With most of the offense and defense installed, the coaching staff is beginning to expect more from the team by knowing what they are supposed to be doing and in which situations.
Coach Terry Bowden expected the incoming freshmen who didn’t come in last spring would be a bit lost, knowing that they will be walking about listlessly the first few days. Time’s over for that. You either know it and take your shot at playing time at your position or prepare to be bypassed.
“In a couple of weeks it's going to be too late and we're going to put you on the scout team and get ready to play,” Bowden said.
- Quarterbacks: What was obvious yesterday proved less so at today’s practice Coach Bowden said that the quarterback battle is so close, he could envision doing something his father, coaching legend Bobby Bowden, did in 1979 – playing two signal callers Dalton Williams continues to show some touch on all of his passes along with the requisite leadership. While Kyle Pohl recovered from yesterday’s bad start in 11-on-11 play to throw consistently well. “Dalton has made a little bit of an edge just by doing a few more things right. Kyle (Pohl) is right on the verge. I'm seeing things that are very pleasing to me,” he said. “I'll be quite honest. Images of two quarterbacks playing a little bit have popped in my head. I haven't been part of something like that in a long time.”
- Offense: Bowden said that the running back situation is shaping up. Little has changed in that respect. Jawon Chisholm, Broderick Alexander received their share of reps and ran with authority. Quentin Hines continued to show speed, agility and soft hands. Freshman Conor Hundley made the most off his time on the field. Beyond those four, no one else received many reps. The offense didn’t look especially crisp.
- Defense: The defense produced back-to-back sacks during 11-on-11 drills. You can also see defensive players getting more comfortable in Chuck Amato’s new system. Defensive lineman Mike Davis had one of those sacks while linebacker Kurt Mangum came up with a couple of nice stops. Overall the defensive backfield was much better than Monday as there were few big plays and several tackles for loss.
Quick hits: The Sept. 15 home game against Morgan State will be televised on ESPN3 at 3:30 p.m.…. Fans can meet the team Sunday at the Stile Athletic Field House at 2 p.m. Sunday for autographs and pictures.