays pre-scripted out of the 120 or 125 they'll run during the day.
"It's gonna be a long day," Hazell said. "We want to see guys compete. I just want to see who are going to be the guys who battle when they're tired and banged up a little bit."
The interesting spot to watch will be the guys under center, namely senior Spencer Keith and JUCO transfer David Fisher. Each wil receive about an equal share of the snaps with the first team.
Several other positions will be interesting to watch, including the wide receivers. Matt Hurdle, Tyshon Goode and Eric Adeyemi are the top-3 receivers, but KSU has two younger wide outs—Chris Humphrey and Josh Boyle—pushing for playing time.
With the graduation of punter Matt Rinehart last season, Andrew Horning, David Kalb and A.J. Rotella have all received reps this spring.
It'll also be interesting to see if April Goss is given an opportunity for either an extra point attempt for a field goal. She looked better tonight—a little more distance, a little more arc. Freddy Cortez continues to work very closely with her and sophomore kicker Kadin Kerns.
Another point of interest is how Dri Archer is used in different situations. He's versatile and has great speed, so getting the ball in his hands in the open field will be a priority. Offensive coordinator Brian Rock says they'll find "creative" ways to get him the ball. Archer made a few nice catches Friday night (on one, however, he was led high by Keith and would have been crushed had it been a live situation), and broke open a 50-yard touchdown after juking cornerback Norman Wolfe Jr.
The defensive line also has some shifting to work out. Richard Gray will get a lot of snaps on the inside, while Mark Fackler will probably get the most work on the end. Dana Brown returned to practice this week after sitting out the spring up to this point.