The first day of practice in pads usually isn't a thing of beauty. Most players are just anxious to hit somebody after being in shells the first two days.
Wednesday afternoon's practice started about an hour early (around 2:30) and consisted of mostly one-on-one work between different units of the team: the offensive line vs. the defensive line, receivers vs. cornerbacks, etc. The entire practice consisted of little or no scrimmaging and was in a very controlled enviroment.
Friday, the team is expected to go into more of a situational scrimmage type setting, working more in goaline and 1st-and-10 situations.
Bowden commented after practice the that the first day in pads was mostly about getting back to the basics and getting a hat on people.
Proctor Asserting Himself
Just like we discussed in our spring ball preview article a few weeks ago, don't be surprised to see Will Proctor emerge from the early stages of spring practice as the second team quarterback.
Sure enough on Wednesday, Tommy Bowden said that Will Proctor is ahead of C.J. Gaddis behind Whitehurst.
"Right now it goes Charlie Whitehurst, then Will Proctor, and then C.J. Gaddis for us at quarterback," Bowden said. "Charlie has been throwing the ball well for us and Will Proctor has really looked good the last couple of days."
In addition, several players and coaches (including Bowden) have commented Charlie Whitehurst has been throwing the ball extremely well this spring.
What About Cory Groover?
Tommy Bowden also said Wednesday that Cory Groover is coming along well, even though he knows there could be some potential road blocks for him this spring.
"He's kind of raw and unpolished right now," said Bowden.
"The competition he was going against was pretty tough today. His technique is going to be a little different then the kind of stuff he did in junior college, and we are throwing a lot of stuff at him. But he looks good standing there."
Other Players Looking Good
In addition to some of the other players we reported on earlier in our initial practice report, Bowden also said that DT Eric Coleman and OL Cedric Johnson were two other players in the trenches that stood out to him on Wednesday.
Spring Practice Insider: Day III
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