Training Camp: Day Two Wrap-Up

Who is this man, and why was Butch Davis so happy with him today? Mike McLain has the answer within his Day 2 Training Camp Notes, straight from the practice fields at Berea to you.

"It was a lively practice," coach Butch Davis said. "Guys were nervous and trying to impress everybody (Tuesday). "It was crisper and more intense. They had contact today, and it was fun. That was something we weren't able to do last season. We couldn't risk that because we had guys held together with bailing wire and band aids."

The showings of offensive linemen Brad Bedell (pictured, above) and Qasim Mitchell stood out, in Davis' estimation. Davis also had kind words for defensive lineman Barry Word.

Add third-string quarterback Josh Booty to the list of players who stood out to Davis.

"Josh said he's learned more the last two weeks than he did all of last season," Davis said.

JUST HOPING: Second-year safety Michael Jameson can only hope that his season goes better than it did last year. After impressing coaches in the early stages of camp, his season came to an end when he suffered a severe ankle injury in week three of preseason against Washington.

Surgery followed to repair a bone that was badly splintered. He has a plate and a screw in the ankle. The speed that caught the attention of team scouts prior to the 2002 draft hasn't returned, but he thinks it's a matter of time until he returns to normal.

"I gained a lot of confidence through the minicamps and the quarterback schools being able to run and make plays," said Jameson, a sixth-round draft choice last year. "You have to jump and do all that, and I was able to do those things. I'm excited about training camp."

WATCH OUT: One of receiver Andre Davis' biggest fans is teammate and fellow Virgina Tech player Ben Taylor, who is competing for a spot at outside linebacker.

"He's a burner," Taylor said. "If a defender makes one mistake, he's by you."

PRACTICE NEWS: The Browns will conduct a morning practice (8:30-10:30) today and will have the afternoon off. The full squad will practice Friday afternoon, which will be the first workout that is open to the public.


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