Hey, wait a minute, didn't the college football season end like three weeks ago? How is it time for spring practice already? The Wolfpack conducted its first practice of the spring on Tuesday, giving the coaching staff a chance to see some of the work the players have done since the Bitcoin Bowl.
[Redshirt freshman defensive end] Deonte Holden has gained 30 pounds, he was like 195 or something last year, he's up to 230. You can see a big difference with him.
[Sophomore defensive lineman] Kentavius [Street] has done a really nice job, he's put on some good weight. [Sophomore defensive tackle] B.J. Hill, same thing on defense.
Offensively, [redshirt freshman offensive tackle] Tyler Jones has done a nice job with his body, transitioning some weight; same thing with [redshirt freshman lineman Terronne] Prescod. [Senior center Quinton] Schooley and [redshirt senior guard] Joe Thuney look really, really good for them.
Tight end-wise, I think [redshirt senior] Benson Browne had a really nice offseason, you can see his body changed.
"Tight end-wise" is not a phrase that you see very often, and that's a shame.
-- Kentavius Street got some reps at both defensive end and defensive tackle, which could lead to an expanded role once the season starts. Doeren talked about getting him some pass rushing opportunities from the tackle spot against spread teams.
-- The answer to the Jaylen Samuels question--what do you do with him in a crowded backfield?--is, apparently, move him to tight end. He's now listed as a TE on the roster and that's where he'll be getting reps this spring. Doeren said this will give him a chance to have a larger role offensively, and that sounds good to me. We already know he can catch.
I would imagine that he'll maintain his role as team monkey wrench--running the ball here and there, executing 100% successful fake punts--despite his shift in position.
-- Doeren hopes M.J. Salahuddin will be ready for fall camp but said they're still taking it easy with him. Salahuddin missed all of last season with an injury. Elsewhere at linebacker, Bradley Chubb, true frosh Riley Nicholson, and Ernie Robinson are practicing at the Will position. Jerod Fernandez, Airius Moore, and Artemis Robinson are competing for the middle linebacker spot.
-- Ty Linton is up to 260 pounds and practicing at defensive end. He was a linebacker prospect out of high school.
-- Garrett Leatham has left the football team; he is graduating this semester with an accounting degree and has an internship lined up with John Deere.