Spring Photo Gallery: Week 2
David Vobora
VandalVenue.com
Posted Apr 11, 2006


Less than two weeks remain in a spring camp that has been dominated thus far by the Vandal defense as the offense continues to work on absorbing coach Dennis Erickson's new offensive schemes. True-junior linebacker DAVID VOBORA has seen extensive playing time with the #1 defensive unit, while an army of young athletes around him are getting significant reps on both sides of the ball.

Having watched these scrimmages for several years now, the staff of VandalVenue.com is actually intrigued by the performance so far of the Vandal defense. Granted, the offense is making some serious adjustments with coach Erickson's new offensive schemes, so the unit as a whole is at a comparative disadvantage.

But against an offensive line that returns four starters, the defensive line is making a push. Linebackers are stepping up and stuffing running lanes against backs like Jayson Bird and Rolly Lumbala. The ends are putting good pressure on a veteran quarterback, and the defensive backs are getting in the grills of a group of veteran receivers.

More to the point, this defense is absolutely flying to the ball this spring. They're being aggressive up front, smart in the backfield, and rugged throughout the linebacking unit. In general, this side of the ball has seen the most true-freshman play the last two years, and the maturity is starting to show.

Up front, despite the loss of junior iron-man Siua Musika at defensive tackle this spring, some depth has definitely emerged within the ranks, along with steady performances by players like Ryan Davis, Josh Shaw, Ben Alexander, and Charles Campbell, all of whom will be counted on to play leading roles this fall.

In the backfield, some noteworthy performances have been on full display this spring by the cornerbacks; namely Reggie Jones, Stanley Franks, and Jason Martin. This trio is turning out to be a rock-solid group, which is important given the youth that will be backing them up this fall.

The linebacking unit is as deep and athletic as advertised. David Vobora, Josh Bousman, and Jaron Williams have seen the most time with the #1s, but the play of Jason Brown, Brandon Ogletree, and Robert Davis makes this a strong, athletic group. Replacing an All-WAC first teamer like Cole Snyder, plus team-leader Mike Anderson, will be challenging, but this group is showing some grit.

Offensively the team has shown some explosiveness (for those that haven't seen a 6-5, 255-pound TE rumble 60+ yards on a TD pass, you might want to check out the next scrimmage), but is still working on consistency. This is to be expected, and the group overall is making progress daily.

More on that later...

For now, we tip our hats to the defense on an impressive effort so far this spring.


Jaron Williams
Jaron Williams, 6-1, 217, Senior
Linebacker

Luke Smith-Anderson
Luke Smith-Anderson, 6-5, 253, Junior
Tightend

Brandon Ogletree
Brandon Ogletree, 6-3, 225, Junior
Linebacker
Jason Brown
Jason Brown, 6-2, 220, Sophomore
Linebacker

Chris Joseph
Chris Joseph, 6-4, 215, Sophomore
Quarterback

Steve Wichman
Steve Wichman, 6-3, 219, Senior
Quarterback
Nathan Enderle
Nathan Enderle, 6-5, 215, True-Freshman
Quarterback

T.J. Conley
T.J. Conley, 6-3, 216, Sophomore
Quarterback

Devon Sturdivant
Devon Sturdivant, 5-10, 205, Redshirt Freshman
Runningback

Gavin Smith
Gavin Smith, 5-7, 179, Sophomore
Runningback



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