A.P.'s Camp Blog: 8-1

As a young football player himself, training camp correspondent Arsenio Parks spent time in Sunday's practice evaluating a few of Carolina's rookies. He also breaks down the team's goal-line and red-zone drills during his latest report from Wofford College.

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It was another cool day for the players, but heated for some fans. A few kids were playing football along the bank of the hill while the practice was going on. For anyone who has played backyard football, it is known that there will be some scuffles, and Sunday was no different. It was nothing to be overly concerned with -- it just means the intensity of the game lives on.

Injury Bug Bites

Two players went down with injuries during Sunday's practice. DT Nick Hayden was dinged during the "Inside" period, but it was nothing major and he was seen walking around the fields with only a ginger limp.

RB Mike Goodson was hurt during the same period. He injured his lower leg and had to be taken off the field on a cart. Goodson is competing with RB Tyrell Sutton to win the leftover carries behind DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

Rookie Report

Eric Norwood worked more with the linebackers in Sunday's practice. Norwood is a hybrid, able to play both defensive end and outside backer.

Armanti Edwards is beginning to blossom at his new position. He struggled earlier in camp, but that was to be expected as he is transitioning from being on the other end of a delivered pass. His route running is improving, but what was more distinguishing was the actual receiving. He made a tough grab on a ball from Matt Moore on a seam route, beating physical CB Captain Munnerlyn. A few plays later, he made another catch in traffic, this time from Jimmy Clausen.

CB Robert McClain was the defender to beat, or should I say "not get beat," in Sunday's practice. He showed well in coverage, responsible for three pass break-ups during the one-on-one drills with the receivers.

Red-Zone Prep Work

A lot of the team portion of practice focused on goal-line and red-zone situations. On the first play of the goal-line series, Charles Johnson met DeAngelo Williams in the backfield. Williams gave a look that was equal parts thankful and disappointed: Thankful that Johnson let up, disappointed that his offensive line didn't cut off the backside penetration.

Tony Fiammetta and Josh Vaughan rushed in for scores during the session. TE Jeff King hauled in a score, as well, as Tony Pike squeezed one in right between a gang of defenders. Playing to the crowd, King trotted to the back of the end zone and spiked the ball.

During the red-zone situations, an unlikely player made some big plays. Trent Guy stands only 5-foot-8 but managed to score twice: Once from Tony Pike, who placed it perfectly over the defender; and the other came from Hunter Cantwell while sliding in the back of the end zone.

A more sensible red-zone threat also scored. Dwayne Jarrett caught a touchdown from Matt Moore, using his size to shield the defender as he ran an in-route.

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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.

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