It was business as usual at the Charles McClendon Football Practice Facility. Even with the presence of the ESPN crew, the team did not appear distracted.
As always, the quarterbacks started the practice working with their wide receivers on a variety of plays. Each quarterback took turns throwing 20 and 30 yard passes down the sideline.
Despite some overthrown balls by freshman Ryan Perrilloux, each quarterback appeared to be on target with each pass they threw.
JaMarcus Russell looked impressive as they moved on to 10 yard passes across the middle. He constantly threw line-drive passes placed in the right spot for his receivers.
The final drill of the second period featured the receivers practicing inside fake cuts. Wide Receiver coach Todd Monken stressed selling the fake as veterans Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis executed the drills flawlessly.
At the start of the third period, the quarterbacks moved to the running backs and fullbacks, working on inside handoffs and rollout passes.
Shyrone Carey and Joseph Addai displayed their sure hands as they hauled in 10 yard comeback passes. One of Addai's catches was so impressive that "there you go, Joe" was heard coming from the wide receivers who were watching their teammates practice.
Miles spent most of the four periods looking over the offensive line as they worked on the initial impact and double teaming the defense. Senior Rudy Niswanger did not practice today, and wore shorts and a jersey as he watched the O-line practice with Miles.
On the other side of the ball, the defense got to see the most hitting in practice to date. The linemen, linebackers, and defensive backs worked together for the first period before splitting into their individual groups in the later periods. The tried executing as a unit, and looked fairly well doing it.
After the first period, the linebackers worked on stripping the ball from the offense while the defensive backs continued to practice in zone coverage.
Aside from the scores of ESPN cameramen and announcers, this morning's practice was also attended by scouts from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions.
The team will practice again this afternoon to complete their final two-a-day of fall camp.
PRACTICE REPORT: Aug. 19 - Morning
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