"We're from [south Florida], he's from Dade [County] and I'm from Broward," Tindal said. "He's tough. He knows the game, he loves the game, he works hard at it. He's always learning."
Tindal is the "midyear prop" out of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., via Atlanta Sports Academy, who became eligible in December. His arrival, along with that of fellow Broward County native Kent Turene, was much anticipated.
Though Turene's spring was cut short by an injury, the anticipation was warranted. Wherever the ball goes, so does No. 19.
"That role is wonderful, being around the ball, kind of taking a 'Honey Badger' role," Tindal said, referring to Mathieu, a 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist. "He played it good, so I watch his film to see what I could learn from him.
"He made the nickel role famous, put it like that."
The Shuler-Tindal rivalry was set aside briefly when Shuler landed awkwardly during one of their impromptu pass-play meetings. Shuler got up holding his wrist (maybe to support his arm or shoulder), and refused to be taken out before the next play.
Shuler's status, other than being earmarked for a reduced workload anyway, is uncertain for Thursday's 3:30 p.m. practice.
Another injury of note: Jordan Jeffries, who has been working at second-team left guard, was held out of contact.
In that "Who was that?" moment, a red No. 8 made a nifty catch at the "Z" receiver position.
The play happened along the western sideline, right next to the closed-off west side of Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Without a closer look, observers on the east side of the stadium thought that might be defensive back Keith Baxter, who has worn a "no contact" red no. 8 this spring.
Guess again. This time it was Andre Scott, the redshirt freshman borrowed from the safeties. With the Herd looking good at the position with Taj Letman and D.J. Hunter on the first unit, this is mildly intriguing.
"He's a tremendous athlete we're trying to get on the field, and we're just taking a look," Holliday said. "End of spring is a time to experiment, if you want to take a look at some people."
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