August 20, 2008

Frog practice report: 8/20

The Frogs were forced indoors once again Wednesday morning as the fields remained wet from the rain that has hit the area this week. The hour and a half session again had the Frogs focusing mainly on what they expect to see from the Lobos next Saturday.

Although the Frogs are in the "grind" Coach Patterson feels his team is still showing good intensity and he was pleased again with the morning practice.

"Oh yeah, I do," Patterson said of his team's intensity. "Today was a good practice. It was a short practice, the main thing is you got to get a lot of good work done."

As the opener creeps closer, Coach Patterson says his team still has a lot of room for improvement on each side of the ball if they're to beat New Mexico.

"Obviously turnovers on offense," Patterson said. "We did it at the end of the season and they've done it camp. Defensively, it has to be takeaways. Again, if you want to be a good defense you have to be able to stop the run first. It's always been one of our trademarks and it can't be any different."

MORE EMPHASIS

The team has been doing "emphasis" drills all week which is the offense and defense both getting looks, from the offense and defense. In other words, the first and second units on offense will run against the defense which in turn shows what the opponent runs. This happens vice versa when the first and second defense gets looks from the offense the opponent runs. Imagine Dalton throwing routes that New Mexico uses. It gives both units better looks- "it's a lot better to have a guy like Jimmy Young running routes against our defense than a walk-on kicker." Patterson said.

Coach Patterson says his troops have responded well the last few days in the scout drills.

"We're doing a lot better job of giving each other a look," he said. "More importantly I like the way the scout teams have done a lot better job."

FRESHMEN UPS AND DOWNS

True freshman quarterback Yogi Gallegos took reps with the second team for the second consecutive practice Wednesday morning. The gunslinger looked sharp in one-on-one drills and completed 3-of-5 passes in the pass skeleton including a long TD to Jonathan Jones. Is there a battle behind Dalton? Not so fast. Gallegos has been getting the reps due to a sore shoulder Marcus Jackson has endured the last few practices. It's nothing serious, Jackson even took some reps with the first offense in team drills.

Coach Patterson says the freshman has looked good in spots, but like any other freshman he has his ups and downs.

"We got to get him ready anyway," Patterson said of Gallegos. "(Marcus) took reps in the team period but Yogi took most of the throws. He's up and down, it's hard to be a freshman quarterback, to be honest with you it's hard to be a freshman anything."

HIT OF THE DAY:

Belonged to Stephen Hodge when he laid out freshman tailback Edward Wesley on a blitz. Wesley was pass protecting and saw first hand why Hodge is the Hitman.

NOTABLES:

Tekerrien Cuba has been working with the two's at weak safety the last few practices and Coach Patterson says- "he's really starting to come on". Cuba recorded an interception today during emphasis drills.

Jason Phillips was back at practice today in full pads. Did anyone think he would miss more than one practice?

Antoine Hicks was back at practice this morning after missing yesterday's workout for freshman orientation. Hicks was back out there with the second receiver rotation and had some nice catches including two long gains in 1-on-1 drills against Fobbs and Cuba.

Jason Teague is still day to day but was moving around at practice today doing various drills with the trainers. Coach Patterson needless to say was very overjoyed to see this.

Senior Walter Bryant had a good day from his receiver spot. The 6-foot-4 target hauled in some good catches during 1-on-1's and during scout drills.

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