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Zips football:Spring practice report, Day 8

By George Thomas Published: April 15, 2013

Work continues at the Stile Athletics Field House with some good news on the offensive side of the ball:

Offense:    It’s as if the dam sprung a leak for the offense today.   There were actually plays down the field to wide receivers in today’s practice, as senior Jerrod Dillard, sophomore Andrew Pratt made some nice grabs today. Junor L.T. Smith joined them.  Part of the problem with the offense has been with injuries to the receiving corps.  That still doesn’t explain the noticeable lack of production this spring from Dillard and Pratt. 

“I can pull guys off the street to play against soft zone and catch the football,” Bowden said. “We're you're going to play Division I with a serious passing attack you're going to have someone in your face like basketball.  You have to be able to score off the dribble.”

The receivers, at least figuratively, scored off the dribble today.

Defense:  Again the defense continued to look strong, especially the linebackers.  The familiarity may breed success, still the Zips continue to deliver.  Junior Justin March continued his spring success as did Jatavis Brown.  What is nice for UA is that they actually have some depth at the position.

Williams on switching

Now offensive lineman Isaiah Williams, who recent switched from defense, has little problem with coaches moving him.   It gives the Zips some much-needed depth on the offensive line and gives Williams an opportunity.

“I moved to offense to give myself a chance to start.  I have a good chance (to do that) playing offensive line,” the 6-foot-3, 284 lbs. junior said after Monday’s practice.

He comes to that side of the ball with experience, having played left tackle in high school, he said.

“The switch isn't too difficult.  It's about learning the plays and the assignments,” he said.

Injury update:  Wide receiver Imani Davis returned to practice, but sophomore receiver Zach D’Orazio will be down for a few days, Bowden said.

Quick hit:  Wide receiver Imani Davis has returned to practice giving the team some depth at wideout. 

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