Practice Report: Last Call 'Til Fall

The Bruins have a shortened practice Thursday, getting fine-tuned for the scrimmage on Saturday. The quarterbacks have a good day, and a tight end Keith Carter makes a thumbs-up appearance...

With coach Karl Dorrell's first spring winding down, the Bruins took to Spaulding Field for one last practice before Saturday's Spring Game, and the emphasis was to stay healthy and spend one last day working on crispness and getting out the kinks.

Without pads, in just shorts and helments, the Bruins spent just a little over an hour working on passing routes, the 2-minute drill, the redzone offense and a handful of special teams.

The team was split into its lineups for Saturday's scrimmage, with the first team offense and a handful of second stringers wearing white, along with a second-string defense. The Blue will be the starting defense with a small group of second stringers and the second-team offense.

Matt Moore and Drew Olson again split time with the first-team offense, with Olson running the O primarily during the 7-on-7 and against the defensive alignment, while Moore ran the first-team offense during the 2-minute drill.

Most of the afternoon was spent working on precision, specifically between the quarterbacks and wide receivers. Jibril Raymo continues to look comfortable at wide receiver, while Craig Bragg showed why he had the best spring of any player. One player loudly said "Yo, CB, you EVER drop the ball?," to which Bragg just shook his head.

Ryan Smith also looked solid during the drills, showing great hands and good footwork on the sideline routes. Junior Taylor looked good in splitting time with Tab Perry. Marcedes Lewis also made a couple of nice grabs.

Both Moore and Olson looked good working with the receivers, while John Sciarra had a subpar afternoon.

Defensively, Matt Ware made a couple of deflections on good reads, and it was pretty exciting to see Justin London dropping into safety-area coverage during the 7-on-7. His speed will definitely keep him on the field.

Special teams was mixed in, albeit briefly, with Justin Medlock nailing both his kicks, and Chris Kluwe nailing a pair of 50-yarders, fielded by Craig Bragg and Jarrad Page.

One of the most amusing sights during practice was the "extra conditioning" that Idris Moss and Antwuan Smith went through. It's a roll-over exercise, where they literally roll over down the field, and tt's wasn't difficult to surmise they weren't enjoying, expending just about every ounce of energy they had left at the end of practice.

A decent crowd assembled at Spaulding Thursday, considering the last minute change of practice time, including incoming recruits, running back Maurice Drew, fullback Michael Pitre and Jimmy Stephens. Also, recruit Adam Speer, 6-4, 275, OT from West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, was in attendance.

But the best and most encouraging sight was tight end Keith Carter at practice. Only a few weeks removed from hip surgery, Carter was on crutches, talking with a host of players, parents and fans during practice. Carter seemed to be in good spirits, and when asked if he could be ready by the fall, gave a thumbs-up sign.


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