We made it! We have finally reached the first week of August and camp season is upon us. In this article I will be taking a look at what you should be watching out for as your team begins fall camp. (Due to week zero games, Colorado State, Wyoming, and Hawaii have already started camp).
QB Battle: Every couple of years, each school faces the inevitable quarterback battle and this year is no different in the Mountain West. Multiple teams face questions at quarterback, including some teams that are expected to reach bowls come December. Colorado State and Wyoming appear to be the most notable teams with questions at quarterback.
Who is standing out? Most days of camp conclude with interviews from coaches and veteran players. The most frequently asked question is usually “who is standing out?” These interviews often provide us with insight on some players you may not be familiar with. For example, most Boise State fans had never heard of Avery Williams before Fall camp last year. Williams proved to be a dynamic returner and eventually won a starting spot at cornerback.
Which true freshman will play: Every fall camp, avid fans get excited about the incoming class and often times have unrealistic expectations of how they will impact their team. I expect this year to be no different, especially with the new rule that allows true freshman to participate in four games without burning their redshirt. Listen to interviews and attend open scrimmages, usually these give you a good idea of who has a realistic opportunity to contribute.
Oh, I forgot about him: Every year there is a player or two that surprises or we forgot about. Often times, these players come in the form of redshirt freshman, players returning from injury, or my personal favorite, walk-ons.
Can your team overcome loses from the previous season? Every year teams lose impact players to graduation, leaving early for the league, or transfers. Recruiting and depth are tested early in the season.
Can your team compete in the trenches? The best teams in the league always have strong play on both sides of the line. My biggest concern as a fan is always how my team will replace loses in the trenches.
What is the identity of your team? Will your team play smash mouth football? Is your team relying on an experienced defense to make up for an inexperienced offense? In fall camp, identities are forged as teams determine their strengths and weaknesses.
What are some questions you have your team as fall camp begins? Let’s discuss in the comments below.