Notebook: Stice Makes a Move at Linebacker; Moving Around Receivers

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LAJ’s Don Williams has a football notebook, which is great because we get some quotes from Kingsbury and thoughts on two positions.

  • We get some insight on the third linebacker and my thought (and lots of others thought this, not just me) that Luke Stice would maybe get the call at linebacker might be a pretty good thought. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury had a lot of good things to say about him:

    “Luke Stice was kind of a godsend for us this spring,” Kingsbury said. “He’s a guy that’s going to get a lot of playing time there. He did a great job this spring. He’s still learning the position, but he’s probably one of the hardest workers on our team and really had an impact this spring, and so he’s a name I’d put at the top of the board, and then those young guys have got to come on.”

    I’m not sure how this will work out, but I’m pretty certain that Stice will be a good look along with Johnathan Picone. I get the feeling that Stice is an actual good locker room guy and well liked the players and coaches. Also mentioned is Jamile Johnson . . . look out for that when the coaches play just two linebackers and need a hybrid linebacker / safety.

  • Also discussed is Devin Lauderdale and where he’ll play this year, whether it’s inside or outside. Williams paints a bit of a poor picture about the X-receiver position, noting that Derrick Willies hasn’t had a ton of practices, Ja’Deion High is still a walk-on and Troy Brown was injured during the spring. Meanwhile, Lauderdale may be learning a new position, moving from the outside to inside. Still though, there’s Dylan Cantrell at the Z-receiver spot along with Reginald Davis and you can see why Lauderdale may be moving inside. Aside from Kingsbury talking about the players, I thought this wa the most important quote:

    “With the depth at that (outside) position,” Kingsbury said, “we want to be able to move some guys around and do some different things. I don’t know if he’ll be there full-time, but he’ll probably dabble at some of those inside positions.”

    Kingsbury doesn’t just mention Lauderdale as a guy that could flip, but Kingsbury says that he can move “some guys around” meaning that there’s a chance that it could be multiple guys that get moved around and gets my wheels turning in regards to a particular package, like Cantrell inside or something crazy like that.

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