NOTEBOOK: Freshman could get playing time

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Posted Aug 18, 2006


“I like the young guys," said Smith. "We’re going to have to make a decision, probably after [next] Tuesday's [scrimmage], on which young guys we’re going to use.” --John L. Smith

EAST LANSING - Kerry Reed caught three balls for 99 yards and a touchdown, Jehuu Caulcrick carried eight times for 42 yards and a touchdown and Drew Stanton was 6-for-12 with a touchdown and one interception in Tuesday's weekly scrimmage.

Coach John L. Smith was satisfied but not entirely happy with some late sloppiness that drew his displeasure. "We were a little bit sloppy in our formations, substitutions, with our hands, with our tackling." said Smith.

The coach made a bit of news by intimating that freshman receiver T. J. Williams could see some time in the playing group. Smith said Williams, cornerback Roderick Jenrette and linebacker Josh Rouse could also get on the field in special situations or on special teams.

“I like the young guys," said Smith. "We’re going to have to make a decision, probably after [next] Tuesday's [scrimmage], on which young guys we’re going to use.”

After Smith and offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin decided on Kyle Cook as their starting center, the offensive line takes shape with three first time starters, junior Peter Clifford, along with sophomores Roland Martin and Jesse Miller.

Brett Swenson appeared to take an early lead in the placekicking wars, booting five field goals despite a pulled groin. Smith likes Swenson's toughness and his accuracy. He would likely be happy to have Swenson doing field goal duties and leave Todd Boleski to kickoff but Boleski's extremely strong leg (field goals of 52 and 55 yards) will likely get him into games for a few tries.


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