Fall Practice - Day One

Fall practice began today and the players were ready to go. There was an excitement in the air from the upperclassmen down to the freshman. Today was the first of 28 practices before the opener August 28 at Louisiana Tech. Although it rained earlier in the day the rain stopped prior to practice.

Head Coach Larry Coker's assessment of practice today. "We were a little bit ragged in some areas, a little bit not-fluid as we are going to be and everybody got worked. It was an outstanding first day. We are a lot further along obviously than we were in the spring. The defense was making plays all over the field." According to Coker, Frank Gore looked great. Ryan Moore and Roscoe Parrish had good days as well.

Offensive Line Coach Art Kehoe had the offensive lineman working hard today. Kehoe's voice was heard by many spectators motivating his guys throughout the drills. There are six guys who will see significant time this season and Kehoe could not pick out the seventh guy on the depth chart at this point in time. Eric Winston, Vernon Carey, Joel Rodriguez, Chris Myers, Carlos Joseph and Joe McGrath will be in the offensive line rotation with Rodriguez and Myers handling the center position.

Defensive lineman, Vince Wilfork talked about being a leader on this football team. "I want to be a coach on the field. I have been in this program for three years and want to teach the younger players." Santonio Thomas, Baraka Atkins and Thomas Carroll played with the first unit today along with Wilfork.

Tyrone Moss' assesment of the tempo of his first collegiate practice, "It's very quick and fast, not like high school," he said. Moss is extremely excited to be on the football field and his positive energy should help him throughout the year. He broke out a nice run during an offense/defense drill.

Highly anticipated wide receiver, Devin Hester finally stepped onto the practice field after missing last season with academic problems. Hester had a rough practice dropping a few passes, but he did have a nice punt return down the sideline. The Riviera Beach native played with the third string offense today.

Brock Berlin looked good today completing a couple long passes with perfect throws. His arm was bothering him a little bit but it is nothing serious. Being name the starter prior to the summer workouts allowed Berlin to show his leadership skills so he could grow acclamated to his role and be ready to go come fall practices.

Berlin's backup Derrick Crudup also showed good leadership this past summer and looked to be in shape during the running drills.

Jason Geathers was held out of practice due to a slight hamstring strain. His return is unknown at this time. Larry Anderson was also out of practice due to an injury.

Practice resumes tomorrow at 3:30.

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