Here’s some news from preseason camp…
QB Morgan Roberts says the offense has a lot to work on.
“We have a ton of potential,” he said. “Grant Wallace, Will Chism,
Tyler Varga, Deon Randall and everyone we lost, thing that made them great is that
they focused on the details. All those little details added up and we became a
really good offense. That’s just something we’re trying to preach right now. We
need to focus on the details and we’ll be fine.”
Tony Reno said the issue right now is timing on offense. The
effort is there, it’s just a matter of timing and technique. A banged up OL
doesn’t help. But there are a lot of new faces on offense, so perhaps it’s just
a matter of getting on the same page.
As for the defense, Roberts was impressed.
“They’re working really hard,” he said. “There are new coverages
and a lot of different things, which is hard for me to keep up with and
identifying coverages. It’s pretty impressive.”
Reno said they are playing fast and getting to the football.
For what it’s worth, the defense leads the offense 5-4 in team competition.
NC State transfer Bo Hines is showing glimpses of his
big-play capability. He scored an 80-yd TD on a flat route in practice on
Sunday. He’s still learning the offense, but his speed and playmaking ability
has been impressive.
Freshman QB Tre Moore has quickly shown why he was such a
highly touted recruit. Reno has been impressed with his intangibles, leadership
skills and demeanor in the pocket.
“He’s done a great job,” Roberts said. “What’s impressed me
most, even when he doesn’t know a play he makes a play out of it.”
Reno wouldn’t say who’s the No. 2 QB right now, but Moore
was certainly getting a lot of reps behind Roberts and may have pulled ahead of
Some other players that have stood out early on: OL Jon
Bezney, WR Chris Williams-Lopez, OL Jake Rushin (moved from DT), Robert Clemons’
leadership, DT Nick Crowle, LB Andrew Larkin, DE Victor Egu and LB Duncan
Morfitt (missed last season). Reno also added the secondary has made real
strides as a unit.
Lastly, Spencer McManes will no longer play football because
of a back injury. McManes, a junior, had moved from QB to LB. He will still
help out with the team.