CMU football had its second day in full pads Wednesday as well as its first two-a-day of the practice schedule. Here are some Dan Enos quotes from tonight....
On the amped-up level of physicality: "We've been pretty physical all camp and had our first two-a-day today after putting on the full pads yesterday. We've done some live stuff these past two days and gotten in a lot of situational work. We have done short-yardage, red zone, plus-10 red zone, 3rd-and-long, 3rd-and-medium. Basically, we have gotten a lot of situational things covered. We obviously still have time to hit, but there is plenty of time to do that. Guys are practicing with a lot of effort right now."
On where key position battles are going on: "Cody Kater is having a tremendous camp at quarterback right now. He is really pushing for that No. 2 spot with those other guys. The cornerback position has been a great battle with Lorenzo White, Anthony Young, Jason Wilson, Dennis Nalor. All those guys have been showing up at different spots. On the defensive line, Caesar Rodriguez has been very good. Joe Kinville, Steve Winston, Matt Losiniecki have done a really good job. A lot of the young guys are getting better so there's a lot of talent there. The young running backs are really battling, I really like all three freshmen and they have looked good. So there are a lot of positive things going on."
On the younger guys picking up the schemes: "There are a lot of things in and the young running backs (Saylor Lavalli, Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore, and Martez Walker) have been the most impressive to me because usually when running backs come in, protections and those types of things set them back a bit. But these three guys have been very impressive. Coach Shankweiler has done a tremendous job with them and also our older running backs (Zurlon Tipton, Anthony Garland, Tim Phillips) have done a really good job of helping them along. You can really see it."
On who is the starting running back between Tipton and Garland: "If we played tomorrow, both of them would play a bunch. We have no problem putting either of those guys in on short-yardage situations, passing situations, goal line, whatever the case may be."
On where Tim Phillips is at health-wise: "He looks good early in camp. It looks like he has his quickness back. We're hoping he can be healthy because he can give us another element, another dimension there."
On the health of the rest of the team: "We've got a few guys nicked up and a few guys we are being cautious with. A few of the younger guys got sick with the flu and didn't practice today, but other than that we are pretty good right now. Knock on wood."
On Cody Wilson returning from his injury: "Cody has looked good. We are not practicing him every day because of his toe. We are trying to take it easy with him because we need him for the season. The times that we have seen him he looks really good."
On juco transfer wide receiver DeFarrel Davis: "DeFarrel is fast. He's extremely fast. He's very explosive and is picking up things pretty well. He is going to be in the hunt. He's made some plays, but he is still learning too. So every day he gets with Coach Rison he will continue to get better and better."