A big Saturday in college football is on the books, and several high-profile teams have finished their spring exercises with important spring games. Georgia, Miami and Oregon are just some of the programs that come into play on Saturday afternoon and evening.
Let's tear down the biggest storylines that stand out:
There's going to be a lot of action going on in Athens: New offensive coordinator James Coley has taken over the responsibilities of the game, and that's clear In addition to the ground, several running ridges are guided through the air. D & # 39; Andre Swift, Brian Herrien, and James Cook ̵
1; presumably the three best backs on the deep turn that leave spring – all had two or more passes from the backcourt. Herrien found the end zone on a 13-meter catch and ran in the middle of the second quarter to finish a 10-player ride of 70 meters.
This is important for two reasons. With so many backs on the squad, it is essential for Coley to use all his weapons in different ways. Mixing in the back in different ways keeps the defense sincere and makes for a happy back room. Perhaps more importantly, it can limit the negative effects, if any, by an inexperienced receiving corps.
Georgia is loaded with weapons. Spring games do not necessarily prove one way or the other. However, it is clear that Coley and coach Kirby Smart want to hire one of the country's most talented squads.
Ducks playmaker take to: Dillon Mitchell made the leap to the NFL after he had reached the 1,000-yard mark, but you would not know it, based on Oregon's offensive performance on Saturday. Quarterback Justin Herbert spread the ball through the air on all his weapons, including high-profile receiver Jaylon Redd (one touchdown), Johnny Johnson III (30 yards), CJ Verdell (72 yards) and Juwan Johnson (Penn State) (32 Yards and a touchdown).
If you see how Herbert smiles after the game, that's the reason. He lost his star, but the presence of Johnson along with the weapons already on campus makes this dangerous crime one of the best in the country. Herbert came back to win a Pac-12 title and fight for the national championship, and this looks like a team that manages it.
Coach Mario Cristobal worked hard to become bigger and more athletic on the practice line and hit the jackpot with five-star defender Kayvon Thibodeaux this season. If you combine a recruiting record with a lot of defensive starters, including Star Linebacker Troy Dye, and a non-tact offense, you have a legitimate contender.
Tate Martells is not yet in QB1 in Miami: The former Ohio State quarterback was the subject of one of the biggest stories of the offseason after leaving Ohio State and immediately winning the Hurricanes. But will he be the quarterback of the Hurricanes in 2019? It seems to be very much in the air, as judged by the ratings of the spring game of Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The game was not televised.
He was the third quarterback and ran with the offense of the second team, according to 247Sports. He made 6 of 10 passes for 154 yards, two touchdowns, and added seven carries for 29 yards on the floor, though the quarterbacks were not knocked down.
What does that mean? Miami's quarterback position is still very much in the works. N & # 39; Kosi Perry was up and down last year, but went for 145 yards and a touchdown with both the twos and the duel of 9 to 13. The Redshirt freshman Jarren Williams went for 44 yards, a touchdown and a Pick 4-of-6 pass. All three seemed to close the spring hard, but all reports indicate they were up and down during the last 14 exercises.
Martell is said to be the man in Miami. From now on, however, it seems to be a three-man race that moves into the summer section of the offseason.
Defense at UCLA: In the Spring Game Primer earlier week, we mentioned that UCLA must find a defense that the Bruins can at least hold in games. Coach Chip Kelly certainly made it on Saturday in the finals of spring.
There were no touchdowns and the blue team won 3-0 in a game that should be boring, but at least a game that at least gives Bruins fans hope thanks to red zone defense.
The fight for the quarterback between Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Austin Burton can wait for the case. Finding a defense that can at least keep games within reach is a good sign. Now it's up to Kelly to take it from here.