Gino Crump (photo by Brad Allis/WildcatSportsReport.com)
I am a big fan of using non-sports metaphors to describe sports. One of my favorites is using the stock market as an analogy for sports, so I am going to do that for my post-spring evaluations.
BLUE CHIPPERS – In the stock market these are the always steady, can’t miss buys and the same goes for Blue Chippers on the gridiron.
Juron Criner – Criner had a great end to the season and followed that up with a terrific spring practice. Criner is the Cats’ go-to, big play receiver and showed that in the spring game and all month long.
Colin Baxter – Baxter is the consummate pro. He is the perfect role model for other offensive linemen. He works hard, works smart and plays hurt. He’s also a great talent. He has started 37 games in his career and should hit the magic 50 mark if the Cats make it to a bowl game.
RISING – These players had a great spring and are seeing their stock/opportunites rise.
Gino Crump – Before spring ball most did not know if a Gino Crump was a kind of frozen pizza or a character from the Nutty Professor. After fall camp Wildcat fans should have high hopes from the receiver transfer from West Virginia. Crump gives the Wildcats another big, tall receiver on the outside.
Sione Tuihalamaka – Not a lot has been written about the redshirt freshman, but he had a great spring and will enter fall camp as the starter at defensive tackle. Tuihalamaka has put on a ton of muscle since arriving in Tucson and at the very least will be in the mix for reps on the interior defensive line.
FALLING – It is tough to say these guys’ stock is falling, but they did not have as good a camp as they could have.
Nic Grigsby – When Grigsby played, he was fine. His issue is the injury bug. He missed significant time with a hamstring injury and this was after a junior season that saw him hampered with a severe shoulder injury. In fact Grigsby has battled injuries his whole career and you can tell the Wildcat coaches are getting a bit frustrated by not having Grigsby consistently at their disposal.
Robert Golden – Golden did not have a bad spring, but you’d hope he’d have a great spring. The coaches experimented with Golden at a variety of positions, something you probably do not do if a player has mastered the spot he is at. He still seems destined for strong safety, but corner and maybe nickel could still be a possibility.
BUY LOW- You always want to buy stock before anyone else knows about it. The same is true for talking about young players.
Eric Bender Ramsay – He was a walk-on with great size a year ago, but is now in the two-deep depth chart. Ramsay redshirted a year ago, and has gotten in better shape. At 6-6, 324 he has legit size and could see time at left tackle behind Adam Grant.
Adam Hall – Hall did not have a great camp, but wasn’t awful either. He is probably still a year away, but his size and athleticism have the coaches very intrigued by what he can do. He’ll still have the fall to try and unseat Joe Perkins, but even if he is not a starter he should be getting snaps at free safety.
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