Spring practice reveals QB battle, seldom used RB back in rotation

Josue Simplice

The first open practice of the year has revealed an intriguing quarterback competition between Greg Hankerson and Jacquez Johnson. Hankerson threw three touchdowns today – one each to William Dukes, Lucky Whitfield and Marcus Cunningham.

Johnson, on the other hand, had a few miscues and overthrows, but he appears to be in better shape than he was last season. On a couple of plays, his timing seemed off with his receivers, and that might have played a hand in Hankerson receiving first team repetitions.

Another standout from this practice was wide receiver Derek Moise. Moise had a beautiful catch downfield early in the scrimmage, and also had a 67-yard touchdown catch later on. DJ Juste displayed his versatility by being utilized as a receiver, running back and return man.

Jay Warren received most of the snaps at running back today. Expect Juste and Jackson to receive snaps at running back in the upcoming spring game if they continue their strong play in practice. Tony Moore also ran well, but had one fumble on a botched handoff. Martese Jackson received first and second team repetitions; he fell out of favor with the previous coaching staff, but could be a bigger part of the offense under the new regime.

Keep in mind that the defense was not playing at full speed today. Most of men looked to be going about 75 percent – even so, Nate Ozdemir and Trevon Coley continuously applied pressure on the quarterbacks they faced. The FAU spring game is open to the public and will take place on April 5.