By JIM METCALFE
Spring practice has always been a big deal in the past in college football.
It’s always intriguing to see what Local State University has in store for the upcoming season with the veterans returning — who has stepped up in off-season workouts; has gotten bigger, faster, stronger; has developed in the scheme of things; is changing positions; etc., etc., etc. — and those fighting to replace departed stars that were either backups last fall, saw limited action, simply dressed or were even red-shirted or gray-shirted and how much they have grown and improved — or not.
Sometimes, things don’t pan out for whatever reason: a player loses heart or his love of the game, simply doesn’t want to put in the time or whatever.