Oregon – Football – Spring Practice Journal – Volume Three

26 04 2009

oregonA PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

The Ducks are building toward their final week of spring practice, and as they do so, they’re seeing the emergence of wideout Jamere Holland as, according to head coach Chip Kelly, the team’s “most productive receiver.”  Tailback Remene Altson, meanwhile, was forced to the sidelines with an injury to his left foot, and will likely remain out of drills for the remainder of the spring.  That left Oregon’s coaching staff looking to players like wideout Chris Harper and corner Kenjon Barner to add depth at running back, with mixed results.  Finally, look for Colorado’s Mark Helfrich to make a visit to Eugene in the near future, as Mike Belotti and Kelly continue to interview Kelly’s replacement as the team’s last offensive coordinator.

Gary Horowitz of the Statesman Journal reveals that perhaps no player “has done more this spring to impress first-year Oregon football coach Chip Kelly” than junior wide receiver, Jamere Holland.  Horowitz describes the 6’1″ and 185 pound transfer from the University of Southern California (2007) as  someone “virtually forgotten” last season when he had four receptions for 53 yards over the span of seven games, but a player who Kelly this year is complimenting as having “had a great spring” and establishing himself as the team’s “most productive receiver.”   Former head coach Mike Bellotti has previously voiced concern over Holland’s dedication to playing in Eugene, but as of now, Horowitz writes that Holland has impressed Kelly enough to  “likely . . . be part of the Ducks’ starting receiving corps along with juniors Jeff Maehl and Aaron Pflugard.”  The fastest player on the team (he has been clocked at 4.2 in the 40-yard dash), expect to see Holland also running for a spot on the school’s 4×100 relay team following the end of spring practices.

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Oregon State – Football – Spring Practice Journal – Volume Three

25 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

imagesAs the final week of spring practice approaches in Corvalis, head coach Mike Riley’s offense is finding success against what currently looks like a very weak defensive secondary — especially with quarterback Sean Canfield  decimating the Beavers’ safeties and corners to the tune of up to 500 yards passing per scrimmage.  Darrell Catchings has proven a clear-cut go-to in a wide receiver corps expected to be hurt by the departure of both Sammie Stroughter and Shane Morales, and tells reporters that while he’s under a lot of pressure to step up and establish himself as a pass catcher, he is more than ready to meet the challenge.  Meanwhile, Paul Buker of The Oregonian argues which OSU passer — Canfield or Lyle Moevao — might get the call to start against Portland State in the 2009 season opener, discussing as well the probability of Brennan Oleander earning a scholarship as a walk-on along OSU’s defensive line.  Of interest too, Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel inquires whether or not Jeremy Francis could end up playing football for the Central Florida Knights as soon as this fall.

Shannon Owens of the Orlando Sentinel explains that it is looking more and more likely that former Oregon State running back Jeremy Francis could be transferring to the University of Central Florida as early as this fall in order to finish his collegiate football career.  Owens writes that Francis “will not seek a medical hardship” to play in the 2009 season and is currently awaiting official notice from the Beavers’ football program that he has been released.  The former star of last year’s 2008 Sun Bowl against the Pittsburgh Panthers, the young running back explains, “I don’t think I would be prepared to compete for a starting position . . . . [but] would like to redshirt, learn the system and then give my all for my last season and make something happen.”

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Tulsa – Football – 2009 Spring Game Review

23 04 2009

A freelantz contribution; written by Jessica Lantz

Shavodrick Beaver

The skies opened up and rain poured down, emulating the closest weather you could get to a hurricane in the landlocked state of Oklahoma.  And then, as if Mother Nature had her watch on, she stopped the downpour just in time to enjoy some Tulsa spring football on Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium.

Head Coach Todd Graham ran this spring game differently than most schools.  The contest was set as Offense vs. Defense, or Red vs. White, with the afternoon beginning with some special teams work with players donning red caps on their helmets to distinguish who was receiving the ball.  After quite a few punts and kickoff returns, it was time to begin the actual game.  The clock ran as normal, but points were not tracked on the scoreboard, only on the clipboards of the coaching staff and members of the athletic department.  Interesting as well, when the clock hit double-zero, the game was not over.  Graham wanted his players to finish and play a ‘complete’ game, rather than running a set number of plays – closing games, after all, was something the squad struggled with in the 2008 season.

