Well, there was some hitting today, as documented in the print story in Thursday’s paper. Not a lot, but the players were excited.
Dominique Reese said he was glad to do some hitting because he didn’t feel like the defense played well in the T-Day game back in the spring.
Josh Nesbitt was glad to see others get hit. The quarterbacks made several good plays in 7-on-7 drills on the afternoon, and the defense made some interceptions as well. Nesbitt said he felt more relaxed on Wednesday in the passing drills than he did the previous two days. He had one very pretty pass down the seam to Marcus Wright that had perfect touch on it.
Toward the end of practice it seemed that Paul Johnson had seen enough and brought the players together for an 11-on-11 drill. It was getting fairly rowdy. No tackles were supposed to be made, so when someone knocked down Jonathan Dwyer on a run up the middle voices were raised.
Mammoth defensive tackle T. J. Barnes just about broke a one-man tackling sled during one drill. He almost pushed it all the way over.
Freshman wide receiver Stephen Hill made another outstanding catch, going up high to pull down a pass.
Defensive back Jerrard Tarrant ran across the field to make an interception during a drill.
Jordan Luallen threw a pretty bomb during an early drill. He seems to not be letting loose with his throws, though. Of course, I’m no quarterback, so what do I know?
Middle linebacker Brad Jefferson got in Jaybo Shaw’s kitchen during the 7-on-7 drills, eventually forcing the coaches to put in another quarterback. To be fair, I could have totally been misinterpreting why Shaw was temporarily taken off. You could hear Jefferson yelling “Jaybo” over and over, though. Folks on the hill watching practice got a chuckle out of it. Shaw bounced back on his next turn and completed a pass.
There’s a feature in Thursday’s paper on the offensive line and the competition that happening there. It’ll be interesting to see who starts the season opener on Sept. 5 against Jacksonville State. There’s so much depth and so much experience back. What are your predictions for the line? Who would you like to see, well, line up?
How many of you are going to the Fan Day on Saturday?