Monday, April 28, 2008

Spring Reports

Our fifth look at spring games across the country:

Arkansas: No shortage of offense to go with a record crowd of 40,200. Even with a running clock in the second half, the Red and White teams combined for 735 yards.

Boston College: The Eagles' replacement for Matt Ryan? It's likely to be Chris Crane, who outshined his competitors by displaying arm strength and accuracy.

California: Jeff Tedford on his team's spring: "I'm really happy with the team chemistry. The way we're working together, the attitude of the team, the focus, the camaraderie — it's all very positive."

Cincinnati: Dustin Grutza showed he would be a capable replacement at quarterback if Ben Mauk is not granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Hawaii: A crowd of 10,000 got in free and watched the first Hawaii spring game in several years.

Marshall: With no less than 20 scholarship players unavailable to play, the Thundering Herd put on an abbreviated spring game.

Maryland: Ralph Friedgen was not enthusiastic about the play of his quarterbacks. "I'm looking for some guy to separate, and I really can't see that right now."

Minnesota: To say the Gophers have a lot of work to do between now and the Aug. 30 opener is a major understatement.

Oregon: A week after fumbling through a scrimmage with 20 plays for negative yardage, the Ducks put on a crisp offensive display before an estimated 14,107.

San Diego State: The Aztecs spent much of the spring game attempting to establish an identity. Based solely on production, the chances of anyone soon becoming a household name are roughly as remote as a run on real estate.

UCLA: Crespi High quarterback Kevin Prince, who wasn't scheduled to enroll until January 2009, has been asked if he can enroll early to help the depleted quarterbacking corps.

Washington: Even the diehards among the 9,000 weren't quite sure what to make of a punchless 10-7 final score.

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