Some thoughts from Fayetteville’s Purple-White game as the Bulldogs wrapped up spring drills Friday at Harmon Stadium…
* The 2014 Bulldogs appear to be a headed back towards a more balanced offensive attack. While there are plenty of playmakers in the passing game, like Class of 2015 tight end C.J. O’Grady and wide receiver Garland Allison, the running game looks to be a big part of the plans this fall.
Fayetteville could use as many as five different tailbacks this season, and junior-to-be Terrance Rock – who led the spring game with 67 yards on 10 carries – could battle Luke Rapert for a bulk of the carries early in the season. The Bulldogs can also turn to Rashad Brown and Maleik Mallet for added depth in the backfield.
* Returning placekickers Jon Fagg and Cal Conway both missed on field goal attempts from around 40 yards in live scrimmage action during Friday’s Purple-White game. Sophomore Rugby Young was then called on to kicked the game-winner for the Purple on the final play of the game to give the Purple a 9-7 victory, nailing a 26-yard attempt.
With Young’s addition, Fayetteville has three solid placekickers for 2014 and coach Daryl Patton has shown in the past a knack for splitting up the kicking duties. Expect more of the same this season.
* The Bulldogs have a clear quarterback competition taking place this spring that will continue through the summer. Sophomore Taylor Powell completed 12 of 17 passes for 230 yards with one touchdown and one interception and junior Jack Lindsey was 6 of 18 for 83 yards with one touchdown for the White team in Friday’s scrimmage.
Powell led Fayetteville Woodland to a perfect 10-0 record last fall and looks to become Fayetteville’s first sophomore starting quarterback since Brandon Allen in the 2008 season. Lindsey backed up Mitch Marshall last season and saw limited snaps.