Thoughts From Spring Football Practice: Week 2

With the second week of Marshall football spring practices nearing an end (the team will practice on Saturday in South Charleston), here's some observations and thoughts on who is doing what:

Roberto Terrell is making his presence at the cornerback position felt in drills. The 5-11, 190 pounder from Dunnellon, Florida, had a nice interception of a Byron Leftwich pass in Friday drills, stepping in front of WR Curtis Jones. On the next play, Terrell popped the ball free from WR Josh Davis' grasp, forcing the fumble...

Sophomore cornerback Roberto Terrell.

Josh Blakey is also getting some notoriety as a pass-blocker on the defensive line. Blakey, a 6-4, 306 pound defensive tackle, is listed fourth on the depth chart at tackle. However, Blakey's tip of a Stan Hill pass (which was caught by cornerback Willie Smith for the interception) was a highlight of practice...

If you think Byron Lefwich's off-season surgery on his ankle would hinder the 6-6 wunderkind, think again. Leftwich returned to practice just this past Tuesday, and has the same cannon for an arm, the same soft touch when needed, that he's always had. Leftwich does not limp or even favor the left ankle, and downplays the surgery when asked about it. It really was minor, and nothing to worry about at all. I've seen the teensy, tiny scar, and can verify that...

Leftwich's backup this year so far is Stan Hill. Hill runs the second team offense during practices, while Andrew English runs the third team. Hill is developing a nice touch on the ball. He can also run, it was discovered on Friday, when Hill ran a very pretty bootleg route around left end, untouched. There wasn't a defensive back within 20 yards of him...

Finally...concerns about the defensive line are valid with all the youth. However, it is easy to see how playing against the first team offensive line is making the defensive line much better, much quicker. D-line coach Bill Wilt confirmed this, and also mentioned that he's never seen a group (D-line) with as much enthusiasm in spring drills. He literally has each and every lineman waiting on him at 6am when Wilt arrives for practice. That's a good sign.


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