A continuation of our intial post on spring football practice.
One noticeable change from practice in previous years is that there are drill periods followed by scrimmage periods…followed by drill periods followed by scrimmage periods. No resting…no group water breaks…no sympathy if you tweak something.
If you’re an injured player, you were on an exercise bike over in a corner of the field. No one was just ‘hanging around’ on the sidelines.
The move of Chip Gregory to running back is a serious one. He’s a bit tall and lanky, but runs ‘big’ and is hard to bring down.
On defense, we are going to have to find our way. Size and experience are both issues at the moment. I expect to see this group improve quickly, though. There are some good players out there.
People asked us to look at the corners. But it was easier to notice the safeties, as they were making a lot of tackles. The corners did a pretty nice job…but nothing amazing. Linebackers are small and lacking experience. I liked the scheme and the coaching of the defensive units.
The punt teams featured serious attention to the spacing on the line. Punts were practiced with a full contact rush of 10 men. There was a committee trying out at punt returner…all being coached by Tim Horton.
Alex Tejada still has a big leg. He hit the goal post about five feet from the top from 47 yards out. Distance will not be an issue. And interestingly, it seems like he’s grown a couple of inches and filled out as well.
The crowds over the weekend were pretty good. I heard someone yell, “We are passing the ball! I love it!” Well, we are passing the ball…but we are running the ball, too. There’s a lot of very physical, hard-nosed football going on out there.
I would strongly encourage fans to get out and watch these guys practice at least once during the spring. This is real football…it’s good stuff.