1. Don’t read too much into the spring game stats: Both the Garnet and Gold offenses struggled. With the rosters split up in an attempt to even out the squads, the cohesion was often lacking. So don’t read too much into EJ Manuel’s numbers or that of a specific receiver, rusher or tackler.
2. That said … there were plenty of positives: James Wilder had some punishing runs. Middle linebacker Telvin Smith saw significant playing time and was all over the field. Terrence Brooks simply continues to impress with his instincts. Tank Carradine was able to bring heat off the edge.
3. Clint Trickett is still ahead of Jacob Coker: Neither solidified the No. 2 job this spring, but Trickett has a better grasp on the playbook and for the time being is ahead of Coker. Fisher made it a point to praise both quarterbacks after the spring game, and he said the competition will go into August. Coker may have more talent but Trickett has three full years with Fisher’s playbook and has a step up.
4. Cameron Erving can hold his own: He wasn’t blocking for EJ Manuel, but he was going up against Brandon Jenkins on Saturday. Erving looked like a veteran left tackle and not a guy with four weeks’ experience. Coach Fisher wanted to know if Erving could do it play after play after play. Erving did it.
5. There’s plenty of room for Cason Beatty to improve: The good news is that he had a 46-yard punt and a 41-yard punt. But the bad news is that his first three punts were for 30, 30 and 21. Maybe it was nerves, and that’s understandable. He certainly has the talent, however. And he also showed his ability to hang the punts high, too. Beatty is a freshman, but there will surely be growing pains as he replaces Shawn Powell.