Day two of spring practice is in the books and there is already movement in the quarterback rotation. Yesterday, N’Kosi Perry ran with the one’s followed by Jarren Williams and Tate Martell.
Today the rotation remained the same at the top, but Martell jumped Williams in the rotation.
Perry again showed flashes and threw some great balls. His touch on 20+ yard throws is precise, but he threw a couple behind his receivers when they were working on crosses and a few too far ahead when the quarterbacks and running backs were working on goal line routes to the outside.
During 7-on-7, there was a throw deep down the opposite sideline of where I was standing that was brought down by Jeff Thomas for a huge gain. I have to believe that a better throw would've resulted in six rather than settling for a big gain. There is still work to be done.
Martell looked much, much better in his first day as an eligible quarterback option for this team. He looked the best to me out of the quarterbacks working on the goal line. His throws were on time and accurate consistently. The ball was coming out better and he didn't force it anywhere that wasn't open. One particular throw that stood out to me was him throwing it in a spot only Brevin Jordan could catch it on a crossing route.
Williams is currently third in the rotation but you wouldn't know it by watching him. He made some excellent throws, one in particular to tight end Brevin Jordan that warranted some positive feedback from the Hurricanes sophomore.
His one blunder was just poor decision making on his part. Mark Pope was deep and he threw it up for grabs and first-team safety Robert Knowles should have easily come down with the interception. Instead, the ball bounced right off of his hands and landed right in Pope’s arms who brought it down and was ruled down around the five-yard line.
I don’t know if he is going to win the job, but my eyes tell me that Williams looks like the best quarterback after two days. A lot can and will change over time, but when I say the ball just looks different coming out of his hands, I mean it. He has a live arm with zip and the ball looks the way its supposed to coming out of a quarterbacks arm.
One thing that's guaranteed is that Diaz is playing no favorites in this process. The best man will play and the competition is only going to make all three of them better.
— I said it yesterday and i’ll say it again today — K.J. Osborn is a grown man and an excellent addition to this receivers room. He beat D.J. Ivey cleanly, going untouched and just ran right past him during 1-on-1 drills, which the Hurricanes have implanted for the second day in a row.
The staff is constantly finding ways to create competition and I am assuming that these 1-on-1’s are going to become a regular part of practice.
— Michael Irvin II was running and looking healthy after his knee surgery that kept him out the entire regular season in 2018. He was running third in drills behind Jordan and Will Mallory.
— I didn't get to see the offensive or defensive line very well as they were practicing on the side field during 1-on-1’s and 7-on-7’s, but the rest of the first-team defense was:
OLB Michael Pinckney
MLB Shaq Quarterman
OLB/Striker Romeo Finley
CB Trajan Bandy
CB Al Blades Jr.
S Robert Knowles
S Amari Carter
— There was a lot of motion going on on offense. I almost didn't know what's going on, since all I have watched for the last couple of years was something completely different than what Dan Enos is putting together. I saw sophomore fullback Realus George line up on the line of scrimmage only to be motioned to the backfield. Brevin Jordan was motioned constantly. K.J. Osborn was lined up in the slot and was motioned to the opposite side.
There is just so much movement that it’s kind of hard to keep up with it all. One thing you will not be able to say about this offense come August is that it’s going to be boring.
More for you guys Friday.