Overcast skies held off the heat on Wednesday morning as the Tiger football team took to the Ponderosa. The media was allowed to observe for approximately 20 minutes, and here’s a review from the session.
Following the Big Cat Drill the defensive line broke away with coach Brick Haley and began their day on the sleds. The coaches stayed on everyone about coming off the line with power and pushing through the defender. Defensive end Sam Montgomery was complimented more than once for his good form. On the contrary, defensive end Lavar Edwards was told a couple of times to keep his shoulder pads lower.
Senior Drake Nevis continues to guide the group through each day. On Tuesday defensive coordinator John Chavis called Nevis one of the best leaders a coach could ask for, and through just a week of fall ball you can tell why. Nevis is always going at full speed, he never takes reps off and he’s got a way of vocally motivating the guys to keep pace.
While Chris Davenport has continued to shed weight, Chavis mentioned him alongside Bennie Logan as two names that still need to make up ground in order to catch the pack. On Wednesday Davenport brought up the rear in each of the drills, and he worked with the two-deep in place of the injured Josh Downs. Downs, who was held back on Monday with an apparent hamstring injury, said at Tuesday’s media session that he would be good to go at some point this week.
I continue to be impressed with freshman Ego Ferguson. The coaches have decided to stick with defensive end to start, so he will need to clean up the midsection and iron out some of his technique issues. All the while he’s a kid who’s already carrying over 280 at 6-foot-3, and you won’t see many other incoming freshmen bring that – plus good athleticism and flexibility - to the table.
The Tigers were without Josh Downs, who was held back on Monday with an apparent hamstring injury. Downs said at Tuesday’s media session that he would be good to go at some point this week.
The linebackers and defensive backs both worked on their footwork for much of the session. Karnell Hatcher was running as the first-team safety over Jai Eugene, something we saw for the first time on Monday. Chavis that that while Brandon Taylor has a spot locked up, Hatcher, Eugene and Craig Loston will battle for the opposite slot.
At cornerback Tyrann Mathieu ran alongside Ron Brooks as the second-team names. Patrick Peterson and Mo Claiborne continued their run with the first-team.
The team will be back to practice this afternoon at 4 p.m. Check back for more on the Tigers.