With preseason camp a wrap, I figured I’d hand out my game balls to those players who made moves up the depth chart, as well as mention those whose August has not gone so swimmingly.
Drum roll, please …
Game balls go to:
S Chris Culliver – The speedster from Raleigh gave receiver a shot last season, but is back at his best position. Culliver earned a starting spot at free safety.
LB Marvin Sapp – After missing the spring following hernia surgery, the senior has filled in nicely for the injured Jasper Brinkley. The coaches like Sapp’s attitude and will not hesitate to play him if Brinkley is hobbled.
DE Clifton Geathers – At 6-7 and 284 pounds, Geathers is a guy who looks good running out of the locker room. But the sophomore looks pretty good as a pass-rusher, too.
C Garrett Anderson – The Dutch Fork graduate stayed healthy, played well and beat out Seaver Brown for the starting job.
WR C.C. Whitlock – When he wasn’t driving back and forth from Chester to handle his personal issues, Whitlock looked like a younger, slightly smaller version of Kenny McKinley.
Those who were ready for camp to end:
WR Dion LeCorn – Sophomore failed to build on a promising late-season stretch last year.
QB Stephen Garcia – Getting two weeks knocked off his suspension did not help the righty budge from the third string.
RB Mike Davis – Camp’s over already? A shoulder injury and stomach virus kept the senior sidelined.
DT Marque Hall – Coaches had to handle Hall’s rebuilt knee with care in the hopes of getting 15 or 20 plays a game out of the fifth-year senior.