Because the press’ time observing practice is limited, I tend to take these early how-are-they-doing pieces with a grain of salt, but, still, it’s almost April and we’ve gotta grab on to something.
Marc Weiszer looks at the six early enrollees and takes a stab at how they’re progressing. Of those, Gibbs, LeCount and Holloman look to be likely contributors, Fromm will obviously crack the two-deep (count me as someone still in the camp that believes the coaches would prefer to redshirt him to gain some class separation, though), Hayes has some adjusting to the SEC to do and Rice has a ways to go.
Dawgs247 has a look at what is billed as the top-12 performers in spring camp so far. (Sorry, it’s presented as a slideshow.) Holloman is the only early enrollee to appear on this list, but there are plenty of encouraging signs from players who need to step up this season, like Ledbetter, Jayson Stanley, Godwin (who’s put on some needed weight, evidently), and, of course, Eason.
Whether all of this is little more than happy talk remains to be seen, but a little encouragement before G-Day never hurts.