Shane Beamer, running backs coach, explained that since the team lost Michael Holmes they are in need of another big back.
“It was a little bit of a situation when we lost Michael,” Beamer said. “Trey (Edmunds) was the only big back that we had… Good things happen when the ball is in Joel’s hands.”
New offensive line coach Jeff Grimes is willing to mix things up to get the best possible players on the field.
“There will still be a lot of musical chairs going on in the offensive line… You will see the depth chart change, almost daily,” he said. “I’m still not in a position where I’m ready to say that this guy is best at this spot. I’m certainly not ready to say who our best five are yet. That was the first thing I told them at our meeting - nobody’s earned a spot yet. That’s what training camp is for.”
Grimes stuck by his word, as the depth chart has already been switched around since Monday’s practice.
Corey Marshall will spend training camp working as both defensive end and tackle. He is learning the tackle position to help with depth.
“We talked to Corey as a defensive staff yesterday,” Foster said. “I like where we are with our ends. We’ve got some experience, and I like the emergence of Dadi Nicholas, so I think we’ve got four guys (at end), and we’re trying to get our eight best defensive linemen out there.
With returning stars like James Gayle, Luther Maddy, Derrick Hopkins and J.R. Collins and some new, but impressive players like Dadi Nicholas the defensive line is looking strong and experienced. However, right now the first string spots are still undecided.
Beamer was very pleased with how the kicking game is coming along. He took time to mention how impressed he was with walk-on kicker Mitchell Ludwig’s performance.
“If Ludwig can continue the way he did tonight … I mean he was knocking them to the back of the end zone and out of the end zone,” he said. “So that takes care of the kickoff return.”