Freshmen Austin Scott and Cedric O’Neal shined last season, becoming the first running back duo to each rush for over 1,000 yards. This spring, redshirt freshman Juwan Johnson could be the running back that turns heads.
Johnson, a 6-foot-0 talent from Groves High School, enrolled at VSU in the fall and was given a redshirt because of the strong play by O’Neal throughout camp.
Still, Valdosta State head coach David Dean was impressed with Johnson’s development and what he brought to the table.
Coming off a national championship victory just two months ago, a major part of spring practice for the Blazers will be focus. With the 2013 season still seven months away, the focus of players could be on what was just accomplished, not what is coming up in the future. Turning the focus to 2013 will be a major key for the Blazers.
I’ll have more spring practice coverage as it continues. Follow me on Twitter at @Ed_Hooper.