Well, it was a hot one, for sure.
But, all the players made it through, with what looked like just one player, linebacker Brandon Watts, suffering from what looked like cramps.
The defensive linemen and special teams units beat the others out. Defensive line coach Giff Smith was fired up with his players, some of whom didn’t do a drill the way he wanted. So he made them to do it all over again.
The quarterbacks looked shaky at times, but it was just the first day. At one point the two freshmen qbs had fumbles on six of eight possessions, mostly on the snap. Overall, passes fluttered, passes bounced, passes went a few yards too far, but again that’s the be expected on the first day of practice. As I wrote in the print story, there were some nice plays too.
The other news, which was posted on ajc.com, is that Kamaron Riley has left the team, and that Kyle Jackson hopes to be back in time for the season-opener.
Roddy Jones, wearing a don’t-you-dare-touch-him-gold-jersey, was out there catching option pitches and running.
In all the players looked excited to be out there, as did the coaches. There isn’t much news to report, other than that.
Frankly, I was a bit surprised, as were others, that there weren’t more fans out watching practice. Practices will be closed in about two weeks, so now’s the time if you want to watch.
Appreciate y’alls thoughts on what the team needs to work on in August. We seem to be thinking along the same lines. The most-discussed areas were the passing game, and the defensive line. I’m not as worried about the defensive line. I’m not a football coach, but it seems like that’s the one position that’s the easiest to fill, unless you fill it with people who can neither stop the run, nor get to the QB. I don’t think Tech has many of those players in its two-deep, based upon what those players did last year.
The passing game will be helped by the running game. The better everyone gets at it, the easier it will be to pass.
If you were out at practice, send me your thoughts. If you weren’t, but have questions, shoot them my way.
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