Suffering one of the more unpleasant sounding injuries in the spring football season is USC tight end Xavier Grimble, who Reign of Troy writes suffered a “fractured chest.”
Grimble caught 29 passes, five for touchdowns in his sophomore season. The versatile tight end should be ready for the season opener in August, but his unavailability this spring is another blow to a Trojan squad already hit hard this off-season. Running back Silas Redd is also out of commission until the beginning of the 2013 campaign.
Iowa State Cyclones
Clones Confidential breaks down the Iowa State depth chart, released earlier this week. Paul Rhoads leads ISU into 2013 in pursuit of the program’s third straight bowl game, and fourth in the last five seasons.
A winning record has eluded the Cyclones the last two years, however. Hope for a turnaround rests in part on the arm of quarterback Sam Richardson. Richardson sneaked in through the revolving door behind center, supplanting Steele Jantz and Jared Barnett. Jantz’s eligibility lapsed, and Barnett transferred out of the program.
That leaves Richardson to man the offense. He showed promise, passing for eight touchdowns to just one interception in the season’s final three games, but needs improvement on his accuracy. Richardson demonstrated an ability to rush effectively, more so than his predecessors. Couple Richardson’s ball carrying with James White taking on a heavier load, and the Cyclones are threats offensively.
Virginia Tech Hokies
College football fans can usually count on Frank Beamer’s Virginia Tech squad to contend for the ACC championship, win at least 10 games and finish ranked in the top 15. That the 2012 season required a last ditch effort just to reach a bowl game was an aberration — at least, that’s what Beamer and Co. are working to ensure with the opening of Hokie spring practice.
Toughness is the focus of Virginia Tech’s 2013 spring camp, The Washington Post reports. Va. Tech must find its toughness in short order — it opens the season against defending national champion Alabama.
New Hokie offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler saw the Crimson Tide firsthand while at Auburn. The post reports that Loeffler’s relationship with quarterback Logan Thomas is instrumental in determining the identity of this team’s offense, which was inconsistent at best a season ago. That echoes a sentiment about Thomas and Loeffler expressed here at SaturdayBlitz.com.