Finally made it to South Dakota State spring football practice Wednesday. Some of the findings:
Remember when it seemed like a handful of veterans would miss all of camp while recovering from offseason surgeries? Well, the Jacks must be full of quick healers because almost all hands are on deck. OL Andrew Mueller and DL Andy Mink were the only experienced exceptions Wednesday.
CB JeRyan Butler, RB Reggie Gandy and WR Trevor Sikkink were also out due to injury.
Looks like the linebackers are deep again. Probable Ross Shafrath and Chris Tracy were joined by several different players at the third spot at various times: R.C. Kilgore, T.J. Lally, Kyle VanVoorst and Robbie Jelsma.
VanVoorst also gains mention on the all-eyeball team. That is, guys who look bigger and fitter than the last time they were on the field (keeping in mind that appearance and performance aren’t mutually exclusive; that distinction will be made during fall camp). Jelsma is in that group, too, along with RB Zach Zenner, DE Doug Peete and DT David Hettiger.
As for the redshirts, WR Brandon Andrews looks to have the build of a player, while Gandy, S Jake Gentile, S Drew Kreutzfeldt and DL Tory Dibb seem to have bulked up considerably.
TE Cam Jones is a beast, too, maybe even taller than his listed height of 6-5. He seems to be coming along nicely, but did make a couple of drops.
There were multiple pink jerseys in play. Those are designated for players who haven’t fulfilled all of their obligations, whether on or off the field.
Former SDSU players Dale Moss, Kyle Sheehan and Kyle Harris watched practice Wednesday. Harris said that he’ll be helping out the Jacks’ special teams in the fall during his last semester of school. It can’t hurt because place kickers Justin Syrovatka and Jay Carlson struggled during field goal work.
Moss said that contact with NFL teams has been going well since his impressive showing at pro day, but declined to go into specifics. Why? Because teams don’t like showing their hands in terms of possible sleepers.
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