College Football Spring Practice Quick Hitters: Apr. 11

Todd at CollegeFootballGeek.comCorrespondent IApril 11, 2009

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 29:  Injured running back Jacquizz Rodgers #1 of the Oregon State Beavers after a 38-65 loss to the Oregon Ducks at Reser Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Corvalis, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

He’s baa-aaaack. Well, kind of.

Jacquizz Rodgers made his return to the practice field this week.  The Oregon State coaching staff has been ultra-cautious with their star running back so far this spring.  Even now, he’s only practicing in non-contact drills. Still, it’s good to see him out there.


Other newsworthy items from this week

Arizona State
The QB battle is ongoing.  We aren’t banking on a viable fantasy QB prospect to emerge fro the Sun Devils in 2009.

Big Ten
The Penn State - Ohio State showdown will fall victim to the Big Ten’s “no night games in November policy”. The game in Beaver Stadium will be missing a little bit of that “prime time” feel this year. 

The Cougars admitted they were too reliant on wide receiver Austin Collie last fall.  This year, with no clear No. 1 WR target emerging, they are saying they’ll be spreading the ball around more to their receivers.

O’Neill Chambers, Luke Ashworth and McKay Jacobson appear to be the top fantasy prospects at the position. TE Dennis Pitta should still be a top-end fantasy TE. We don’t see his role diminishing much.

WR Marvin Jones is emerging as a top receiving threat in spring ball.

RB Emmanuel Moody is rising up the depth chart for the Gators. Don’t get too excited, though. There’s a lot of talent on that roster, and some guy name Tim will still vulture the majority of rushing yards and TDs.

Tim Tebow had this to say about TE Aaron Hernandez: ““On third and fourth down, you see who I’m looking for.” If Mr. Tebow puts his almighty faith in you, good things tend to happen.

Iowa State
QB Austen Arnaud is really digging his new offensive scheme.  Remember, the creative OC from Rice is now running the ‘O’ in Ames.  Could be interesting, especially in the defensive-challenged Big 12.

Michigan State
There is still no clear replacement for Javon Ringer.  It seems the coaching staff wants to see their incoming freshman Larry Caper and Edwin Baker) in action this August before making any decisions.  The door is certainly open for those youngsters.

Middle Tennessee
RB Desmond Gee is getting a look at WR. This could open the door for Phillip Tanner to become more of a feature back.

The Post-Tyrell Sutton Era is underway for Coach Fitz. RB Stephen Simmons looks to be the front-runner for the starting gig. He ran and caught the ball well this week in practice.

Ohio State
Running backs coach had this little quote this week: “The thought I’ve had is that this may be the most comfortable situation—to really use two backs, like the pros are.” He was referring to Boom Herron and Brandon Saine sharing the load this fall.

Jimmy Stevens and redshirt Tress Way are in a place-kicker battle.

There’s been lots of buzz surrounding WR Jamere Holland. File his name away.

LaGarrette Blount returned to the practice field after missing time with a couple minor injuries.

Oregon State
RB Jacquizz Rodgers is back at practice and participating in non-contact drills. We won’t know if his shoulder is fully healed until he begins to get knocked around a little.

Emmanuel Sanders was moved—permanently—from WR to DB. The fight to fill his void in the passing game could come down to youngsters Cole Beasley and Terrance Wilkerson.

South Florida
Coach Jim Leavitt ran the 40 this week. Here’s the video.

Stud RB Toby Gerhart has improved his baseball batting average to .288.  All eyes will be on the MLB draft in June to see where Toby gets selected. If he is picked in an early round, he could leave football for a baseball contract.

Texas A&M
WR Jeff Fuller has been lights out this spring. 

Texas Tech
See our full Texas Tech report here.

RB Marc Tyler is having trouble holding onto the ball and has found himself in the doghouse as a result.

Ute coaches say RB Matt Asiata will be their “workhorse” this fall. Giddy up.

RB John Clay weighed in a few biscuits south of 250 pounds this spring.  And he wonders why he has recurring ankle issues?


Out of the loop?  Trying to play catch up on all the latest news?  Here are links to all of our Quick Hitters from the Spring:

Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/06 (A thru E)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/06 (F thru N)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/06 (O thru S)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/06 (T thru Z)
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 04/03
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 03/31
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 03/28
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 03/20
Spring Practice Reports: Quick Hitters - 03/13


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