Today and tomorrow, players suited up in helmets-only for practice as per NCAA rules. No question that does influence play, but it doesn't impact team speed and skill.
Wide Receivers shine - CJ Dimry had an outstanding first day at camp. Coming off of an injury that held him out from last season, Dimry appeared to be playing with a chip on his shoulder. One acrobatic catch after another was a staple in his game today. He showed, on Saturday at least, how he can use his 6-5 frame to out jump and out play any defensive back on the field. Whether it was against Marcellus Pippins, Darrien Molton, or Treshon Broughton, Dimry had no problem catching touchdowns today. Tavares Martin and Dezmon Patmon also had very solid performances. It will be interesting to see how the position battle at the X pans out in the days and weeks to come.
Fast and Physical on Defense - Competition between the defense and offense was fairly even today in the helmets-only session, but one thing was constant on defense from start to finish. Guys were flying around on the field with a purpose and the effort of each man showed today. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch knows how to get his guys to play hard for him. That showed today. A few interceptions were a plus, but whenever a receiver did catch a ball, bodies were flying and the receivers had no room to run. This is a good sign of guys buying in to Grinch’s defensive philosophy.
Offensive line depth - The second string offensive line has no identity thus far. Between Cedric Bigge-Duren, BJ Salmonson, Noah Osur-Myers, Drew Norvell, and Carlos Freeman, guys were moving around from tackle to guard, back to tackle, moved to the other side, and so on. It seems as if the coaches are just moving them around to find out who can play where. As far as team reps went with the two’s, pass protection wasn’t too bad, but there was little to no run game (again, helmets-only so fast and hard conclusions aren't able to be made). Still, the second-string o-line might be one of the biggest question marks in the early stages of fall ball.
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