The most visible task Cronin has is getting more out of returning starters Jeremiah Taylor and Alex Bazzie. They combined for 171/2 tackles for loss and 71/2 sacks, but the defense as a whole had just 19 sacks.
Cronin recalls Taylor as a developing player in that 2010 season, while he was not as familiar with Bazzie. After seeing Bazzie for 13 practices, Cronin loves what he sees.
"Bazz is such a high-motor guy, and he creates a lot of problems," Cronin said. "A lot of times, Bazzie, things might not be as perfect [but] he goes so hard and never stops moving, he's hard to block."
But Cronin's most important job may be teaching a raw Massaquoi the finer points of the position. The rest will fall to strength and conditioning coach Scott Sinclair - and Massaquoi's will.
"We hope by the fall, as he matures in the weight room, gets a little stronger, maybe comes into his own, matures mentally and develops some more mental toughness in the weight room, really becomes a guy by the fall, that's what our hope is," Cronin said. "We'll see how that goes.
"The ball's in his court now, and I think he'll handle it the right way."
There haven't been a lot of position/string changes, save for that "As the Linebacker Turns" saga, which won't be settled until August - or later. If you need to know, Billy Mitchell was paired with Cortez Carter and Jermaine Holmes was paired with Stefan Houston in two-linebacker sets.
Kevin Grooms, arrested over the weekend on underage consumption and obstruction charges, did not practice Tuesday. That did not mean he didn't get a workout - his penance exercises had observers groaning in pain.
No, Grooms is not getting off easy.
Marshall will practice in shorts at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, preparing for Saturday's Green-White Game. First whistle will be at 2 p.m.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@ wvgazette.com or at twitter.com/dougsmock.