The Warrior Beat


April 26th, 2013

Here's what we learned from the spring game:

• The offense can get vertical.

• Taylor Graham has a strong arm. He also has the shooter's mentality in which he doesn't let previous plays affect current throws.

• Chris Gant has emerged as a gimme-the-ball receiver. The Warriors spent the offseason recruiting play-making receivers. There was one on campus all along.

• Mike Andrade and Hunter Thomson were supposed to be fill-ins on the defensive line. They proved they deserve a chance with strong play this spring.

• Safeties John Hardy-Tuliau, Marrell Jackson and Charles Clay are playing as well as any unit this spring.

• It was only a spring game in which the QB can't be tackled — OK, can't be tackled more than once — but George Daily-Lyles' five sacks were impressive.

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We've been told that a fracture is better than a tear, so Justin Vele's ankle fracture will require a relatively quick post-surgery recovery period. There is optimism he might be ready for the start of training camp in August. Vele has developed into a pass-catching option since his move from fullback to tight end this spring.

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It's Mike Edwards' birthday today. Any guess about his birthday wish?

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