Two A Days

The second week of fall camp opened this morning at the Joan in front of a sparse gathering of die hard Herd fans. It was a warm, sunny morning, and the field of players looked so much different than last week. This morning was a full load, every player in camp was practicing on the first day of true two a day practices.

The team, again, was practicing at a very high level. There were very few errors early on, very few dropped passes, and for the most part each player seemed to know exactly where to go for each drill and how to complete each drill. This is one of the many advantages to the first week split squad practice sessions.

First, a look at the quarterback position. Rakeem Cato continues to prove that there simply is no controversy. If Cato has his way, this will be the case until the 2015 spring camp begins. Cato is quite simply, a leader on this team. At least, that is the perception of myself. Cato has no problem telling anyone on the team where to be, or how to complete a task. He misses on very few throws, and when he does, it was usually done to avoid a turnover.

Cato led the team on multiple drives during seven on seven drills, which ended in touchdown passes to receivers Aaron Dobson and Gator Hoskins.

In regards to the back up quarterback position, one would have to assume that Blake Frohnapfel is in the lead, however, Gunnar Holcombe is turning some heads. Holcombe has the stronger arm at this point in camp, but is not nearly as big as Frohnapfel. Both quarterbacks love the fact that they have go to guys to throw to, namely Eric Frohnapfel and Tommy Shuler.

One of the best catches of the day came on a pass from Frohnapfel to wide receiver Craig Wilkins. The catch did not count as he caught it out of bounds, but it was a beautiful grab going out of the side of the endzone with a defender draped all over him. Wilkins, number 81, has the potential to step in next season in place of Dobson or Antavious Wilson.

Jazz King, has been put in the back ground by most fans, but King is having a good camp. One of his biggest attributes is his downfield blocking.

The starting defense stayed relatively the same. Jeremiah Taylor and Alex Bazzie at defensive end, Brandon Sparrow and Marques Aiken at defensive tackle, Raheem Waiters, Jermaine Holmes and Devin Arrington at linebacker, Keith Baxter and Monterius Lovett at defensive back, and Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha. Penn State transfer Derrick Thomas saw some first team reps at defensive back as well.

D.J. Hunter and Derek Mitchell saw most of the back up safety reps, with Shawn Samuels getting in there as well. As mentioned over the weekend former defensive back Corie Wilson has been moved to safety. Andre Scott is at the position as well.

Zach Dunston has left the program. No reason given.

Thomas nearly made a spectacular one handed interception on an overthrown ball. Just the fact that he got a full hand on the ball caused a collective "ahhh" from throughout the field from his teammates.

There is a new linebacker wearing number 54, I will get more information as I receive it.

Aaron Dobson is practicing hard at the little things. He seems determined to help this team win and make himself and even better wide out.

Armonze Daniel still hasn't ascended the depth chart yet. Currently is still with the threes at defensive end. Malcolm Strong, and Rashawde Myers are with the twos. Daniel is very strong. In a one on one drill with an offensive lineman today, he totally controlled the line with his arms and his strength.

Travon Van saw a few more semi live reps today during seven on seven drills.

A.J. Leggett was on the sidelines today, dressed, but out of practice. Doesn't seem to be anything to overly serious.

Darryl Roberts appeared to be out of his boot, but was still moving very gingerly. Could the emergence of Derrick Thomas give Roberts a chance to take the year off and redshirt. Remember, he is just a true junior right now after having playing during his redshirt freshman season.

Remi Watson is running the football like a man with something to prove to the coaching staff and to himself.

Stay tuned to Herdhaven.com for further updates and practice reports.

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