The Rebels wasted no time going about that task as Orgeron put the team through a 2 1/2 hour workout in shoulder pads and helmets that touched on every area, but concetrated a lot on individual fundamentals.
Orgeron was very visible working with the offensive line, tight ends and running backs today in an effort to add some energy and intensity in their efforts.
"We have to get our running game and the guys up front producing," he said. "They may need to see a little more of me in practice. We have got to start getting after some people in that area and we need as many people working on that as possible."
In the field goal period, freshman Justin Sparks got all the kicks and was 8-11.
"Justin should have a fresh leg," Orgeron said, in reference to Sparks having missed most of August with injury. "He did good today. Hopefully, he'll continue along those lines and the other kickers will continue competing. We have to do something to shore that up."
On the overall workout, O was pleased.
"The guys came out and responded to our demands today," he said. "We got after them pretty good and they did what we asked them to. We've got a lot of work to do. Today was step one toward getting some things corrected."
OL Coach George DeLeone gave a brief assessment of the guys up front from Monday's game.
"The positive is that we played nine guys with the game on the line. I've never done that before in a close game," he began. "The negatives are that the productivity in the run game and in pass protection was not acceptable.
"We could come up with a lot of excuses - kids hadn't played before, injury - but who cares? It's our job to win games and get the job done. The good news is that we did win and we know we can play much better. We will come back strong from that game and make a bigger contribution down the road."
* Peral River CC DL Frank Harry attended practice today as did former Rebel TB Vashon Pearson. Vashon has an injured ankle and is going to take two weeks off before returning to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad. He felt good about his preseason camp and his chances for making the regular squad in the future.
* PK Christian Alberricon, who was on the team last year, came back out today, but he did not kick any during practice.
* The following players did not practice today: OT Reid Neely, OL Ryan Jones, OG Andrew Wicker, DT Peria Jerry. . . LEO Corvelli Haynes dressed out but went in quickly due to illness.
* WR Milton Collins returned to practice today, but he was in a Blue jersey signifying no contact. WR Matt Pierce was also in a Blue jersey. MLB Patrick Willis and WLB Kelvin Robinson were also in Blue jerseys. . . WR Burnell Wallace was in a White jersey and practiced full speed today after being sidelined last week with injury.
* As expected, the OL got extra attention today, from Coach O and in individual drills aimed at fundamentals and firing off the ball with an attitude. An extended period of fundamentals culminated with several minutes on the blocking sleds.
* The Rebs also had a short period of scout team work taking the first look at Vanderbilt's offense and defense. The defense worked against the Vandy option game some and the offense worked against the Commodore defensive looks.
* In punt drills, Will Moseley had four kicks for an average of 39 yards. All had very good hang time. . . Frosh Rob Park had two kicks for an average of 39 yards, also with good hang time.
* In field goal drills, Sparks - with Micheal Spurlock holding - hit from 22, 22, 26, 32, 37, 42, 47 and 43 yards out. He missed from 30, 37 and 49 and had one blocked by DE Lamark Armour from 42 yards out. . . 8-11 on the day. . . "It felt good to be kicking again," said Sparks. "All of us are working hard trying to get better. I did OK today, but one day does not settle anything. We are all competing."
* Speaking of Armour, he is now on the scout team and is wearing a Black jersey. It appears Viciente DeLoach has moved in front of him with the "regulars."
* In running game drills, the coaches gave a lot of reps to Mico McSwain and Alan Abrams at tailback. Mico ripped off one good inside run and Alan had a couple of runs displaying good moves, but the defense shut a lot of the running game down except for a couple of bootlegs by Spurlock and Robert Lane.
* The number one line today remained the same for most of the day: OTs Bobby Harris and Tre' Stallings, OGs David Traxler and Thomas Eckers and C Darryl Harris/Ben Boyce. . . Harris did not play during team drills. . . RG Michael Oher and LG Tony Bonds also got some number one snaps.
* With Willis and K-Rob held out of contact work, frosh Robert Russell and Quentin Taylor got all the number one and numbe two snaps at those spots. . . McKinley Boykin and Jeremy Garrett split number one reps at DT. . . Chris Bowers took over the LEO duties when Corvelli got sick early in practice.
* In passing game drills, we did not chart completions like normal. We watched for pass protection results. On teh very first snap, Spurlock was sacked by Michael Bozeman, but the ones did not give up another sack the rest of the period. . . Robert Lane, running the two offense, did not get sacked during the period.
* In team drills, here is a breakdown of the plays: (Ones) Spurlock to Robert Hough for 8. . . Spurlock to Taye Biddle for 10 (blitz). . . Sack by Quentin Taylor. . . Alan Abrams for 2 yards. . . (Twos) Lane to Larry Kendrick 6. . . Brandon Jacobs 1 (Robert Russell). . . Lane to Hough 7. . . Lane sacked by CB Nate Banks on corner blitz. . . (Ones) Pittman 6. . . Mico McSwain 0 (Garrett). . . McSwain 7 (Russell). . . Incompletion. . . (Twos) Pittman 4 (Brandon Jenkins). . . Lane to Matt Pierce 6. . . Jacobs 1 (B. Brown). . . Incompletion. . . (Ones) Abrams 1 (Garry Pack). . . Abrams 0 (Bozeman). . . Jacobs 4 (Bozeman). . . Jacobs 3 (Taylor).
* The Rebels will practice in shells again tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.
|Photos by Chuck Rounsaville|