Day Two: News & Notes

News and notes from day two of spring practice.

Donning the pads
The team will work out in full pads for the first time on Saturday. With pads, usually comes increased intensity. Saturday will also be the day that players truely begin to seperate themselves on the depth chart. Sounds like the makings of a great afternoon of practice.

Focus & Leadership
What a difference a year makes! Here are a few signs of improved focus and leadership. As day two of practice neared and the players began making their way to the field, some of the defensive line walked onto the practice fields. Sophomore defensive tackle Montavious Stanley noticed his fellow linemen and quickly reminded them that there is no walking on or off the field. Immediately those that were walking decided to pick up their pace.

Eric Shelton, who said yesterday that he needs to improve his pass receiving, has remained a few minutes following each practice with fellow running back Lionel Gates and worked on catching the ball.

Broderick Clark was once again working with the kick return unit. Joining him was senior Victor Glenn, sophomore Robert Haskins and junior Kerry Rhodes.

Grading players
It was somewhat apparent the coaching staff spent a good amount of time Thursday evening and Friday morning evaluting what they saw on the practice fields on day one. Some areas seemed to be taking shape, especially the defensive line and linebacker units. Stanley and Tyrone Satterfield seem to have the early lead for that tackle spots, while Leffew has probably secured one of the ends. Renardo Foster, Matt Sanders and Elvis Dumervil saw equal time working at the other end. Rod Day saw action with every linebacker team this afternoon and was most often teamed up with Jonathon Jackerson and Robert McCune. Brandon Johnson also saw plenty of action at outside linebacker.

However, things can change rapidly once the pads come on as players begin exhibiting their tackling and coverage abilities.

Justin Rascati continued to impress me with his accuracy, on both the short and deep routes. He has shown great touch and timing. Stefan LeFors is easily the more mobile quarterback and continued to impress on short routes. He still hasn't shown that he can put enough zip on the ball for deeper routes. Gerry Ahrens looked better on day two and was putting the ball on the numbers for most of the practice session.

Dontay Spillman
ITV has learned that while Spillman is on the team, he does still has a bit of work to do until he can rejoin the team on the practice fields.

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