Foreigner once sang... "Head knocker, head knocker coming on strong a real show stopper..." Today at the Lobo Football Practice Complex as the true "head knockers" continued their rise to claim starting roles on this years 'Pack, the lyrics of another Foreigner song, "Urgent", rang in my ears.
are a coach's dream and sometimes come in the most unassuming forms.
that later, as the last two-a-day practice wound to an end, the
staff made sure they had everyone's attention by running full pad, full
scrimmage in the 6th hour of actual practice and who knows how many
hours to prepare for today's long march.
This dance can get painful!
practice, as the team gathered, Coach Locksley complimented the team on
through and maximizing practice time by saying, "You can come out here
just try to last for 2 hours but that is not what championship effort
I appreciate how hard you are working and your focus today, but it
continue and accelerate the pace to be a true winner. Let's do that
knockers that stood out to me were numerous and included the usual
one you would never think. He is whom I alluded to earlier in this
piece and is
my "Head knocker" award winner for today; Trey Hardaway? Good guess,
but no. Clint "Killer" McPeek? Again, good guess and thanks for
playing but...NOOOO! How about Frankie Solomon? What, you say? WHAT? 5'
10" 185lbs Frankie Solomon? But it was true as he showed that he
one tough guy, stepping up to stuff the run time and again. Plus he
two (that I saw) sure TD's with great body control and a strong hand to
away the rock. He has a sense of where the play is going and is quick
as a cat
to react. You never want to take a player like that for granted, that's
sure. Bubba Forrest who caused an interception by tipping a pass turned
another strong practice and keeping it alive for corner Edrick Boger to
away for the Cherry clad defenders. A little whooping it up for
Boger makes the tackle
offense of course struck back later in the practice and continued
that it will be diverse and run a lot of formations and plays. Donovan
continued his stranglehold on the starting job with another focused
He looks so far removed from the injury and has a great presence in the
and, as he goes through the mundane drill after drill, after drill...
Click here to listen to Kasey Carrier
As the team prepares for this Saturday's scrimmage, which is said to determine the depth chart going into the first test at College Station, Texas, I caught up with freshman surprise Kasey Carrier, defensive stalwart Carmen Messina and the mastermind of mayhem, Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory. ! 8 days till kickoff. I can almost smell the tailgate charcoal! Head knocker, head knocker...coming on strong