Bad Beach Weather
If Wofford College was a beach, there would have been countless complaints as the sky was overcast and the winds cool. However, this is training camp and the players were enthralled with the break from the heat. There was even a praise sent up when the rain showered the players for a short spell.
Fans were enamored with QB Tony Pike's frame. It is one thing to see a 6-foot-6 frame on paper, but to see it in person can be awe-inspiring. Pike is the tallest QB on the team, but so far fellow rookie Jimmy Clausen has overshadowed him. Pike hasn't had a bad camp thus far, but he hasn't done much to draw the same following as Clausen. Pike did receive exaltation from one fan screaming, "Yeah, Cincinnati," as he delivered a strike to WR Dexter Jackson during one-on-one drills.
TE Dante Rosario was also complimented on his physique, specifically his biceps and calves. Rosario's frame exudes athleticism and so has his performance in camp. He has yet to have a sub-par practice, showing sure hands and crisp routes.
Not So Receptive
WR Dwayne Jarrett is expected to fill in the shoes of Muhsin Muhammad, but so far he hasn't showed there is going to be a smooth transition. He had his own group of followers on Saturday morning, but they were not commending him. After a few drops early on, fans could be heard heckling, "Go watch some film!" and, "Learn to catch!" Whether Jarrett heard them is unknown, but he responded with two great grabs, one beating CB Chris Gamble on a dig route in one-on-ones. The hecklers responded with, "About time!"
While Jarrett was given a hard time, other wide-outs were "showing him how it's done," as the fans put it. Kenny Moore, David Gettis, Wallace Wright and Trent Guy had good showings in the morning practice.
The players, dressed in shells, were treated in the evening with more cool weather, but with much better surfaces as the field of Gibbs Stadium was dry and manicured. It was easily the best showing by the fans as they came celebrating, "Back to Football Day," nearly packing the stadium on the home side.
Since the opening day of camp, Matt Moore has stepped up his play. In the 11-on-11 period, he opened the drive completing his first three attempts, two going for first downs. The first completion went to Dante Rosario for 12 yards along the sideline. The next went to Kenny Moore, who ran a crisp dig route and picked up 15.
Hunter Cantwell was next up and he began his series with a well-thrown ball to Brandon LaFell. Cantwell's next completion was a screen to Mike Goodson, who scampered down the field for 25 yards. Cantwell closed his turn with touchdown strike to Gary Gary Barnidge, who beat Aaron Francisco on the play.
Jimmy Clausen didn't fare too well with his snaps, having three unsuccessful reps, including a sack by fellow rookie Greg Hardy.
Rookie Brandon LaFell was putting on a show during the evening practice. He is quite comfortable going over the middle as he picked up first downs routinely with drag routes, digs and ins. He was in-sync with all the quarterbacks and has been throughout camp.
Captain Munnerlyn ended the evening practice without a single completion against him. During one-on-ones, it appeared he would get beat by the receiver on a double move but he quickly recovered and swatted the ball away. Once more it seemed he was out of position in the 11-on-11 session, but again he was the victor, lunging to deflect the pass intended for the receiver behind him.
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Arsenio Parks is a fullback and English major at Wofford College. He began playing football at 7 years old and went on to garner All Conference, All Region and All State recognitions during his career at Shelby HS. He also lettered in track and field.