08.Apr.2011 Practice Notes 4/8
These notes were taken by AfghanBeav, who attended practice today. I wouldn't post observations from just anyone; I trust this guy's opinions based on a year of following his posts.
I was going to edit the writing to make it pretty, but screw it, there's good insight as-is, which is all that matters.
P Hekker: Nuff Said.
K Romaine: Kicked the ball well, deep and high several out of the back of the endzone. Only made 2/5 FG outside 30 yards.
Coverage: Looked alright, no tackling so it's hard to tell.
Return game: Looked good Poyer and Wheaton are still really good. Both made shifty moves.
QB Vaz(1st string) Does not look comfortable in the pocket. Gets happy feet quickly. Overthrew a ball right to the Safety.
Mannion(2nd string) GREAT footwork, good release, good arm strength, REALLY needs to work on the Center exchange (4 fumbles, only QB to fumble the exchange) IMO look for Mannion to become second string, with a little more time i bet he pushes Katz next year.
Lomax(3rd String) Looked Decent, tbh i was focusing more on other spots when he was in.
Jovan Stevenson(1st) Running with more power than he did as freshman, drug Cam Collins about 5 yards on a run. Hits holes quickly, good vision, decent shifty moves, but is not Quizz
Ryan McCants(2nd) Big strong runner, hits holes hard but with his eyes closed. Has a decent first move, but can lower his shoulders and move piles (should have turned into a LB 3 years ago)
Malcome Marable(3rd) Looks good, he is quick hits holes well and can get the edge. Needs to get stronger, was getting taken down by contact and not tackles.
Terron Ward(4th) Looks like our next workhorse, shifty (but not as quick as Quizz was) and he is strong enough to break tackles. I like him.
IMO we look good at RB not great. Any of our 4 are not quizz but i think we are in good hands, we will get some production out of them.
Wheaton(1st) looked great fast, good off the line moves. Still our fly sweep guy with James out.
Gwatchem(2nd) Looks promising he has decent speed. TALL looked good on endzone fade routes nice soft hands
Darrell "glass jaw" Catchings (3rd) I wish he could stay healthy, he actually looked good today, burned Poyer and Hardin a few times deep.
Looked decent today, did not give up any big sacks. Did not impress me in the run game either though. Darryl Jackson was playing LG today and looked good. Phillip looked good, settling in a RT well. Overall our line looks about average (better than last year).
The tight ends did not get much work receiving today, but looked good in the blocking drills. They were handling our DEs nicely in the 1v1 drills.
D-Line Looked Decent today, our Oline is not over power so it is really hard to get a feel for who is better. Did not give up alot up the middle.
MUCH faster to the edge this year, Cam Collins and Mike Doctor are MONSTERS did not see any plays by the MLB that stood out. The Unga brother looks like he may win the starting spot he was trying his best to lead the D making calls to shift the D around.
Poyer played well, got burned deep once by Catchings but Vaz overthrew him by about 10 yards.
Hardin looked decent but still has the same problems as last year. If our coaches pull their heads out, Sean Martin should be starting over him. He looks great had a pick6 and is FAST.
Lance Mitchell looked good, good run support had a nice pick on a ball overthrown by Vaz. Did not see any other plays that stood out great or bad from the safeties.