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Spring football practice - Session II

By George Thomas Published: March 22, 2012

 Practice observations:

Offense: As you might expect, there was a bit more of a comfort level with the second practice that showed with both squads. Dalton Williams continued to use experience to his advantage, working with the first team offense, hitting some players right on the numbers, but Clayton Moore showed that he won’t give up the job easily. Moore, however, has a tendency to stare down his receivers – especially when he’s looking to go deep. He looks at that individual and no one else. Do not count Patrick Nicely out of this race either.

The emphasis with Bowden’s no-huddle offense was establishing tempo. Right now it’slooking like if the Zips can’t beat teams on the scoreboard, they may just try to give them heart attacks.

Couch Terry Bowden said in a recent interview that all jobs are up for grabs. Last year’s starting running back, Jawon Chisolm is running like it. He’s getting to holes hard and quickly, but not sloppily. He’s showing some patience and it’s paying off.

Defense: While Bowden is looking for intensity squad wide, expect the defense ramp it up some –primarily because of the presence of defensive coordinator Chuck Amato anddefensive line coach Todd Stroud. To say they’re fiery would be an understatement.

There are early signs – very early – that the defense and the entire team for that matter – are taking on that personality. A couple of minor scuffles broke out in practice and although you want that to get out of hand, it’s usually a sign of motivated players and a motivate team. Ultimately, it depends how it translates to a game situation.

One player, defensive end Albert Presley, a junior college transfer, opened Stroud’s eyes with his play. In two practices, it’s the first compliment I’ve heard the coach give.

Collectively, the frontline DBs have been impressive as well.

Quote of the day:

Coach Amato to one of three officials on hand to offer players guidance with respect to penalties: “There were six holding penalties on that play,” he shouted from the middle of the field. “You have a flag; use it.”

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