Also, Coach Shannon made it a point to emphasize to his team not to be demoralized following the big plays.
"You got to stay focused. Somebody is going to hit a big play…no matter what happens in a game, you are going to have some down times…if we stay calm and keep fighting we are going to come up with the big play."
But all in all, Shannon likes the direction the team is going.
"If we keep progressing the way we've been doing we're going to be fine."
Again, practice was light, but here are the rest of today's practice notes:
-The offensive line started off with a drill focusing on quick twitch off the snap and hand technique. They were asked to keep low and explode while keeping their heads up, face to face with the defender.
Chris Rutledge was the standout of the entire first 25 minutes or so. He was praised for his drive blocking footwork, acceleration and hand technique.
-The second drill emphasized the linemen to keep low and drive through a defender with technique and footwork. The coach was also looking for that first initial punch at the point of contact.
Tyrone Byrd got coach really excited when he drove Joel Figueroa back 7 yards with great technique and footwork on his drive blocking, receiving.
Orlando Franklin was praised for good footwork in drive blocking.
-Not only can Richard Gordon return kicks, play defensive line, and catch the football, he was being praised highly during tight end blocking drills.
-During pitch and catch with the wide receivers, coming out of cuts, the only wide out to drop a real easy ball was Khalil Jones, from my observation.
However, the wide outs did have to spend some extra time with the coaches after practice was over on the field.
-Josh Holmes is banged up and won't get back into full practices until the medical team clears him.
-Teraz McCray should be back any day now, according to Coach Shannon.
-Coach Shannon praised offensive lineman John Rochford when asked. "He might get the start at center. He is doing a great job." He also went on to mention his versatility as an quarterback, H-Back, guard, center, and long snapper.
"That is what it takes to win games, he has an attitude about him, because he has done it all."
-When asked if any of the place kickers are standing out, Coach Shannon replied, "No, they are all the same to me right now."
Today's Injury Report:
#12 QB Robert Marve
#15 WR Jermaine McKenzie
#26 S Anthony Reddick
#34 RB Charlie Jones
#35 S Lovon Ponder
#51 LB Romeo Davis
#54 DT Teraz McCray
#55 LB Glenn Cook
#79 OL Chris Barney
#92 DT Josh Holmes
#98 DT Chris Perry