Pertinent Questions Entering Camp

Incoming 2009 recruit Robbie Rouse

Have all the 2009 recruits reported to camp? Is Cornell Banks eligible? Is Ryan Mathews 100%? Will the ‘Dogs throw the football more in 2009? Check inside for details…

1. Is Cornell Banks Eligible for Fall Camp?

The starting nose tackle sat out spring practice to concentrate on grades. After summer school, his status is still up in the air. If he is not eligible, he will have to sit out his junior season. In his place, sophomore Chase McEntee and redshirt freshman Anthony Williams will battle for the starting spot.

2. Is Ryan Mathews 100%?

The ‘Dogs main offensive weapon rested up in the offseason and looked good in spring. During voluntary summer workouts, he told us he feels better than ever. He is up to 215 pounds and says he is faster.

3. Will the ‘Dogs throw the rock more this fall camp?

The coaches have much more confidence in the passing offense heading into this year. The focus much of the summer was the vertical game. The players sense the transition in offensive philosophy. The running game will always be a staple, but for the wide receivers, this is the first time in their career where the long ball will be part of the offense.

"If it was up to Coach Hill, of course he would run the ball," said wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu. "But he sees what the passing game can do for the offense this year."

4. Have all the incoming players reported to camp?

Only a handful of the 2009 recruits besides Derek Carr, Daniel Salinas, and Terrance Kindle, who enrolled in the spring, participated during voluntary summer workouts. Only Travis Brown, Donnie Pritchett, Lars Bramer, and Robbie Rouse took in summer practice.

All incoming players save two reported on Wednesday. The remaining recruits are expected to report on Friday. However, as we've seen in years past, it still does not guarantee the NCAA Clearinghouse will clear each incoming player.

5. Any more surprises to expect during camp?

There was some doubt early this summer Ebahn Feathers might be ineligible. He passed the necessary classes during summer school, and he will be playing this season. However, the same may not be true for Porter Hill.

Hill missed the 2007 season because of NCAA Clearinghouse issues regarding his transcripts. He grayshirted and returned in 2008. He sustained an injury during the first week of camp and had to redshirt last season. This summer the talented defensive tackle moved to offensive right tackle. But he might have another roadblock to face before he sees the field – grades! Like Banks, Hill's status is unknown at this time.

Stay with BarkBoard.com for the start of fall camp practice on Thursday for further details on these questions. Don't forget to follow our Twitter feed for all the latest details from fall camp.


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