It was hot in Sanford Stadium Saturday afternoon, but Coach Smart said in his post-scrimmage interview that the team pushed through the heat and humidity. Smart went on to say that the offense came out on top in the scrimmage that was controlled, rather than a game-type environment.
During the pre-scrimmage period that the media was allowed to watch and photograph, I made a few notes:
- Brenton Cox, the sophomore OLB, was back at practice after serving time in the penalty box for his transgression of team rules and the law. Of course, Robert Beal returned to the normal practice routine earlier (he was involved in the incident with Cox). I reported Tuesday that Jermaine Johnson has recovered from his ankle sprain and has also returned to the outside linebacker group.
- Sam Pittman continues to mix things up along the offensive line. He has had several different “first unit” lineups during the viewing periods this spring. From left to right, I saw the following “starters”: Andrew Thomas (71), Solomon Kindley (66), Trey Hill (55), D’Marcus Hayes (78), Cade Mays (77) and Isaiah Wilson (79). It is important to remember that Pittman will sub frequently and it is not necessarily the number two left guard (for example) that comes in if the starter goes out. Offensive linemen are cross-trained, allowing far more lineup option than a simple rotation by position.
- Otis Reese has returned to practice but is very limited.
- I happen to see Demetris Robertson (16) take several reps today. He seems relaxed and very much in control with his timing and routes. If he has a similar level of readiness with his blocking, I see him as a major part of the 2019 offense. Another reporter mentioned to me after the observation period that he was taking reps from the slot as well as