Practice Report 8.11.14

As the secondary has proven to not be as big of an issue as we had all assumed, the attention shifts primarily to the progress of the defensive line. BI was on hand at Monday's fully padded practice.

Today there was seemingly no one with the case of "The Mondays." Practice was high intensity from start to finish. Something about being fully suited up in pads gives you that semi-invincible feeling that makes you crave contact.

The Bobcats went to Oklahoma drills early on to drive up the intensity and wake up the players who were still sleepy from the early morning. From that point on the offense and defense were at all out war, competing for dominance in every facet.

--C.J. Best continues to be a very dangerous weapon for the offense with his speed and quickness. We saw him a lot today coming in motion, where he ran the option with Tyler Jones and used his great speed and fantastic quickness to take a 2 yard loss into an 8 yard gain. As he continues to learn the position, his role will continue to increase.

-- Tim Gay looked very solid and had a very strong handshake during interviews. Gay got a good percentage of the looks during red zone drills and made the most of them, scoring twice, once receiving and once rushing. Showed good patience, following blockers and waiting for holes to open up. Looks to be the primary back in the redbone and short yardage situations.

Battle at the Line: both sides of the line today had several bright points, D-line was getting after it early. With Orakpo helping in the rush the D-line was able to get good penetration and disrupt the first team offense quite a bit, and get Tyler Jones to rush his decisions and throw off his back foot a couple of times. The tide turned when it came down to the red zone and in short yardage situations the O-Line got great push and kept the back field very secure for the most part, with everyone hitting their assignments. Bobcats 1st team offense looked really efficient.

Coach Franchione On The Progress of the D-Line

"They stood out a little today, they made some plays. We maybe didn't get them blocked very well on a few of them, but I liked what is saw today from them. Said Coach Fran. "We are still moving some people around a little bit, but you definitely go in feeling better about the front."

Tim Gay On His Role In The Offense

"I hope the coaches do start to lean on me as time goes on in the red zone, I feel like my two touchdowns today put me on the radar with the coaches and hopefully I will see my name called more," said Gay.

CJ Best on his Progression

"As I get more and more comfortable as a receiver, I am starting to be lined up in more places on the field. In the spring I only lined up in the slot and now that Jones is starting to have more and more faith in me and hitting me more often," Said Best. "Now I just need to work on being more consistent, catching all my balls, and continuing to grow as a wide receiver."

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