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Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Links: Looking for a few good men


Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Welcome to another round of links from around the schools of the Independents and Others. There's a lot of stuff going on this week as several spring practices begin to wrap. A lot of teams are looking for players to fill holes and assert themselves as starters and maybe even find an identity as a team.

• The Annapolis Capital writes that freshman Alexander Teich has pretty much secured the top fullback spot for the Naval Academy.

• UAB has been known for its ability to score, but defense was a point of contention heading into this spring and a lot of questions remain unanswered.

• New head coach Gary Andersen is beginning the process of turning Utah State into a contender in the WAC.

• Coaches from Boise State are taking time to get new ideas from other college coaches and coaches in the NFL that could help the Broncos this year.

• Notre Dame redshirt freshman John Goodman might be taking snaps at quarterback as the Irish finish up their spring football, he just doesn't know when.

• New Mexico State defensive lineman Justen Alford has been catching the eye of his new coaching staff and hopes that will translate into more playing time.

• Don't be surprised to see running back Phillip Tanner catch more passes than he takes handoffs in Middle Tennessee's new offensive scheme.

• ECU running back Dominique Lindsay, who was injured prior to the 2008 season, is back for his senior year hoping to be the player he was in 2007.

• Wyoming is looking to restore the tough-guy image for which it used to be known.

• It's never too early to prepare for the opening game of the season and that's what Hawaii is doing as it devotes time to the option, an offense the Warriors will see from several early opponents.