1) With the concerns about defensive tackle depth, what are the odds that Wyatt Teller makes the 2nd string?
Chris Coleman: He’ll have his shot, but I don’t think it’s a great shot at this point in time. Teller is a big, physical and aggressive player who relied on his brute strength and toughness on the field to dominate at the high school level. He won’t have that luxury at the college level.
Teller is a bit of a bull in a china shop. I don’t know if he has bad technique or not, simply because he really didn’t bother to try and use technique in high school. He didn’t need to. He just ran over guys to get into the backfield. That makes it tough to tell how quickly he’ll adapt to the technique taught by Charley Wiles at Virginia Tech. Maybe it will come naturally and quickly, or maybe he’ll need some time to adjust.
I never made it a secret that Teller was one of my favorite recruits of the 2013 class. His tenacity, toughness and work ethic are perfect fits for our program. However, he’ll need technique to play defensive tackle at this level, and I’m not sure he’ll be able to pick that up in just one month. The guys he’ll be competing with have all gone through at least one spring practice, so they’ll likely be ahead from a technique standpoint.
2) What happens between the coaches and players after the Spring Game and before August camp breaks? Do the coaches have the chance to sit down with each player, or at least each position, and tell them what to work on over the summer? What do the players do to improve over the summer (outside of strength and conditioning)?
CC: I don’t know this for a fact, but I’m sure there is an individual meeting between each player and his position coach. The position coach tells him where he stands on the depth chart, what he needs...
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