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Zips football: Day 10 at Camp Zippy

By George Thomas Published: August 14, 2012

 As I wrote earlier today, the new wrinkles for the Zips came courtesy of two players – Hakeem Lawrence and Jamel Turner.  Lawrence made his presence known with a TD run and Turner got in on a couple of plays.

Otherwise it looks as if beyond position drills, the coaches are beginning to solidify what the two-deep depth chart will look like. 

  • Offense:  Jawon Chisholm continues to strengthen his hold on the starting running back position.  In one drill that requires the offense to work with its back against the goal line, he ran strong and for significant yardage….Something that is definitely noticeable is Conor Hundley getting increased time with the twos.  Tuesday he delivered with a 25-yard run out of the shadow of the goalposts…Lawrence, however, looks as if he could deliver homerun potential.
  • Defense:  The DBs as a unit continue to play impressively.  Sean Graves jumped a route to defend a pass.  Cornerback Bryce Cheek delivered a pick.

Blame it on ‘Bama

The Zips practiced inside Tuesday morning because of the threat of rain.

No one will ever find coach Terry Bowden complaining about having to go indoors.  After coaching in Alabama on more than one occasion, the heat is something he’s grown accustomed.  In fact, he enjoys working the team out in the Stile Athletic Field House because it’s hot with a high level of humidity.

Presley adapts

Defensive end Albert Presley has undoubtedly developed that second move he needed.

He left his competition frustrated to the point of removing his helmet and throwing it on the surface of the Stile Athletic Field House during Tuesday’s a.m. practice.

While there’s little doubt that Presley could beat people on the outside, linemen could nullify his rush to the interior. He’s added some balance now.

The hit heard…

Call it the hit heard around Northeast Ohio.  There have been very few actual hits that rattle anyone at Zips practice, primarily because the coaching staff discourages those highlight-film-type exercises to prevent injury.  Other players?  Fair game.  Not your own teammate, however.  Occasionally, however, those types of hits are unavoidable.  Such was the lick that safety Bre’ Ford put on receiver Dylan Potts. I’m pretty sure it’s one that reached the shores of Lake Erie.  Thankfully, Potts looked all right afterwards.

Lining them up

Offensive line coach Alan Arrington said that his unit still needs to find a few more consistent players to solidify the offensive line.  There are seven that meet that qualification so far.

Injury update:  Defensive back Emmanuel Lartey officially has a concussion…Defensive lineman Robert Young (muscle strain) was a spectator during the morning workout.

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