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MAJOR MOVERS
GENE MENEZ
April 09, 2012
From California to Florida, players are using spring practice to turn heads and make a case for playing time this fall
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April 09, 2012

Major Movers

From California to Florida, players are using spring practice to turn heads and make a case for playing time this fall

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STEVE EDMOND

TEXAS, LB, SOPH.

Penciled in to start in the middle, the 6'3", 255-pound Edmond has the size of a middle linebacker with the sideline-to-sideline range of an outside 'backer. Coaches and teammates describe Edmond, who made just 16 tackles as a reserve last season, as an athletic freak. "Steve's got some unbelievable ability," coach Mack Brown says, "but still has to keep playing." With Edmond and 6'5", 335-pound tackle Brandon Moore, a junior college transfer, the Longhorns' already strong D will have the option to go big up the middle.

TREY METOYER

OKLAHOMA, WR, FR.

A five-star recruit in 2011, Metoyer attended Hargrave Academy last year before arriving in Norman in January. This physical 6'2", 198-pound receiver has already wowed coaches and teammates with plays like the one he made in last Saturday's scrimmage: a one-handed catch followed by the shedding of two attempted tackles for a long touchdown. With the record-setting Ryan Broyles off to the NFL, Metoyer could quickly step into the starting lineup.

ZACH METTENBERGER

LSU, QB, JR.

The Tigers were considered on the short list of teams to open the season at No. 1 before the strong-armed 6'5", 222-pound Mettenberger showed how much progress he has made this spring, potentially resolving LSU's biggest issue—quarterback play. Despite the modest stat line (14-of-25 passing, 270 yards, two TDs, two interceptions) in last Saturday's spring game, coach Les Miles said Mettenberger "has really improved and continues to [improve]." Said cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, "I think we're going to win a championship with him. That's just my opinion, but he's throwing the ball, and he has his receivers in a stream of confidence right now."

RASHAWN SCOTT

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