News, Notes & Quotes - March 15

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Wednesday March 15, 2017

- Two schools open spring practice today: Boston College and Cal.

Cal begins the Justin Wilcox era with a brand new staff, while Steve Addazio returns most of his staff, promoting quality control assistant Ricky Brown to a defensive assistant job. Both of their spring games will be on April 22.

Keep track of all spring dates here.

- South Carolina’s pro day included three players who aren’t turning pro.

New NCAA guidelines allow schools to let several non-seniors work out for scouts to give players better feedback and scouts a better scouting report for the next cycle.

"It's something that's good that the NCAA and the NFL came together to get more information on draft-eligible guys so they came make better decisions in December,” Will Muschamp said.

“They didn’t do any testing or anything like that. It was more about height, length, weight, those sort of things, but it was good exposure for them.”

- Syracuse leads the nation in returning starters.

Phil Steele put together his annual list of returning starters for every team. The top 8 are as follows:

Syracuse (20)
Florida Atlantic (18)
Texas (17)
Oregon (17)
NC State (17)
Georgia (17)
Kentucky (17)
TCU (17)

Do returning starters matter? The top 11 last year included LSU, Louisville, Wyoming, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia State, Tennessee and others… so sometimes yes, sometimes no.

- Florida freshman QB Kyle Trask has had to learn how to take snaps under center.

It’s something fewer and fewer players are doing. Jim McElwain noted that Trask has fumbled some exchanges, but he’s been very pleased with Trask so far.

“He’s put a couple on the ground,” McElwain said. “That’s always the quarterback’s fault. They haven’t been earth-shattering. His understanding of where to go with the ball, that’s what I’ve been impressed with. His eyes go to the right place. Now, we just have to cut it loose a little faster.”

- David Shaw will once again be on NFL Network’s draft coverage.

It’s the sixth straight year he’ll be on the set, and the third year in a row he’ll be involved with first-round coverage. Shaw has shined in this role. He not only shares enlightening info about Stanford players, but the rest of the Pac-12 and Stanford’s opponents.

People always wonder if Shaw will jump to the NFL, but Sports Illustrated noted a few years back that networks are very interested in him as an analyst when he hangs the coaching shoes up.

- Take a look at video from Stanford’s first spring scrimmage.

Chris Vannini is in his fifth year with and serves as its managing editor. He has previously written for the Detroit Free Press, The Oakland Press, The State News,, 247Sports and SB Nation.  A graduate of Michigan State University, Chris now lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Be sure to follow @coachingsearch and send emails to