Sunday, August 8, 2010

CMU Fall Practice Day 3 Notes

Not too much to report on today. The guys put on shoulder pads for the first time and got in some physical drills. Most involved linebackers and linemen against the offensive line and tight ends. In those drills, freshman Leterrius Walton did a nice job of moving guys around. He really has good strength and just needs to gain experience.

Here are other notes from the day:
-Cedric Fraser sat out of practice. Not sure he has an injury, he had a water bottle at all times, so it may have been for dehydration.
-The running backs are struggling in the passing game as they have dropped a lot of passes over the last three days.
-Speaking of running backs, Paris Cotton is getting first team snaps now and seems to be showing he is the best of the bunch, but I still think the team will go RB by committee.
-During 11-on-11 drills, the defensive line was able to create a lot of pressure, but that may be because three OL starters are sitting out of contact drills as of now.
-Along with Cotton, Taylor Bradley and even freshman Joe Sawicki at tight end are getting some snaps with the first team.
-Bobby Seay had a pick six during team drills on Radcliff as he cut in front of Kito Poblah to make the interception. It was a nice play by Seay.
-Armond Staten had a nice jumping interception on Brandon Fricke. The pass was under thrown and Staten made a nice adjustment to make the INT.
-During field goal practice, Seay and Joe Wirth each blocked a kick attempt. Seay's was very impressive and similar to what Agnew did in the GMAC Bowl last season.
-In the kicking game, both Richie Hogan and Paul Mudgett made field goals of over 40 yards. But, both also missed shorter kicks. I suspect the kicking game will be very hit-and-miss this year.
-Of three days of camp, it would be hard to argue that David Blackburn hasn't looked the best. He has made nice catches in the passing game and has done well in blocking drills. He actually made blocking Matt Berning look easy during 1-on-1's today.

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