Spring Practice Day 5: The Heat Gets Turned Up

Today's footage is short due to the fact that the staff now asks that all cameras be turned off after a certian point in practice. It seems that new plays on both sides of the ball are being added daily, and for obvious reasons, the staff would like to tightly control that information.

Video: I was able to get access to a video camera for todays practice, so I was able to incorporate some video with the stills. For whatever reason, these recent uploads have not been as high in picture quality as the first "gameday" video, so I appologize.

The Day Belongs To The Defense: Defense seemed to be the focus of much of practice and the first team squad is realing playing well. Of particular note is how well these guys are defending the run. The Linebackers and Lineman are playing a very physical brand of ball, and in the early going, it seemed our backs and O-Line struggled to make any progress. The defensive staff was even more energetic and critical today if thats possible, and to say they weren't putting up with much is an understatement. The only problem I see is in the secondary, particularly when non first teamers start rotating in. The schemes in the secondary seem to be difficult to grasp for some of the kids, and missed assignments were common. One play they were intercepting the ball, the next a receiver was left all alomne in the end zone. This will all come with more reps, but if they aren't able to correct it, we may be somewhat suceptible to the big play from time to time.

QBs: Potts and Sticks are really looking good. Much better accuracy today, very few incompletions on the drills, and the gap between these two remains small, at least in practice.

Injury Alert: At the end of practice, during 11 on 11 drills, Sticks came up limping. It appears to be the foot again, and it got worse over the next few series of plays. By the end of practice, he could not run or throw effectively on that foot. If there was any reason Potts was the front runner its this nagging injury that has taken a long time to heal, and is obviously still very tender. Sheffield will have all summer to heal up, but the bigger issue is can he stand up to a full season of pounding, and if he can't does it make sense to just stick with Potts rather than risk a QB switch in the middle of the season again.

Quote of the Day:

Coach Willis Standing over Barron Batch as he stretches, talking to coach Brown:

"Where is Barron Batch, is he here? He is? What number is he? Haven't heard anything out of him, weird"



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