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Fitz on early start to spring practice, his running backs

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Here are some more odds and ends from Pat Fitzgerald's conversation with reports after Tuesday's spring football practice:

"I like the fact that we moved spring ball up to this point," he said of the decision to move spring ball up a week. "We're seven [practices] in so I guess we're halfway through. A lot of our young guys retention from bowl practices has been outstanding. We've been able to progress at pace we wanted to when we were afraid we wouldn't be able to because we moved it up a little bit. The guys have done a great job in the film room and studying their playbook on their own. Our retention has been pretty good."

But doesn't that mean players will have more time to forget what they learned this spring before training camp starts?

Anyway, Fitz also likes what he has seen form his running backs. Venric Mark is entrenched as the starter but this is one of the deeper positions on the roster.

Not only will senior Mike Trumpy have a role but the competition between junior Treyvon Green and redshirt freshmen Stephen Buckley and Malin Jones is ongoing.

"Both guys are very explosive and can run," Fitz said of Buckley and Jones. "Both men catch the ball very well out of the backfield. They are both picking the system up very well. It's not only things that will help us in the backfield but I think they will really help us in the kicking game.

"We've got really sold depth there right now with the way Treyvon Green has come on this spring. He's lost some weight and is moving really well. Mike Trumpy is having a really good spring. It's nice to see him healthy for a couple phases in a row. It's kind of a bad deal for Michael. He has a healthy phase and then he struggles to stay healthy. "[Venric] has been very determined, very focused and his energy level is very high. His attitude has been terrific. That whole group is playing at a very high level."

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