It came off without a hitch - but temperatures were climbing. Practice began under the scorching sun with temperature pegging 99 degrees with little or no shade. The few clouds that were out were too small to do much good and so bashful they would not band together to provide any relief.
PRACTICE, PRACTICE - the practice began at 5 p.m. concluded about 8 p.m. according to head football coach Greg Owens. Owens said, "It was not too bad. We got a little breeze at times, it was all right."
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN- the largest guys on the field were right into the frying pan taking on blocking dummies and drills. Then giving line coach William Blaylock a ride on his chariot - the five-man blocking sled. Blaylock offered advice to his charges - "Don't make your feet too wide. Don't step up under yourself, gain ground.
Owens said all positions on the field, including the slots on the offensive line, are still open for competition. Owens said the scrimmage Friday will be a determining factor into which player get a starting or a reserve job on the football team. "We are still working on fundamentals."
FASHION ADVICE- Blaylock told this reporter to "get some sun on your legs" and then joked about my shorts. I ignored the abuse, this is not my first time to be kidded about my white legs and lumpy body.
MAIN MANN -- Over with the receiving corps Dallin Sant made a nice grab on throw by quarterback Blake Macek-- minutes later Alvin Frazier pulled down a Justin Owens (quarterback ) pass. WR coach D.J. Mann was not in the mood for praise. Mann said, "Ain't nobody coming to block... we got to get seven yards of space. Talk... communicate, we can't have any drops."
THE OC - Offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan stepped over to the practice and told them that the upcoming scrimmage against Terrell will be a good test for the receivers. Riordan kept watching, saying, "Terrell will be a good cover team against us. You have to run good routes and get off your break. That was a bad route, but a good catch."
Riordan then got the NASCAR offense going for a few plays saying, "The faster we play the less the defense can do."
Coach Chris Owens added an enthusiastic "It's NASCAR baby!"
DEFENSIVELY SPEAKING - Matt Young - the defensive coordinator - was anxious to get drills going. "Come on... they are waiting on us. Break on the ball when it is thrown. Boom, good job. That's a good look. Get low, hit them in the mouth."
Young then turned to covering trick extra points like swinging gate. Young said, "Look over to me. Always check, watch out for tricks and players hiding by the sidelines."
COACH SPEAK - Head coach Greg Owens walked over to a group and said, "You have got to show us something every day. Move your feet, don't be lazy."
Coach Rodney Flowers chimed in, "Be a leader, not a follower."
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