Fall Practice Opens

It was like Christmas morning for Herd fans as the new 2012 version of the Herd took the field for the first time. However, we didn't get all of our gifts yet, as just half of the team practiced this AM. As was the case last season, the staff has split them into two groups so they can get more reps.

It was a hot day at the Joan. Not unbearable and muggy, just really hot under an unrelenting sun. The players did not seem to miss a beat. They were not sluggish and moved at a quick pace throughout The Opening session. Approximately 50 to 75 Herd faithful enjoyed the morning tilt.

Jumping right into things, two guys popped out immediately. It should come as no surprise that those guys were Steward Butler and A.J. Leggett. Leggett is not built like a typical freshman. He looks like he could come in and play immediately. He made several good plays off the corner and is very physical. He had an interception during seven on seven drills. Butler is fast. That's it, nothing else needs to be said. He is not that tall, but he can move. He glides along the ground.

Other first year players on the field this morning that I noticed were safety Shawn Samuels. Samuels is the one time Arkansas/UAB commit who was a non qualifier last season. He lined up at safety at today's morning session.

Two quarterbacks worked this morning, redshirt freshman Blake Frohnapfel, and true freshman Gunnar Holcombe. As expected, Frohnapfel looked a lot better, but Holcombe does appear to have the potential to play. Frohnapfel is just so much bigger that it makes him look more formidable.

Demetrius Evans, Tommy Shuler, Jazz King, and DeAndre Reaves were the primary receivers this morning. Evans, Shuler and Reaves look really good. Remember, Reaves is the wideout that committed to West Virginia originally before switching to Marshall. Evans is a hard worker and appears determined to crack into the wide out rotation.

Along the defensive front, Steve Dillon practiced this morning and appears to have not missed a beat. It looks like he is quicker which could mean he could see a move to the outside the fall? Maybe? As has been the theme in today's report, Dillon is a one time USC Trojan commit. One time Tennessee commit, D.J. Hunter, is as good as ever. He practiced with no apparent injury, nothing on his leg, and he moved around like we all hoped he would have last year, and expect him to this season.

I won't waste any space talking about the depth chart this morning due to the split practice.

T.J. Ross, and Josue Joseph have apparently left the program.

Neither Boston College transfer practiced this morning, but are both on the roster and should be ready to roll this afternoon.

No word yet on the Penn State transfers.

One thing I will say about the kicking game is that they kicked a lot. Justin Haig had to have kicked 40 field goals from various distances. Freshman long snapper Matt Cincotta was the long snapper this morning. He will be wearing number 88.

I was very impressed with the size and play of four offensive lineman this morning. Grady Kerr, Anthony Spano, Garrett Scott, and Clinton Van Horn look very good. This was all done without pads of course.

It was good to see C.J. Crawford practicing without any issues. He was held out of the last part of spring camp.

Remi Watson is still with the team and looked good. Watson, Butler and Senior Martin Ward were the running backs who participated in camp.

Practice continues this afternoon, as the rest of the team is expected to be joining the action.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates and Practice Reports.

Remember, the first scrimmage is this Saturday, open to Big Green members, and Season ticket holders, only.

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