I cannot give you accurate statistics, I cannot give you an official attendance figure, and I'm not positive which team won. But I swear I attended today's spring game, and I have a few opinions on it.
-Defensively, you had to like what you saw. Guys were active, before and after the whistle, and they appeared to react to what was happening around them quicker than we've seen in recent years. There is a reasonably high level of detail that goes into what these guys were doing, and yet they didn't appear to be "thinking" too much. Specifically, I like that Mike Martin was moving all over the defensive line to create mismatches for himself. Martin is a playmaker and his playmaking ability is somewhat stymied when he's lined up inside. I like the movement. I also liked the play of Jake Ryan (quick off the end) and Carvin Johnson (seemed to always be in position to make a play).
-Michael Cox. I recognize that his handful of carries is a small sample size, but he made the most of them, taking one 68 yards for a score. Coach Hoke was not very complimentary when asked to assess his running backs as a whole, but he did say Cox had a very good day.
-Quarterbacks. Denard had a poor day passing and had problems receiving the snap from under center. Still, in the framework of a "real" game in which he's permitted to run until he scores or is tackled, Denard is a real talent. I've seen it before and I'm not concerned. As for back-up Devin Gardner, frankly, he didn't show me much today. Like Denard, Devin's ability to make plays with his feet was largely neutralized today, so I'm keeping that in mind. As a passer, he was inaccurate --- throwing back to back interceptions --- though to his credit, he hooked up with Je'Ron Stokes (Stokes pushed off the defender!) for the game-winner in the corner of the end zone. Suffice it to say, both quarterbacks have a lot of work to do.
-Kickers. Explanation unnecessary.