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Zips football: What to look for in spring game

By George Thomas Published: April 26, 2013

The Zips will take the filed against one another in the annual Blue-Gold Spring Game at InfoCision Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday.  Here are several things Zips fans should look for:

Quarterback play:  Sophomore Kyle Pohl is the starter, but pay attention to whether he's comfortable running the offense and if he's developed any chemistry with receivers.   Behind him look at how Dalton Easton, the No.2 quarterback for now and Steve Franco, No. 3 play. 

Receivers:  Any one looking to get significant playing time needs to play with some want, some aggression.  There wasn't a lot of that until recently as Jerrod Dillard, Andrew Pratt, Zach D'Orazio and Dee Frieson begin to find some degree of consistency. 

Running back: The top two slots in the three-back rotation are filled by Jawon Chisholm and Conor Hundley, respectively.  The battle is on for No. 3.  Ravenna's D.J. Jones has taken advantage of Hakeem Lawrence missing time due to a hamstring injury and occupies the slot now.  Lawrence will need to make an impression in the spring game and summer training camp.

Cornerback  Senior Seth Cunningham has been on the left side of the field for most of the spring with Malachi Freeman taking over on the right side because of the loss of Avis Commack. Bowden has said that Cunningham needs more consistency.

Defense overall: Watch to see if they're able to maintain dominance over the offense.  That has been the storyline of the spring as the Zips defense hit hard most days, swarmed to the ball and generally played hard-nosed football.

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