The most noticeable aspect of today’s practice – the only one of the day – was the two-minute drill. Each offensive unit took a stab at it and it didn’t look pretty.
Considering it’s the first time the coaching staff ran it during a regular practice, some slack deserved to be cut.
Neither the first or second team offensive units moved the ball effectively, giving the defense a win in that area.
Talk to me a week from now. If it's the same, then there's a problem.
Coach Bowden won’t release a depth chart until later this week, but judging from the ways that players are lining up, the starting offensive and defensive units are shaping up this way:
Offense: Offensive line: LT Jarrod Pughsley; LG Dylan Brumbaugh; C Vinnie Rossi; RG Mitch Straight; RT Adam Bice. QB Dalton Williams; RB Jawon Chisholm. WRs L.T. Smith, Marquelo Suel, Keith Sconiers and Jerrod Dillard.
Defense: LE J.D. Griggs; DT Nico Caponi; DT Cody Grice; Albert Presley. LBs Kurt Mangum, Justin March, ShelDon Miller. DBs Avis Commack, Anthony Holmes, Malachi Freeman, Miklos Blake.
Keep in mind that some positions may still be up in the air and in a state of flux.
Bice makes move
Senior Adam Bice is now a former center. Coach Terry Bowden moved the native of Dresden at the beginning of camp. Only a game situation will show for sure, but thus far it looks as if the transition is going smoothly. Senior Vinnie Rizzo will start at Bice’s old position this season.
“You have starting experience in a guy who plays center and you want to get both of them in the starting lineup,” he said. “It was one of those things putting the best five on the field. We thought about that in the off season.”
The M*A*S*H Team
Defensive back Emmanuel Lartey walked amongst the wounded for Monday’s lone practice because he’s been suffering from headaches and the staff decided to err on the side of caution.
“Concussions,” Bowden said, “those are the types of things we monitor closely.”
Senior offensive lineman Mitch Straight spent some time with ice wrapped around his knee as a precaution.
“He’s very important to us,” Bowden said. “We want him to get through the pre-season and give us 60 minutes on Saturday.”