Spring ball begins on Saturday, Jeff and I had our first visit with Chris Klieman as head coach, you can watch a majority of our interview below, covering a range of topics from his challenges to the players he believes will stick out by the spring game. Couple of headlines:
- 9 players will not practice this month: CJ Smith, Adam Keller, Carlton Littlejohn, Travis Beck, Zack Johnson, Colten Heagle, DeSean Warren, Luke Albers and Nate Moody.
- Majority of practices will be held Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays because of class schedules (most will not be open to the public, with exception of a scrimmage, maybe two).
- Position changes: Joe Haeg has moved from right tackle to left tackle, replacing Billy Turner, Jack Plankers listed as the starter at right guard, with Landon Lechler at right tackle. Jeremy Kelly is listed as his backup, watch Kelly, comes from Crookston, know the coaches are high on him. Alex Hahn has been moved from defensive tackle to defensive end, Klieman says they like his quickness and explosion. Klieman added that Esley Thorton will get plenty of reps at middle linebacker with Littlejohn out, he’s added another 10 pounds and they are counting on Thorton to take the next step.
- Carson Wentz is the starter, but watch the backup race between Derek McGinnis and Cole Davis, wouldn’t be surprised if Davis is the number two by the spring game.