A Monday practice in shells (helmets and shoulder pads only) sounds like a slow practice: it was. There was no tackling allowed, and a lot of work with sleds and pads. Today's practice featured more of an emphasis on special teams than any other practice. The team and special teams coach Tom Osborne worked on punt coverage and kick returning specifically.
However there were some 11 on 11 drills today and it gave the coaches a chance to move some guys around in different units. Sophomore outside linebacker Riley Showalter received time with the first team linebackers. Both Terrell Turner and Dominic Glover saw reps at defensive end with the first team defense. Glover had a nice series at defensive end where he had a forced fumble, a stuffed running play at the line of scrimmage, and a play that would have been recorded as a sack.
Another player who made some nice plays today was redshirt sophomore safety Marvin Johnson. With Patrick Chung sitting out practice, Johnson saw action with the first and second team defenses. Johnson excelled in pass coverage registering one interception, and he broke up another passing play with excellent timing.
Frantz Dorsainvil is continuing to make a push towards making the team. Yet Dorsainvil is still behind the learning curve, he didn't participate in any 11 on 11 drills and was often seen working with the sled.
All in all there wasn't a lot of noteworthy action in today's practice. The coaches spent a lot of time working on alignments, spacing and technique. There were a couple 11 on 11 drills, but a majority of today's practice featured individual position and backs and receivers drills. The team is scheduled to be back in pads tomorrow, and the action should definitely pick up.