Jonas Gray and Steve Filer have been seeing some time on special teams the past two weeks and on Sunday Charlie Weis said that the plan is to work both of them on the field more in non special teams situations.
Q. Now that Jonas has played on special teams, would you be more inclined to get him carries?
COACH WEIS: That’s the intent, when we decided to do that, okay, to go ahead and involve him on special teams. It’s the same thing we did a week earlier with by Filer. We don’t all of a sudden, We’re just going to throw him in there. When we put those two guys, Filer and Jonas, I mentioned it last week, when I talked about Steven, I also talked about Jonas, we made a decision these were two guys that could help us on special teams. Obviously when the situation presents itself, we’d like to see them get involved in the offense and the defense.
Since watching film of Gray I had thought he could make a good return man and if Armando Allen continues to run the ball like he did this weekend, its possible Charlie Weis might want to give some other players cracks returning kicks to keep Allen fresh. Seeing Gray get a few carries would also be nice since he has some great speed and has looked good thus far in drills. It remains to be seen what how he will handle blitz pickups right now though. Who will lose carries in order to get Gray into the game though? That’s the big question. With some questionable defenses coming up on the schedule, maybe Weis is hoping for some comfortable fourth quarter leads lending itself to playing time for young guys like Gray.
As for Filer, he by all accounts had a pretty good fall camp and will most likely be starting once Maurice Crum leaves at the end of the season. Getting Filer some meaningful reps will be beneficial for his development. Filer has the tools to be a great linebacker and getting some experience this year will pay off for the Irish down the road.