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.
April 9, 2012
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.
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."
MIAMI, WR, SOPH.
The Hurricanes are losing 61.8% of their receiving yards with the likes of Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin no longer on campus, and Scott, who missed the last six games of 2011 with a shoulder injury, has already moved to the first team. In two spring scrimmages he has made 11 catches for 190 yards and three TDs. "He's making a lot of progress," coach Al Golden said after the first scrimmage. "What you guys saw today is what we've been seeing in camp every day."
NEBRASKA, S, SR.
Stafford (below) isn't exactly a revelation. He started 12 games last year and finished third on the team in tackles (80), after transferring to Nebraska from junior college. This spring, however, the big hitter has a better understanding of the Huskers' scheme. "He looks light years ahead of where he was a year ago—his confidence, his understanding of what we're trying to do," says coach Bo Pelini. "It's going to be fun to watch."
STANFORD, B-WR, FR.
The Cardinal's top three pass catchers from last season have left the Farm, leaving playing time up for grabs. The most surprising player this spring has arguably been Young, a former high school running back who, as a scout teamer last season, impersonated USC receiver Robert Woods in preparation for the Trojans. Young, whom coach David Shaw calls an "x factor," is seeing snaps at both running back and receiver. "It will be exciting to see how his role develops," Shaw says.