Players Sharpening Skills

Amidst stormy conditions yet again, the Beavers practiced in the friendly confines of the Merritt Truax Indoor Facility.

With a pre-practice talk in the rain from their position coach DelVaughn Alexander, the wide receivers had a solid day of practice. Josh Hawkins caught a number of passes today. On the throws that they had a chance at, the receivers didn’t drop many balls.

One thing that has been sticking out during all of the practices so far has been that this group of players seems to exemplify the term team. They are helping each other out, talking to each other between sets about what was done right and/or wrong, and they have been doing a great job of encouraging each other.

A specific player has stood out in the group above some of the others is junior linebacker Chaz Scott. Scott has been extremely encouraging to fellow linebacker and JC-Transfer Keith Ellison.

With Ellison being new to the program it is a good thing that he has teammates encouraging him, and he has earned the praise he is getting. Right now Trent Bray and Jonathan Pollard are working with the first string defense, but that third linebacker spot seems to be a toss up between Ellison and Scott.

For Scott to be encouraging a player that may end up taking a starting spot from him is nice from a fan’s perspective.  All four of the aforementioned linebackers will see significant playing time in the fall, and all of them look very good.

Also on the defensive side of the ball, with the departure of Dwan Edwards, Henry Anderson has stepped up his game and is one of the vocal and emotional leaders of the team. On the negative side, he does seem a little hotheaded at times. Curtis Coker is playing well too. Coker has been getting nice penetration and he has been plugging up the middle when he is in.

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