The first quarterback to take the field for the offense was sophomore G.J. Kinne, who ended the evening with 219 yards on 15-of-30 passing, two interceptions and three touchdowns, two of which were bombs to wide receiver Damaris Johnson.  Kinne was not the only quarterback to see substantial action, however, as junior Jacob Bower threw for 77 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 11-of-20 passing, while freshman Shavodrick Beaver ended the night with 132 yards and two touchdowns in the air and added 78 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown, on foot.  Beaver’s speed on the field was particularly impressive and the touchdown run was actually a product of Beaver running the wrong play.

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Tulsa – 2009 Spring Game – Photo Journal

23 04 2009

A freelantz submission; All photographs property of PRISM/freelantz – photos may not be used without permission

The following is a sample of the photographic work done at the 2009 Tulsa Golden Hurricanes spring game on Saturday, April 18th.


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Florida Atlantic – Football – 2009 Spring Game Review

20 04 2009

dsc_03503A PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

It was a bit strange driving onto the campus of Florida Atlantic for the first time ever yesterday, seeking out the Tom Oxley Athletic Center with intentions of covering the Owls in their last spring scrimmage for 2009 . . .

To say I got lost on such a small campus is a bit of an embarrassment, yet remains the truth. I could only wish there would have been a more pronounced showing of Spring Game signs with arrows that didn’t point strangely toward a large parking lot filled with, best as I could tell, the parents of high school track meet participants filling the air with the alluring smells of barbecue and other grilled fancies while a loud-speaker blared a countless combination of numbers yielding some much-desired raffled-off door prizes.

Fortunately, that was the extent of my complaints for this pleasant sunny and warm Saturday afternoon.

Considering I had just a week before gotten swallowed up with the expansiveness of Raymond James Stadium and the South Florida Bulls, to arrive finally at the FAU football practice fields only to be buzzed by the sounds of a far-too-close-for-comfort private airport landing strip was a bit unnerving.  Still, from the first time my foot stepped out of my car and hit the pavement outside of a small, but impressive athletic center, I got the sense that I was part of something special.

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Florida Atlantic – Football – 2009 Spring Game – Photo Journal

20 04 2009

A PRISM contribution; all photos original works by Jason Roberts

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Additional images are available by contacting jason@prismfreelantz.org

The following is a sample of the photographic work done at the 2009 Florida Atlantic spring game on Saturday, April 18th.


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South Florida – Football – Post-Spring Practice Journal – Volume One

18 04 2009

usf_bullsA PRISM contribution; written by Jason Roberts

With the annual Spring Game come and gone last weekend, many expected that much of the excitement which comes with a collegiate football program going through the throws of the year’s first practices and drills would dissipate.  Not so for the USF Bulls, who this week learned that defensive end George Selvie has been named for the second-straight year to the preseason Playboy All-American list, redshirt B.J. Daniels will be the man to beat behind senior starter Matt Groethe at quarterback, and head coach Jim Leavitt still remains unconvinced that his squad has a talented enough player at running back to identify a clear-cut starting ball carrier.

Big news from Tampa Bay Online this afternoon, as George Selvie has landed a second-straight preseason Playboy All-American nod, this only one year after becoming the first player in South Florida history to earn such a prestigious recognition.  He does so, notes the article by Brett McMurphy of The Tampa Tribune, after a junior season in which he became the NCAA’s active leader in career tackles for loss (61) and second in career sacks (25 1/2).

The USF Sports Bulletin by Greg Auman hosts a number of interesting tidbits:

  • While B.J. Daniels and Evan Landi were both impressive throughout spring camp, head coach Jim Leavitt has concluded that Daniels will enter the fall as the backup to current senior starter under center, Matt Groethe. Asked to clarify his reasoning for going with Daniels as a second-string passer, Leavitt was quick to point out that “Evan is a tremendous quarterback,” but the Bulls’ coaching staff also sees him as someone who will see reps at wide receiver during the 2009 season.