I know I don't have a ton of time to talk about spring football with the Big Ten Tournament over the next four days, but earlier this week our football Boilers took to the field for the first time in 2012. The biggest news was the position changes, as the first practice meant a move for several players.
Sean Robinson - Given that there are three quarterbacks in front of him with multiple games of starting experience, plus several talented quarterbacks coming in behind him, Robinson has decided to switch to the other side of the football. He will now be playing at linebacker, where there is quite a bit of talent in front of him. I think this is a bit of an odd move, but hey, if he can make it, more power to him.
Ishmael Aristide - Aristide is now bringing his speed to the offensive side of the ball after playing sparingly at safety. Aristide redshirted for a year already, and hasn't done a whole lot on defense.
Antwon Higgs - A former starter at linebacker, he played a little at defensive end but is now back at linebacker.
Patrick Bade - The former basketball player has moved from tight end to tackle, where his frame could see him challenge for a starting position with Foy moving to the left side.
Robert Kugler - The redshirt freshman is also now on the offensive line, which is good since his dad is the O-line coach for the Steelers.
Dwayne Beckford and O.J. Ross - I fear that we may have seen the last of our starting middle linebacker and wide receiver. We've been down this road before, specifically with Ken Plue. Neither will be participating in spring practice. It was recently reported that Beckford had pot with him, which certainly does not help his cause. Ross is a little different, as he supposedly got his academics in order before the bowl game.
Other than that, the big news is the quarterback battle between Rob Henry, Caleb TerBush, and Robert Marve that will likely go into the fall. Henry is still recovering from his ACL tear, but seems to be progressing well. I still think in the end Marve is our best option with Henry on the field as a slash-type player we utilize more than Justin Siller, but that is only my opinion.