August 25, 2007

Five standouts from fall camp covered camp from every angle. With practice now closed and the opener a week away, we take a look at five Tigers who increased their stock in the last three weeks:

1. Carl Gettis--No doubt Gettis has to lead this list. He opened camp on the fourth-team (like any other newcomer) and took advantage when Hardy Ricks went down to fly up the depth chart. Gettis will have growing pains, like any true freshman, but he looks like a major player.

2. Andrew Gachkar--We will admit that this one came out of left field. But Gachkar had such speed and athleticism that Gary Pinkel revised his thought process on burning a redshirt for special teams duty. We are interested to see how much of an impact Gachkar can make.

3. Jeremy Maclin--We had heard for two years how good this kid was. No, we believe. Maclin is a great athlete and he is incredibly dangerous once he gets the ball in his hands, which is a major reason why he figures to play a big role in the return game. If there is a question mark, it is the hands. Not that they are bad, but Maclin did battle the drops at times during camp.

4. Adam Crossett--As we have said over and over, Crossett will not make believers out of his critics until he repeats his camp performance in a game, but he was very, very good for most of the fall. If the Tigers' kicking games can turn into a strength, it will mean at least one extra win.

5. Adam Spieker--Might seem strange to have Spieker on this list. I mean, how much could a four-year starter help his stock? Well, I did not see one errant snap to Chase Daniel this fall. In addition, Spieker looks like he is ready to step up and truly be the leader of the offensive line.

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