Thursday, November 13, 2008

Shuffle the lineups

Two notes on lineups for both football and basketball.

Football: the defensive line is getting a makeover for this week against North Carolina. Jeremy Navarre is being moved back to defensive end where Mack Frost has been unable to recover from his knee injury and Dean Muhtadi has struggled valiently to play a role he shouldn't be asked to fill. With Rick Costa out of the picture Trey Covington will likely take the majority of snaps at the LEO. Inside Travis Ivey will take over Navarre's position and Dion Armstrong may share snaps with Bemi Otulaja at nose tackle. I don't think Ivey or Armstrong are ready to claim those positions this season and I am skeptical that this will significantly improve the pass rush or run defense.

Basketball: Gary Williams did confirm to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times that Eric Hayes, Landon Milbourne and Greivis Vasquez will start tomorrow night against Bucknell. There was some confusion over whether Vasquez's suspension would carry over to the opening game, he sat out the exhibition against Northwood, but it appears he will play. We'll have to check in at game time to see what was true. Sean Mosley, who looked fine to me last week, will also be ready to play. My guess is that the other two starters are Cliff Tucker and Braxton Dupree. I could also see as many as five other players getting the other two starting spots. The introductions will be interesting.

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