Bulldogs Open Two-A-Day Drills

He is the associate head coach, so with the boss away on personal matters Woody McCorvey was the obvious man to put in overall charge of Tuesday morning's football practice. It was a ‘promotion' the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach could have passed, so to say, on. "I wish Coach was here and I could stick to making sure the offense is doing the things they need to do," McCorvey said.

Fortunately for McCorvey and position staff, the two-and-a-half-hour session proceeded as if the head Dog were there watching every move. In the morning half of their first two-a-day date, the team turned in a consistent performance. McCorvey didn't try to take any credit, instead pointing to how the players had prepared for camp and the carry-over into early drills.

"These guys have really been working hard all summer and it's a tribute to them," McCorvey said. "This was our second day in (full) pads and I thought it was a lot better than yesterday. They're better-acclimated and it wasn't as hot, but I thought both sides of the ball, in terms of tempo, really pushed through it."

Croom wasn't the only one missing Tuesday for non-football reasons as DE Titus Brown was excused for a family emergency.

Five Bulldogs were wearing red-cross shirts for the morning session, one of them a new addition to the injury list as LB Gabe O'Neal hurt his left shoulder Monday. As to the carry-overs, OT J.D. Hamilton (ankle), RB Anthony Dixon (ankle), CB Demario Bobo (hamstring), and TE Brandon Jones-Henderson (hamstring) did not participate in any drills; in Bobo's case he went from limited-duty purple the day before. Jones-Henderson has yet to practice this camp.

WR Will Prosser (shoulder) wore quarterback-red a second day, which meant he would take part in almost all drills including those where everybody but the passer and Prosser could be hit. Freshman DT Kyle Love, who suffered from heat Monday morning, was back to strength Tuesday and working again…at times with the second defensive line even.

There were no changes on the first offensive line, where Hamilton's health has allowed redshirt Craig Jenkins to regain his #1 status at right tackle. The second line, left to right, for the morning was Mike Brown, Michael Gates, Johnny Carpenter, Anthony Dunning, and Mark Melichar. Chris Spencer was also taking some turns with the second line at center. Roland Terry slipped to third right tackle because of back tightness, alongside reserve guard John McMillan. There aren't as many bodies in reserve as walk-on lineman Gunner Boykin quit the team Monday.

Brown's absence meant Charles Burns, already wearing first-team white, returned to the #1 d-line unit with fellow end Michael Heard and tackles Andrew Powell and Deljuan Robinson. And, of course, Antonio Johnson who is essentially a starting tackle. The second ends thus became regular Avery Hannibal and for today true frosh Rodney Prince. Fellow rookie Brandon Cooper also got snaps on the second unit with transfer Cortez McCraney. The second tackles were Quinton Wesley and Reggie Odom, backed by Love and frosh J. C. Brignone and Anwar Phillips.

With O'Neal out, Anthony Littlejohn stepped up to first-team and freshman Jamon Hughes took the second slot. There were no other noticeable adjustments to the depth chart in either the linebackers or secondary. Nor was any player on either side ‘promoted' by a change of jersey color Tuesday morning.

Practices resume at 3:45 this afternoon, with a follow-up report to be filed afterwards. State will also have two-a-day dates on Thursday and Monday.


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