August 10, 2006

Notes: On the run


We could probably add linebackers in the title above and it would be pretty close to the "injury report." (more on that in a minute.

Sophomore center David Washington, sophomore Steve Denning and redshirt freshman Noah Franklin were all held out of drills this evening, with what coach Mike Gundy termed minor nicks. Denning and Franklin had been taken most of the first-string snaps at the two guard spots and Washington is a returning starter at center.

Redshirt freshman Andrew Lawrence handled all of the first-team snaps, while true freshmen Jacob Secrest and Trent Perkins split time on the right side. You read that right, Secrest moved back to guard after spending several practices at right tackle. Senior Kurt Seifried, who is the mix at guard, handled the snapping duties in Washington's abscense.


With the center of his line very inexperienced, quarterback Bobby Reid spent much of the team session running for his life, particularly when going against the first-team defense. Defensive tackle Ryan McBean was a particular thorn in the offense's side, sacking Reid and flushing him from the pocket multiple times.

It wasn't necessarily a bad thing, however. Reid showed his pocket awareness had increased over last year and most times made the correct call on whether to throw, run or just take the sack. He also started hitting a succession of quicker routes to open up the defense a little bit. Adarius Bowman and Brandon Pettigrew were frequent targets. Towards the end of the workout, Reid found D'Juan Woods for a quick-hitter on the sideline. A beautiful run after the catch by Woods that saw him weave through a maze of defensive backs gave the offense a late surge of momentum.


In addition to the three o-linemen mentioned above, linebackers Chris Collins, Delvin James and Jeremy Nethon all spent part of the practice with coach Rob Glass. After going through positional drills, Mike Hamilton did the same. Gundy termed the reasons for those players being held out as "just two-a-day stuff" and indicated there were no serious issues among them. Camp's two more serious injured players, wideouts Anthony Parks and Jeremy Broadway did not practice.

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