It was a sunny day at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex, and the Deacs were out there for another split practice. This was the first practice where the players wore shells (per NCAA rules) and because of that it was the most physical practice to date. Below are some observations made by several of our staff members.
- John Wolford and Tyler Cameron appeared to get the majority of the quarterback reps when both were practicing together. Sousa was third and Travis Smith rarely took snaps with the older players. The staff's consensus was that Wolford continued to look the best, but it is still early.
- Wide receiver Tyree Harris left practice with a right ankle injury. He was later seen with his ankle taped and a noticeable limp. The severity of the injury is currently unknown, but he was able to walk off under his own power.
- Defensive lineman Tylor Harris was getting some first teams reps today and was impressive in his drills against the offensive linemen. He has slimmed down since last season and is now more explosive. Defensive end Zachary Allen was also impressive during the same drills.
- A stronger emphasis on special teams continues to be made. Today, there was an entire 10-minute period dedicated to punt blocking.
- Merrill Noel dropped an interception yesterday, but after practice he spent time catching passes from the ball machine.
The Deacs will practice in shells again tomorrow at 6 a.m., before starting practice in full pads on Tuesday morning. Blogger So Dear will have a recap after Tuesday's practice.