Most of the talk on the sidelines at Dix Stadium today focused on how nice it was to see Eugene Jarvis back on a football field again after the chilling injury that ended his 2009 season and the wait to learn if the NCAA would grant a rare sixth season of eligibility.
I talked to Jarvis after practice and he was pretty hard himself for a “rusty” first day. Deep down, he knew to expect some rust. But Jarvis is a perfectionist, and he called his difficulties with regaining his timing “unacceptable.”
Monday also marked the return of Spencer Keith from the shoulder separation that ended his 2009 season in November. Keith looked surprisingly sharp and showed no signs of difficulty throwing the football. He also was noticeably bigger after a winter of work in the weight room. He has added about 10 pounds of muscle, and that should help him absorb hits like the one that knocked him out the game at Temple.
The best play of the day was a touchdown pass of around 30 yards from Keith to sophomore Matthew Hurdle in the corner of the end zone. Hurdle made a diving grab to beat tight coverage from promising freshman cornerback Darius Polk.
Giorgio Morgan looked sharp. I know he struggled last season after he was derailed by an ankle injury, but he’s still a talent and his experience behind Keith will be a big benefit to KSU. I also liked what I saw from prep quarterback Cedric McCloud, the early enrollee from Central Carolina Sports Academy. He has good size at 6-2 and a solidly built 234-pounds. His arm strength was encouraging.
A couple of other notes … Pat Reedy’s move to tight end has been delayed by a torn pectoral muscle that will keep him out for the entire spring. Monte Simmons is also out for the spring with a torn quad. Cobrani Mixon practiced, but he is limited while he recovers from offseason knee surgery.
Spencer Keith has switched his number to 3, his old high school number. He wore No. 11 in 2009.
- First Spring Depth Chart
- Scrimmage blog from Dix Stadium
- KSU practice notes …
- Initial thoughts from day one at Dix
- Beautiful night for a spring game…
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