10-14 Football Practice Notebook

Hatts and Demo were at SMU football practice and took notes plus talked with Tom Mason, Jonathan Yenga and Ajee Montes.

Tom Mason Press Conference

Jonathan Yenga Q&A

Ajee Montes Q&A

Spotlight: Kevin Pope

Pope moving back to linebacker pushes Yenga to the outside. Not only is Pope an upgrade from John Bordano, but Yenga is an upgrade over Robert Seals. The starting linebacking corps should benefit tremendously from this move. Today during practice, Pope looked really comfortable in pass coverage. He also looked really good making reads on on run plays- although, given how little Cincinnati runs it won't be a major factor this week. The great thing about Pope, is that this year he is a running back converting to linebacker rather than the other way around and the fluidity of his movements really shows it. He has a tremendous amount of acceleration and that coupled with his play recognition should put him around the football a lot.

Football Practice Notes

Garrett Krstich started out practice with a deep pass to Der'rikk Thompson for a touchdown.

— Krstich then started out the team drill later in practice with another deep touchdown to Thompson.

— Krstich had an okay day, but did struggle with a few overthrows, balls thrown behind receivers and threw three INTs.

— Tim Davis continued to be very hands on with the lineman, even while plays were going on he was demonstrating things to those not playing.

Nate Halverson had a nice sliding grab along the sideline.

Darius Joseph struggled with drops, including one wide open drop on a touchdown late in practice.

Horace Richardson had a really nice interception on a ball thrown by Krstich, undercut the route.

Darrion Richardson also had an interception on an under thrown ball from Krstich.

Trey Washington had a pretty good day of practice, showed good coverage.

— Richardson also picked off Krstich on a tipped ball intended for Darius Joseph.

— Secondary was flying around today, whole sideline was into it too.

Daijuan Stewart muffed a punt on the first punt of the drill.

— Team worked a lot on special teams today.

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