Grading the spring: Who's up, who's down

April 11, 2010 

FIVE ON THE RISE

WR D.L. Moore: The 6-foot-4 sophomore opened eyes early with some tough catches, and didn't do anything the rest of the way to hurt his stock.

QB Connor Shaw: The true freshman always seemed to make the right play in drills, especially on scrambles.

CB DJ Swearinger: He and C.C. Whitlock got extra reps this spring in the absence of Chris Culliver. Swearinger took advantage and by the end was giving starter Akeem Auguste a push.

LB Shaq Wilson: He may be undersized for the outside spot, but Wilson made an adept switch from the middle, earning the outstanding defensive player of spring award.

FB-TE Patrick DiMarco: Last year DiMarco was a favorite target on short passes. But with the addition of tight end duties, it's evident the coaches want him on the field as much as possible.

FIVE UNCERTAIN FUTURES

QB Stephen Garcia: Is the criticism from the Head Ball Coach a motivational ploy, or something Garcia needs to worry about?

RB Eric Baker: The sophomore sat out the spring while rehabbing his ACL injury. He enters the fall in danger of being lost on the depth chart, especially when Marcus Lattimore comes aboard.

RB Jarvis Giles: After all the injuries, Giles had a chance to make a statement in the spring game. But he suffered a hip flexor and could not play, and like Baker has a lot of competition in the backfield.

OL Rokevious Watkins: Coaches hoped to pencil Watkins, a junior college transfer who redshirted last season, into a starting guard spot. But they saw little of him this spring after suffering a stinger early in practice.

K Adam Yates: He has one of the team's strongest legs, but lost ground to Joey Scribner-Howard in the role for backup kicker, and he seems to be trailing for the kickoff specialist's job too.

- Seth Emerson

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