Day Two Notes From the Field

Observations and opinions on Tuesday's practice session.

After easing into practice on day one, the intensity of both players and coaches took a jump upward on the second day of fall football camp. Both coaches and players were much more spirited and energetic today and the coaches worked the players harder than Monday's session.

Miquelle Henderson continues to be bothered by his leg that was broken in the spring. He took fewer reps than other receivers. Head coach Rich Rodriguez commented afterward that with a more dedicated rehabilitation regimen over the summer, Henderson might have been more prepared to play at the start of camp. He did express optimism that Henderson would be ok for the first game.

Adam Bednarik looked much better today, and impressed the coaches with his ability to pick up parts of the offense quickly. Dwayne Thompson, who is ineligible to play this year, also threw the ball well.

Rodriguez spent almost the entire practice with the receivers and got really involved with their drills. Most of his attention was spent there, and it's obvious that improving the passing game is task one for the offense.

Among the receivers, Dee Alston played very well and took a lot of the reps with Henderson limited.

L. J. Montinar, who was thought to be missing yesterday was there from the start. He was just wearing number 4, instead of his listed 5. Four is also being worn by free safety Jahmile Addae.

The freshman were a bit more involved, with the receivers and defensive backs going one-on-one for a couple of periods. Rookies went against rookies at the end of the skeleton drills.

Adam Jones took many of the reps for the absent Brian King, and made a spectacular break up when matched against wide receiver Chris Henry. Henry also made an appearance with the starters, taking a few reps with the ones during skeleton drills.

The last four periods of practice were devoted to full eleven on eleven with the ones and twos.


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