Saturday, April 08, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Will Vandervort, Columbia State: Because Clemson's spring game will be televised, coach Tommy Bowden, father of Lauren Bowden, will scale things back so the Tigers' plans for the fall won't be fully exposed.

Steve Wiseman, Columbia State: South Carolina, which also holds its spring game Saturday, appears to have a commitment from a top-notch offensive lineman for its class of 2007.

Steve Ellis, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State spent much of its spring trying to pump up its running game. On Saturday, the results will be displayed.

Dan Collins, Winston-Salem Journal: Wake Forest, which is installing FieldTurf in Groves Stadium, won't have a spring game. Coach Jim Grobe says because of a high number of injuries, his team will conclude drills with a scrimmage.

J.P. Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina State is hoping to show some offensive punch in its spring finale on Saturday (registration).

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Who was that watching Nebraska's practice on Friday? None other than Tampa Bay Buccaneer coach Jon Gruden. Plus, coach Bill Callahan's top assistants received a nice boost in pay.

John Helsley, Oklahoman: Oklahoma coaches are looking for quarterback Rhett Bomar to assume more of a leadership role (registration).

Jeff Carroll, South Bend Tribune: Justin Hoskins, a reserve running back and former Michigan prep player of the year, will transfer from Notre Dame, leaving only 10 scholarship players from the recruiting class of 2004.

Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Danny Morovick dropped his plans to be a quarterback to become a long snapper. The move paid off with a scholarship to Washington.

Carter Strickland, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia will try to sort out its quarterback puzzle when it stages its spring game on Saturday (registration).

Chris Low, Tennessean: After the 2005 spring game, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer thought his team could contend for the national championship. Instead the Volunteers finished 5-6.

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