The practice featured full pads and was one of the few opportunities the media has seen full contact drills this spring.
After the session, the media was allowed to talk to offensive players and coaches, including coordinator Danny Langsdorf. The play-caller says he’s finally starting to see his quarterbacks settle into the offense, something returning starter Tommy Armstrong echoed after practice.
“I thought right before spring break and really the last couple of days I felt like we have made some progress,” Langsdorf said. “We have been able to repeat some concepts and I think the quarterbacks are getting more comfortable. I just think there is a comfort level for the players that is starting to come around.”
Langsdorf said that one area he would like to see improvement is his quarterbacks is their read, getting to the second and third wide receiver.
“We have to get on the No. 2 and No. 3 receivers a little bit better, we have a good idea about No. 1, but getting to the second and third guy—especially the check down out of the backfield,” said Langsdorf. “Those kinds of throws are what we are kind of missing a bit.”
The practice gave the media the first chance to see senior wide receiver Jamal Turner on the field. The former Texas prep was just granted a fifth year of eligibility by the NCAA last week. Turner, who is working his way back from a torn Achilles tendon, also shared that he recently had a knee scoped.
“I wake up days and think, my back hurts, my Achiles hurts, my knee hurts, why am I doing this,” said Turner. “I think about my team, my coaches, my friends and my family. It keeps me going, but it’s really hard.”
To read more from practice, check out Big Red Report publisher Josh Harvey’s donuts from the spring practice.