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Practice started with about 30 min of position drills and then went right to 11 v 11, so I should have known something was up. I got excited thinking the rest of the practice would be a full on scrimmage (mini camp version anyways), but they called it after about 20 snaps to play softball.
For those 20 snaps though, they went at it hard. Very intense, bodies flying everywhere. When they finally do put the pads on I think we are going to have a more competitive and spirited training camp then weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had in a long time.
Jay looked pretty good in the WR v DB drills, but couldn't get anything done vs. the full 1st team D. I don't think it was anything he was doing wrong, it's just that the D was stifling. The pass rush was in his face almost every time (probably biggest result from no pads, but stillÃ¢â‚¬Â¦), the coverage by the DBÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s was outstanding and every running play was covered (except 1 nice draw to Konrad). I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think anyone would have had success against or D the way we looked today! JayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best completion was another well thrown deep out to Thompson but immediately made you forget about it on the next play when a wobbly duck sailed 5 yards over an open McKnightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s head that had TD written all over it.
Sage had better success vs. the 2nd stringers. Throws were tight and well placed. He looked in control of the Offence and made good decisions. One of his incompletion wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t his fault when a well thrown out pattern hit Tolver in the back. He turned around flat footed and confused and immediately got a 1 on 1 with one of the coaches. He almost made up for it with a juggling circus catch on the far sideline, but without replay I believe it hit the groundÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Sage later hit Tovler solidly in the chest on a drag rout for a 10-12 yard gain.
Play of the Day: Perfectly placed rainbow bomb from Sage to #15 Ronald Bellamy. Maybe 40 yards in the air and a sure TD as Bellamy got behind the D. His only play today, but he looked real fast and the throw was perfect. Now if we can get that from Fiedler to Chambers, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re set!
Jim Bates: I love this guy. He reminds me of some people I used to party with in college. Crazy! He is constantly yelling to his D players both good and bad after every play. The funny part is that he get's even louder for the good. He really get's into it. I actually saw him push his way past RW to high-five Wally after a play. He is the way I wish Dave was on game day. Full of fire!
Comments from softball:
1) Seth McKinney hit a wicked shot HR
2) Buckley has a great arm
3) Chester does not
4) Zack looked so happy to pop it up and not strike out
5) Seau got booed for trying to bunt his way on (almost made it)
6) The winners did the FSU war chant (made this GatorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s skin crawl) Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I blame Buckley!
7) Be happy they play football!
Sorry the pictures suck. I think I got a lot of better shots last time... But in them you can notice the difference in how they re-striped the practice field. Notice on 4/5 there were two fields and they did most of the O v D on the one closest to the stands. Now look at 6/5 and there is only one field not and it's like 20-25 yards farther away... DoesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make for good picsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
WARNING: I just got my Concealed Weapon Permit in the mail today, so be careful with the criticism. :m83: :nana:
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