Photo report: Spring drills begin

Spring drills are a time for getting to know the players and their abilities, including more than a few experiments with position moves. <br><br>But mainly, spring is a time for teaching. And repetition is the key.

New Safeties Coach Melvin Smith delivers instructions to Roman Harper during stretching. "The thing I look for most is guys that can make plays," Smith told his athletes. Later in the practice, Harper came up with one of two interceptions on the day from his free safety position.

Sporting a new number (83) to go along with his new position (wide receiver), former defensive end Leslie Williams stretches during warmups.

"How did the quarterbacks look?" is invariably one of the first questions asked after practice. Well, (left to right, Brodie Croyle, Spencer Pennington and Tyler Watts) answer the question for themselves.

Some guys just can't wait.
After meeting for lunch at Dreamland prior to the practice, Ramzee Robinson (CB), Brandon Avalos (QB) and Ken Darby (TB) pose outside. During practice each 2002 signee stayed with their position group to learn as much as possible.

As part of today's practice, the cornerbacks spent time fielding hard throws from the passing machine--always off balance, never straight on. Coach Thurmond (left) looks on as Equipment Manager Tank Conerly works the equipment.

There is still work to be done before the team can practice on the surface, but installation of "Field Turf" in the Crisp Indoor Facility continues.

Spring practice is a time for learning, and repetition was the order of the day. Here, Offensive Line Coach Jim Bob Helduser works with his unit.

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