The fella's hit the field at 7am for their first session of two a days. They were in full gear and went through a brisk workman like session. The morning mostly consisted of cleaning up fundamental errors that occurred in Saturdays scrimmage. There did not appear to be any depth chart movement form the first scrimmage.
The offense and defense challenged one another, while going through some situational work. Nick Mullens again threw the ball very well. Parker Adamson appears to be firmly deep seated at the #2 QB. Isaiah Jones looked very good this morning running crisp routes, getting in and out of his breaks quickly for a big receiver. The long legged receiver really has another gear when he catches the ball in stride. It is very hard for DB's to close on him when he has room to stretch it out. Slot receiver Reid Rials has been dinged up most of Fall camp, but showed nice concentration today hauling in a 45 yarder, while going down. With ricky parks out nursing a minor injury, Jayshawn Washington has gotten a great deal of valuable work with the first and second units. He looks fully healed from the knee injury he suffered against MSU. He has proven to be a very physical blocker, and at 6-2 250 is a load once he catches the ball. This morning smaller defensive backs could be seen bouncing off off him as he barreled through the secondary. True freshman Arvin Fletcher continues to get valuable work at the #2 guard behind Brandon Farmer.
Big Will Freeman crossed enemy lines this morning to knock off a little rust at the defensive tackle position. In all my time following the Golden Eagles, I can not remember a scenario in which USM had a lineman that went both ways on offensive and defensive. Should make for a very good story this Fall. Defensively Curtis Mikell was very strong in coverage. He appears to be developing into a very reliable back up to Cornell Armstrong. Speaking of Cornell, he had a nice interception of Mullens this morning. For Armstrong to take his game to the next level and be that legitimate replacement for Kalan Reed he needs to play a more physical brand of football. Cornell has put on some muscle this Summer and is indeed more physical in coverage. He is better using this hands and body to reroute receivers.
Safety Xavior Marion had a pick as well. I am really encouraged by the development of the linebacker tandem of Jeremy Sangster and Sherrod Ruff. There appears to be little drop off when these guys take the field. The ultra athletic Ruff is in great shape this season and Sangster is more fluid in his pass coverage drops, solidifying his skill set at middle linebacker.