Carl Albert must replace all of its skill position players

For the first time in his career, Titans coach Gary Rose has to replace all of his skill position players at once after graduation took the Titans' starting quarterback, receiver, runnings backs and tight ends. Carl Albert does have a solid group of linemen returning, though.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 25, 2012

Junior Steven Thompson and senior Caleb Toney are battling for the quarterback spot.

Toney, who is also working at halfback and fullback, will play on the offensive side either way.

If Toney is not the starting quarterback, he'll likely be used in short-yardage situations if nothing else.

“Caleb's a 400-plus pound squatter and he's so strong,” Rose said. “Steve's a little quicker and he's got some moves, but they both have things that set them apart.”

Other players who could fill the running back and receiver spots are Cameron Burge, Hunter Gomez, Mitchell Gomez and Bryan Williams.

Most figure to see time in the defensive backfield as well.

“We want to try to keep those guys as fresh as we can, but we're going to have to use some of them on both sides,” Rose said.

Also on defense, the Titans bring back a strong front end, including linebacker Chevin Noone, who could also see time as a short-yardage fullback.

“We're pretty green but there's some positive things there,” Rose said. “It just might take some growing pains early in the season to get there.”

by Ryan Aber
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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