I wish I had some big news stemming from Wildcat football spring practice, but I don’t…and that’s a good thing. The fact is a lack of drama and splashy headlines means that there is a lot of stability within the program.
While there are still a number of jobs being competed for, most won’t be settled until the fall. The good news is that there are competent bodies at every spot and there do not seem to be many glaring weaknesses.
It has taken quite some time, but Mike Stoops has brought stability and talent to the program. With the possible exception of the linebackers, there are experienced, capable players at every open spot.
Although there are four new co-coordinators, three of them were on the staff a year ago, so the transition has been very smooth. The players have been very positive about the new roles of the coaches.
There is also a new quarterbacks coach, the first dedicated quarterback coach of the Stoops era. Both Mike Canales and Sonny Dykes were offensive coordinators as well as the quarterbacks coaches. Frank Scelfo enters the picture and made no bones about having to make some tweaks to his passers’ mechanics.
The linebacking spot is an interesting one, in that only Jake Fischer and RJ Young saw any meaningful time last year, and even that was mostly in mop-up situations. The Cats are still sifting through the linebackers, which include three junior college players and three very young players.
The stability means that the Cats can do some experimenting. They have moved some players around in the defensive backfield, including trying safety Robert Golden at cornerback, the position he originally occupied when he was a freshman.
Some of the biggest news is about the two transfer wide receivers. Texas transfer Dan Buckner passes the eyeball test, while former West Virginia receiver Gino Crump has been a pleasant surprise.
It may not be a great spring for those of us in the media looking for stories, but it may just be a great spring for the Wildcat football program.