Maddox, Others Impress in Saturday Srimmage. Steve Spurrier is now saying that Brian Maddox has a head up in the competition for starting tailback. I liked Maddox's play when he saw the field last year and honestly thought he should have gotten more of the touches that were going to Mike Davis and Eric Baker, so I think Maddox's fine play this spring is promising. Other news from Saturday includes Stephen Garcia's continued solid play (note that this spring so far is not featuring the extreme uncertainty at quarterback of years past--that's a goo thing), promising play from Jarvis Giles, and an overall good performance from the offense. I'd like to again say that, if the defense plays anything like it did last year, I think we might be pleasantly surprised with what this team can do with an improved offense.
USC Takes Down Arkansas, 9-1. This was a big win against a highly ranked team. A win today to take the series would really get the conference's attention.
The Tar Heels and Spartans advanced last night to set up a Finals showdown tommorow night between two of the game's stalwart programs. North Carolina's dominant win over 'Nova wasn't a surprise, but MSU's relatively easy win over an athletic UConn team was probably something of a surprise to many, although one that I predicted. MSU, though, is going to have its hands full tonight against the Heels. The Spartans will have to try to somehow slow North Carolina down, and no one has been able to do that so far during the tournament. Granted, State was able to create a lot of turnovers against UConn last night, and they may be able to do so again tonight. If they can't, the game will become a shoot out, and State will have to shoot really well to have a chance. Although I think State has a better chance against UNC than anybody else has had, I really like the Tar Heels in this one.