Saturday Practice Report

August 20th Practice Report

Practice Conditions
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Warm, not too hot (Perfect day for football)
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There were MANY spectators today, about twice the normal amount.

 

Individual Drills

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O-line worked on run blocking, kind of a variation of the Oklahoma drill.
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The quarterback drill where all four quarterbacks are throwing to assigned areas on the field is very neat to watch.  The quarterbacks and receivers were very comfortable today, no dropped passes during this drill and everyone looked sharp.
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The DBs are continuing to improve with the interception drills they run.  There was a lot of intensity from these guys and many got the interception they were looking for.
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The running backs were getting several good pops in on the 1-1 drill they run.  Henderson was very loud and pumped up all throughout this drill making him very exciting to watch.

 

Screen Drills
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Hodges and Harrell still appear to be getting equal reps for this drill.
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There were several sweep plays to Amendola and Filani.  Both showed impressive speed and getting downfield and reading their blocks.
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Olomua continues to get his fair share of screen passes, and looks to be very comfortable out there.  We think he will be a favorite target during the screen pass this season

 

1-1 Passing Drills

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Brandon Douglas looked very impressive today, with several over the shoulder catches and many athletic plays to get to the ball.
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Hicks has an uncanny ability to shake defensive backs.
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Morris made a couple of good moves to get open in the end zone for the TD catch.
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Robert Johnson continues to live up to his hype by making several good grabs in the end zone, one in particular on a cross route.
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Receivers and DBs both looking very good on these drills, and there was a lot of intensity between the two groups today.

 

Special Teams
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TooGood missed an extra point today, but was very accurate for the vast majority of his kicks
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We still aren't seeing many long kicks in practice still, Trlica was accurate but lacked some power in further attempts.
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Reyes continuing to look good on his punts, nothing new to report here.

 

7-7

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J. McGill (linebacker) made a good hit on Olomua and put him on his butt.
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Hodges doing a good job threading the needle and spreading the ball around to different receivers.
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Hicks still making his presence felt by making very athletic moves to get open.
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Hodges became rushed on a play, and badly overthrew Douglas by three or four yards.
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Harrell continues to make short passes, and seems to struggle with throwing the ball downfield.
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Harrell left Rawls out to dry on a high pass and Rawls got drilled by C. Parker.
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There were equal reps between Hodges and Harrell on this drill as well.
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Harrell continues to hold on the to ball too long when no receiver is open.
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Aycock made a VERY athletic jump, vertically, to knock one of Hodges' passes out of the air near the end zone.

 

1-1 Pass Blocking Drill
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Manny Ramirez is unbeatable on 1-1 drills!
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Kegans and R. Hunt got into it a little bit today after Kegans made a nice block on Hunt.
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Fred Thwreatt showed a good pass rush during this drill.
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Whitley did a very good job today of staying in front of the defenders.

 

11-11
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The defense had mixed results on stopping the run today, they did very well at the beginning of this drill but struggled towards the end.
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F. Thwreatt was in the backfield several times today, recording two to three TFLs.
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Pass protection got better as the drill went on.
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Hodges' pass to Slade was intercepted by Stratton.
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Linebackers did a good job filling running lanes.
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Slay was all over the field today, and almost ran away with a nice pick by jumping in front of Amendola.
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S. Woods had several hard runs for positive yardage today. 
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Hodges didn't look sharp by throwing to well covered receivers.  But did have a successful attempt when threading the needle to R. Johnson for a 20 yard pass.
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About halfway through the drill, a Hodges to Filani TD pass got things pretty heated between the offense and defense, there was a lot of trash talking from this point to the end of practice and it got very loud.  (Filani was shouting "I can't be stopped, I can't be stopped!").
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The O-line stepped it up here and made a HUGE hole for Woods to run through for a TD!
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Aycock making good reads and was where he needed to be to stop a run at the line of scrimmage.
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Filani made a very impressive catch during the Red Zone drill and it was very exciting to see him celebrating.
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The O-line was giving Harrell all the time in the world to find a receiver, but the DBs were looking sharp and Harrell struggled with finding someone to get the ball to.
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Goal line drills were looking intense and Woods had several runs for TDs.
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It seemed like the team was really congratulating Hodges after the Red Zone and goal line drills.
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The D-line was successful at stopping two or three attempted run TDs in goal line

 

Closing words

Meeks, Hudler, Saldi, Bake, Walker, and Dixon all did not participate in practice.  Meeks was not at morning or afternoon practice.  Aycock and Garcia did well with filling the hole Meeks left today.  Saldi was seen with a big cast from his shoulder to his fingertips.  We can't express how much intensity there was between the offense and defense during 11-11 today, it was very exciting to watch and the players look anxious for the season to start.  Check out our interviews with Marquis Johnson and Chad Hill!

 

Interviews

Marquis Johnson
Chad Hill

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