stonum in the spring game?

Submitted by ish on April 21st, 2010 at 3:29 PM

did stonum play in the spring game? i could've sworn i saw him, but have since deleted it from my dvr. he didn't have any catches.

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patol8

April 21st, 2010 at 3:48 PM ^

I was at the spring game and watched Stonum a little bit, he was getting pretty frustrated and pissed...hopefully he won't turn into another greg matthews 2009.

Braylon1

April 21st, 2010 at 5:48 PM ^

I'm surprised you got negged for this. I've been saying we should move him around and get him in the slot for awhile now. If we get the ball to our slot WR's then why don't we use his talent from that spot?

I'm split between thinking the coaches won't get him the ball enough and/or that they were very vanilla with the offense.

jmblue

April 21st, 2010 at 4:09 PM ^

How fast is he? He's been billed as a burner, and he did a great job as our kickoff returner last year, but his top speed doesn't seem that fast. His two TDs (ND return, MSU reception) were fantastic plays but I felt like he had a hard time really getting away from the defense.

moffle

April 21st, 2010 at 4:19 PM ^

I was also wondering about this. There hasn't been much news on him this spring at all.
I was a little surprised to hear Rodriguez talking up Gallon on kick returns because I thought Stonum did a stellar job there last year. If Gallon is even better we are in great shape.

PhillipFulmersPants

April 21st, 2010 at 5:18 PM ^

can all agree that fewer kick off return opportunities is something to hope for this year, and many more punt return opporutnities (requisite hold onto the damn ball).

I like Stonum as kick off return guy. Doesn't seem like the shiftiest guy out there, but it looks like he can make a cut if he sees a seam and jet through it (as he did a couple times last year).

Is there some talk about Gallon on punt returns? The vid from spring game didn't really show who was doing the receiving on the back end that I recall. I would assume Odoms is in the mix here and possibly T. Robinson?

BleedingBlue

April 21st, 2010 at 5:09 PM ^

He was wide open more than a few times. I'm curious if they didn't call his number on purpose to save some downfield plays that noone has seen...OR the QB's don't like him. Take your pick.

jrt336

April 21st, 2010 at 5:59 PM ^

At least one of Stonum and Hemingway need to step up. Roundtree should be good for at least 700 yards, although I guess that would depend on who our starting QB will be. But after him we don't have any clutch guys. Odoms is good, but he can also disappear. We need a big play guy, and that has to be Stonum or Hemingway.

ironman4579

April 22nd, 2010 at 9:05 AM ^

I actually disagree with the "step up" comments. Last year and in the spring game (not Hemingway in the spring game obviously, but last year) I've seen these guys wide open on numerous plays. The QB's either just aren't finding the outside guys when they're open, or the majority of plays are designed to go to the slot first.

If you really look at the history of RR's offense at WVU, the outside guys have basically been deep receivers that are expected to go up and get some jump balls. That was basically what Chris Henry did. Ran deep routes and won jump balls. The short passing game is basically all slot/TE stuff. The mid level stuff if really still TE's and slots.

The spread offense also really doesn't have a ton of routes for the outside guys. They do not run the full route tree. Basically you'll see 4's, 7's and 9's out of the outside guys.

collegefootballguru

April 22nd, 2010 at 5:10 PM ^

i was there and actually watched him for quite a long time in warmups. He did not have a catch in the game though, like you guys already pointed out, but he looked very solid in warmups.

He possessed very good route running, great hands, and aggression to go after the ball. He has a lot of potential, his only problem I saw though was sometimes he looked to be about a quarter of a second slower than the other WRs, relating to quickness.

We will see what we will see...