3 things to watch at NSU spring game
1. Ethan James’ transition to left tackle. Michael Bowie’s brief, one-year stint in Tahlequah is over. He served his time well, protecting the left side of NSU’s offense after transferring from Oklahoma State. Now, after playing at right tackle in 2012, it’s James’ turn to protect Johnny Deaton’s blind side. James has always earned high praise around NSU’s camp, now it’s time to see if those words are warranted.
2. Wide receivers that separate themselves. It’s a who’s who of wide receivers in 2013. Wait, no it’s not. It’s a "who’s that?" instead. NSU is established at quarterback (Deaton) and running back with Joel Rockmore and Terrence Dixon. Now it’s time to find out who will emerge as the next play-making wide receiver. The candidates include Cruz Williams, Prince McJunkins, Brennen Evans, Jordan Robinson, Steffon Herd, Aaron Kirkpatrick and Luke Franklin.
3. Kinley Choute’s and Faafetai Te’o’s return to the defensive line. Both standouts were missed up front last season. Now, after what’s been described as impressive springs, the pair of defensive tackles return to bolster NSU’s pass rush and run stuffing.