It was another early morning at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex, as the Deacs had a 6:50 a.m. practice. Today's practice was a split practice, meaning that mostly the upperclassmen worked together, with freshmen coming in throughout the morning and having separate drills. This practice was in jerseys, shorts and helmets. Tomorrow's practice will add shells.
Below are the thoughts of several of our staff members:
- John Wolford again appeared to be the most impressive quarterback of the four. He displayed accuracy and poise, while seeming to be able to make the greatest variety of throws.
- Tyler Cameron struggled in a drill with just the quarterbacks and receivers, but did appear to play better during an 11 on 11 drill where he got to throw on the run. Unfortunately, he threw a bad interception to Kevin Johnson and Merill Noel dropped what would have been another Tyler Cameron interception.
- Marquel Lee made a number of impressive plays during drills and did an excellent job getting into the backfield. He is going to need to expand his role this season, and he seems more than capable.
- Zachary Allen and Lance Virgile also made nice pass rushing moves during a drill of defensive linemen vs. offensive linemen.
- The left guard position appears to be an open one, and Will Smith and Tyler Hayworth are competing for the starting job.
- E.J. Scott had a strong performance and the slot receiver should have plenty of catches during the season.
- Dez Wortham was getting a significant number of reps with the first team and could easily challenge Orville Reynolds for the starting spot.
The Deacs will return to the practice field again tomorrow at noon.