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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
3-point stance: Redshirt vs. playing time

By Ivan Maisel

1. You want your quarterback confident borderlining on cocky. Still, the comments of heralded UCLA freshman Brett Hundley, back at practice Monday after being hurt for two weeks, made me smile. Hundley said, according to the Los Angeles Daily News, “We're going to figure out (whether) it's worth playing 10, 15, 20 snaps a game or redshirting." In 14 games in 2006, Florida freshman Tim Tebow ran 89 times and threw 33 passes. I think he might tell Hundley it was worth it.

2. South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney, the No. 1 recruit in the nation in February, looks as if he’ll be comfortable with the sort of part-time role that Hundley questions. In three scrimmages, the Charleston Post and Courier reported, Clowney has five sacks, a forced fumble and a touchdown. Clowney isn’t likely to win a starting job -- the ends ahead of him are preseason All-American Devin Taylor and Melvin Ingram, the returning SEC sack leader. But we’ll notice him.

3. The more I hear about Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, the more I like. Kill told my colleague Adam Rittenberg that he favors open practices because the players work harder when people are watching. I’ve never heard that argument before, and I’m glad someone made it. Coaches close practices because they can. I think some of them would play the games without any outsiders watching if they could get away with it.