The veteran Tigers donned helmets and shoulder pads for the first time during their third workout of the 2010 fall camp, and with the pads came the contact. After three short agility stations that coaches brought the offensive line, defensive line, tight ends and linebackers into one-on-one drills. Josh Downs, who always goes 110-percent, was very impressive during his two turns. On the other side of the coin, redshirt freshman Tahj Jones was roughed up a bit by both Chase Clement and Deangelo Peterson.
The lone name still gone from activity was Josh Dworaczyk, who was absent on both Thursday and Friday with an illness. Dworaczyk could be a name that failed the conditioning test pre-camp. Miles made mention of one veteran big man who did not pass, but didn’t share names. Freshman Evan Washington – who was the lone early enrollee from the 2010 signing class - worked with the veteran offensive line for the first time this fall. At 6-foot-5, 315-pounds Washington’s a big mover with tons of strength, certainly an early candidate to back up one of the tackle spots.
Coach Billy Gonzales and the receivers continued to work with the quarterbacks on sharpening their route running. There was still no sign from the other freshman receivers as Kadron Boone and Armand Williams worked with the morning group for the third day in a row.
Defensively, coordinator John Chavis became very animated during the agility drills. He wasted no time jumping on a couple of his linebackers for not staying low enough during the drills. This group might be young and short on experience, but there is a fire being lit underneath them in these practices. By the time the hitting really starts during full-team workouts, this unit should be a good one to keep an eye on.
Travis Dickson was back with the morning group at fullback. Brandon Worle had assumed that role on Friday after Dickson started camp with the veterans on Thursday. Both of the guys spent a majority of their time taking in the plays and studying technique from coach Frank Wilson, who also becomes rather animated when one of his runners missteps. On Friday, Michael Ford caught an earful from inches away after he ran the wrong route out of the backfield.
The younger guys will take the field for the final split squad practice this afternoon, and on Sunday the team will have its first full squad practice.
Check back later for a report on the freshmen at the afternoon practice session.