Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday Morning Practice Observations

The Chippewas had a two-a-day on Monday, and I was on hand for the morning practice session. Here are a few notes from the practice:

-There were NFL Scouts on hand from the Jacksonville Jaguars and the San Francisco 49ers. Good chance they were there to look at Dan LeFevour, but who knows for sure. There was also a CFL rep there, perhaps to see Fraser, or get a look at Canadian-born Kito Poblah.
-I noticed Evan Ray no longer had a stripe on his helmet. I didn't notice any other freshmen with theirs removed, but numbers keep changing, so there may be others out there. For now, I have only seen Phillips and Ray without one.
-Kito and Vince Agnew each took big hits during the practice and looked to be shaken up, but each one returned shortly after the play and looked to be fine.
-Malek Redd took a lot of snaps as a slot receiver, much like Jahleel Addae. Not sure if that is going to be a switch for him or not, but I will stay on top of it.
-The practice closed with some two-minute drill scrimmages. The first team moved the ball nicely down the field with LeFevour hitting Antonio Brown on a 30-yard pass. The offense got to the 20-yard line to set up a game-winning kick from Andrew Aguila. Butch Jones freezed Aguila with a time out call just before the kick and then Aguila missed the next attempt.
-When the second team hit the field, Ryan Radcliff threw an interception on the first play to Kashawn Fraser, who had dropped back into coverage.
-The final set up was the offense being down three with no timeouts and the ball on the opponent's 20-yard line. LeFevour hit Addae on a touchdown pass of 20 yards that was called back because of illegal procedure. Aguila ended up making a 38-yard field goal as time expired to end practice.

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