Newcomers Jamel Turner and Hakeem Lawrence took to the field in full pads for the first time since joining the team.
With their five day acclimation period done, it’s not difficult to see why they appealed to coach Terry Bowden and his coaching staff.
Turner, though evidence of significant rust remains, breaks on the ball quickly from his linebacking position and got in on a couple of tackles in full squad drills. Not bad for someone who hadn’t played football in several years.
Lawrence, a running back, comes to the Zips after gaining more than 1,800 yards at his Miami, Fla. high school ran for at least a 15-yard score in the red zone drill, doing it by smoking everyone to the outside and running it in untouched.
“Turner's still going through a little bit more in getting ready and learning. He's been off longer. Whereas Hakeem has just had to get eligibility straightened out,” coach Bowden said. “You can see some of the quickness he gives us...You see him as being a different type of speed back with great, great speed...he showed us some stuff.”
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.