Recapping the freshmen
Holgorsen has put off analyzing the true freshmen and whether they play or redshirt.
“We haven’t talked about it yet,” he said.
Some have shown they belong on the field.
“(Freshman wide receiver Daikiel) Shorts is a true freshman that will play. He was here in the spring,” Holgorsen said. “(Freshman running back) Wendell Smallwood is one that will play. He’s looked really good at times. I’d be shocked if (freshman cornerback) Daryl Worley didn’t have a big role on defense or special teams.
“(Freshman safety) Jeremy Tyler has really shown some things that are impressive,” the coach continued. “(Freshman linebacker Al-Rasheed) Benton is a 250-pound mature kid that has shown some signs of life. I think that’s all the true freshmen.”
There are a number of junior college transfers who also may redshirt, but three figure to play big roles this year.
“(Junior wide receiver Mario) Alford shows signs of showing some really good things. (Junior wide receiver) Kevin White is not redshirting. He is a big guy that’s ready to go. (Junior running back) Dreamius Smith is showing some good things,” Holgorsen said.
Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Adam Pankey continues to progress from injury, but he is nowhere close to playing yet.
“He is still month-to-month, and we are looking at October before he is back ready to go,” Holgorsen said.
If that sounds bad, consider what Holgorsen said about redshirt junior linebacker Jewone Snow.
“Snow is probably year-to-year it seems like. It seems like he always has something wrong, but he is not out there, and I am not sure if he will ever get back,” he said.
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