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great stuff guys, really good recap.
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Jason et al,
Was curious about running backs. Mention here has been GAIII, is distinguishing himself. Part of that is due to the injury of Amir. Just curious of the staff's take? I don't think GAIII is anywhere near being ready to be a feature back, but have seen nothing from this year.
Thanks! And again thank you for the great updates.
This post was edited by kking on 4/14/2013 at 9:19 PM
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He seems to be progressing satisfactorily, especially as a more bona fide threat receiving threat. Brian Kelly indicated that in the final week of spring the concentration will be on expanding his repertoire as a receiver. I imagine most of it has been baby steps with the shorter game, i.e., screens, and he might be ready to expand from there.
It's kind of hard to answer, though, until Amir Carlisle also comes into the mix, not to mention incoming freshmen Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston in August. I don't know if anyone on the current roster is going to consistently carry 18-20 times per game, but I do think with someone with the speed and explosiveness of GAIII, the staff would like to get the ball in his hands at least 10-12 times per game via running, receiving and returns. If it's more, that would be a good sign for him.
Here were Brian Kelly's comments on Atkinson after Saturday's practice:
"I think George has done outstanding. He really turned himself into a guy that we can throw the football to. ... I think the biggest jump we’ve seen from George is the passing game. We still need to consider some other things in the passing game that I think he can do. We’re going to do that on Monday.
"Then continue to run the ball with lower pads. He has a tendency to rise up a little bit. I think we had a goal line play where I talked to him about getting down. He gets that. All in all I think it’s been a very good spring for George."
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