With all the usual caveats in mind about preseason happy talk, I have to confess that, so far, the one development I’ve taken a small degree of comfort from is Will Friend’s relative calmness.
Freshman David Andrews is the second-team center and, at this point, will likely not redshirt this season. In fact, offensive line coach Will Friend said Andrews has had the best camp of any of the second-teamers in his unit.
“He’s got a good chance to, and we’ll just continue to get him ready. And if he’s ready, he will (play),” Friend said, chuckling. “David’s had a good camp. And you know a lot of it depends on what goes on from now on. Can he continue to grow and learn what to do as well as he’s done the first couple days, then he has a chance to be a real good player. He’s got a chance to play this year, probably.”
2. Friend likes how his first-team has performed so far. Besides Andrews, he also praised sophomore Dallas Lee, redshirt freshman Kolton Houston and freshman Watts Dantzler.
“The first five done good so far. And we’re just trying to get a couple of those guys who are with the (second-team) to come on,” Friend said. “I wasn’t in panic mode before. But we’ve had a decent camp, I guess first week so far. It’s only been a week. It’s been pretty good, especially with the ones.”
If there’s anybody on the staff who’s had the excuse to freak out, it’s Friend. Yet it sounds like he’s holding it together and (maybe) even starting to build a little depth.
Of course the other possibility is that he’s too overwhelmed to know any better right now.