A.P.'s Camp Blog: 8-5
I have been a fullback my entire football career, from recreation league up to college. I've always been one of the primary ball-carriers, if not the primary ball-carrier. I have always been part of triple-option teams, which made my productivity essential for the success of the offense.
A traditional fullback is used more as a blocker than a runner, yet he is still vital to the productivity of the offense.
FBs Tony Fiammetta and Rashawn Jackson are at a key position considering the Panthers are a run-oriented offense. They have big shoes to fill, as this is first season since 2002 where Brad Hoover isn't manning the starting position.
Fiammetta has been the No. 1 fullback this training camp with Jackson repping with the second team. Both have looked good in camp, picking up the reads along with the linemen to ensure that the quarterback is protected and leading the way for the talented running backs behind them.
On Thursday, there were a few missed blocks during the goal-line portion of practice leading to minimum gains from the backs.
Fiammetta had a nice day in the passing game, hauling in the ball for two first downs on flat routes out of the backfield.
The Panthers have a package where they split the backs out wide and Jackson ran a slant route only to have it intercepted by R.J. Stanford. Jackson showed great effort by chasing him down and forcing him out of bounds instead of giving up the "pick-six."
Thursday's Quick Hitters
--Matt Moore placed a pass perfectly along the sidelines to Dwayne Jarrett and again to Brandon LaFell, who beat Richard Marshall and Sherrod Martin on a flag route. The most impressive completion went to Jeff King. King was able to haul in the pass one-handed while toe-tapping at the back of the end zone. King celebrated with what has become his routine, a spike between his legs.
--Tony Pike and Dante Rosario looked like point-guard and center as Pike lobbed a ball over LB Jamar Williams and Rosario leapt to pull it in. Williams ripped the ball out of Rosario's hands as he was trying to tuck the pass away, resulting in an interception by C.J. Wilson.
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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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