It’s been interesting this spring to hear players talk about the incoming freshmen. The returning players, many of them like Cody Core still young from a game experience standpoint, anticipate fighting to keep or earn playing time.
“There’s going to be a lot of competition, and when camp starts, everything is open. There’s no first string, second string … none of that. Everything’s open. They’re going to come in and work just like we’re going to come in and work,” Core said.
The wide open competition is especially true at Core’s position, wide receiver.
With three returning starters the need is not so much for first-teamers but depth. The lack of depth has really shown up this spring with Donte Moncrief and Korvic Neat out. Core has been the only scholarship reserve with any measurable experience among the reserves, and though he appeared in 13 games last year he caught only one pass as a freshman.
For young players coming in wide receiver will be a land of opportunity for early playing time.
That being said, defensive players who have been around this spring have a great advantage says sophomore Husky Mike Hilton.
He earned a starting job mid-way through last season and says he feels much more comfortable with what he’s doing now.
“It’s very important, because if you don’t know the scheme you won’t play. You give up big plays, and that’s what killed us last year, big plays. Now that we know the scheme a lot better, we have a much better defense.”