Spring Football Day 5: Sonny Dykes takes to the podium

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Head coach, Sonny Dykes takes to the podium after Day 5 of spring practices and likes the way they are practicing.  Lots of good things for Dykes as they are a third of the way through the spring.

Defensively, the consistent pressure on the quarterback is a positive.  Forcing turnovers and defensive backs making plays all begins with being able to rush the quarterback.

Taking care of the football is and will always be an emphasis and that wasn’t the case today making some mistakes with the ball.

Records speak for themselves when winning or even in the turnover battle.  Quarterbacks, Ken Seals and Hauss Hejny have been very consistent throughout the first 4 practices and are ahead of schedule learning a new offense.  Quarterback, Josh Hoover is sidelined with an injury.

It’s a good battle to determine the starter or back-up depending on the health of Hoover coming out of the spring.

Linebacker, Kaleb Elarms-Orr was a significant pick up from the Power 5 school, Cal.  The Frogs have had some injuries in the linebacker position last year but this year the room has depth, talent, and experience.

Orr has been all business this spring with his maturity and consistency.  “He is a guy that shows up every time he practices,” mentioned Dykes about Orr.

The offensive line has a lot of new faces but more depth than they have had the last 3 years.  Key is finding a unit the second or third week of fall camp that play with consistency.

Transfers have been what they thought they would be and Carson Bruno has stood out from LA Tech with consistency across the board.  Remington Strickland from Texas A&M is in the same boat.

The goal is to find 10 guys to feel good about playing because if you do that typically you will have a good offensive line through being on the same page and complementing each other which brings out the best in the position.

Safety, Abe Camara has also stood out as a fast processor with good instincts.  He is physical, a good tackler, explosive and just a really good football player.

The competition at running back is a bright spot for Dykes team this season starting with the addition of new running backs coach, Jimmy Smith.  Dykes mentioned they are 4 deep that they feel good about and Trey Sanders looks like a different guy.

Dykes also commented on Jack Bech and how he is competing and practicing at an elite level so far this off-season and 5 days into the spring practices.

New defensive coordinator, Andy Avalos has been a bright spot as well specifically with head coach experience at Boise.  It is all about player development and with that, Avalos brings tons of leadership to the defense and will best get the Frogs back that edge and the attack mentality.

It’s hard to replace a quality tight end like Jared Wiley, so in the portal, Dykes and Kendal Briles landed on 6′ 5″, 248 lbs, Drake Dabney from Baylor.  Dabney is a big target that has played a ton of football.

All that and more at the Day 5 Presser from Coach Dykes.

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