Check out the latest batch of the weekly answers…
1) Unless Prince really stumbles, I don’t think Brehaut can overtake him in the depth chart in spring ball. So what’s really up for grabs this spring practice? – San Diego TherapistWhat’s up for grabs is the future of the position. It’s going to be either one. If Prince stays ahead, I’d be surprised if Brehaut can catch up. If Brehaut gets an edge, Prince might lose the team. Prince looked huge the last time I saw him, like he was really getting stronger, and that will be huge in his progression.
2) Am I right, the O-line is pretty much up for grabs with the Haisak issues and Xavier going on a mission next season etc. Any chance Pressley and Carroll show something and move up the depth chart? I’m kind of thinking that RB and DT wouldn’t really be decided until fall when the freshmen arrive. BTW, really enjoying the podcasts. – San Diego TherapistThe O-Line certainly has a bit of competition, though I think at least three of the spots should be locked up. Presley and Carroll have the opportunity to show their stuff, but I think the top three will be Rosario, Smith and Embree. Thanks on the podcast words, and the new one should come out on Wednesday or Thursday morning.
3) How good would Jason Street have been at Notre Dame if his career would not have been cut short? Do you think Smash Williams has a shot at transfering to a bigger school? – RayI didn’t really get to see enough of Street to adequately judge him, but I’ll say that he had the perfect mental make-up for a quarterback. Just cocky and nave enough to be a gunslinger, just smart enough to know when to hold back. And great with the ladies. Smash I think is pretty set at Texas A&M. He’ll be a force next year as a sophomore.
4) Which Pac-10 basketball players do you see getting drafted after this season? – StevePondexter, Thompson, Robertson, and maybe Christopher. With the NBA in limbo for 2011-12, I wouldn’t be surprised more top younger players leave early.
5) Do you think Howland realizes he made some major misevaluations(Keefe, Anderson, Drago)? And do you think he is changing his evaluations to fit his style(tougher athletic kids to play man to man)? – AnonymousI don’t think he ever imagined those guys to be in the rolls they’re in now, and even with that being said, perhaps their talent would be realized surrounded by more talent. Howland said he wants to go back to the basics and get strong guys who can play man-to-man.