Xnex Posted August 4, 2010 Share Posted August 4, 2010 This guy attends all of the practices and usually does a good job of being honest about what he sees. He doesn't mention it, but from other people who were there it seems like Ace Sanders had a very good night and made several bigtime plays. Anyway, if anyone is interested, here it is.Fall Practice Report #1: 8/3/10Well, we’re underway ! Got our first look at the 2010 version of the Gamecocks tonight, and it wasn’ta bad workout at all. Lots of good work put in by a lot of the guys we will be counting on heavily this seasonand also some real nice work done by the new players who joined the team this fall. Gotta give a shout outto a couple of guys for the obvious work they did this summer during voluntary workouts, as they came into practice tonight looking much stronger and faster than when they left the field after the spring game.Wes Saunders looks like he has shed another 30 lbs. Much faster looking and had a great practice tonight. DeVonte Holloman must have set up camp in the weight room this summer. The guy has put on some serious upper body mass and looks a step quicker himself. Brian Maddox continues to tone up as well. He had made a big difference over the winter and came into the Spring looking a lot sleeker and he has bulked up a little more over the summer and has some good speed to go along with it. The talk about movinghim to fullback has gone out the window. This guy looks like Cory Boyd did in his senior season, and isstarting to remind me a lot of Cory running the football. Kyle Nunn and TJ Johnson both have put on someextra upper body tone, and Terrence Campbell (to me) seems to have shed a few pounds. Don’t know if thatwill be good or bad in the long run, but he definitely looks faster than he did this spring. For those here whohaven’t heard already, the BEAST that was walking around in the white jersey was Byron Jerideau ! GOODGOD, that was a massive individual. I really hope mr. Jerideau has some skills to go along with that Massbecause if he does, we can spell both Travian Robertson AND Ladi Ajiboye and put in Jerideau to playboth inside positions at the same time. Got there early tonight and watched the Kickers going through their warm ups to see who had the strongestlooking legs. Spencer Lanning was “warming up” from the 40 and drilled several with basically a one stepapproach! Besides Spencer, Joey Scibner-Howard has the best looking kicks as a FG guy. Howard has theclassic High arch you like to see from your kicker in the longer distances, and even though both he and Spencercan hit from the 55 yard line in, Scibner-Howard gives you a better feeling when the ball comes off his footfrom the deeper distance, that it’s going to make it to the Post. I still see Lanning as the most consistent of the two and that will probably secure the FG job for him this fall, but unless one of the other young guysdevelops fast during the off seasons, Scibner-Howard seems destined to take the job over next year. Lanning also seems solid in the Punting duty as well, but there is a serious contender emerging to maybegive him a run for that job soon. Freshman kicker Patrick Fish has a really strong leg for a new guy, and even though he did have some inconsistency during the night with a few shanked punts, he matched the fifth year senior in hang time and distance most of the early part of practice. This will be an interesting raceto watch this fall. I watched the various squads go through their position drills tonight and really got a feeling there was a different sense of effort from most of the team tonight. Don’t know if the UConn game was drilled intotheir minds by the coaches, or whether they have just decided this is the way to do it, but they were runningthe drills a little sharper, and with a lot more spirit than I’ve seen out here in a while. Not a lot of yelling bythe coaches as I would have expected, but more claps of approval from them as the guys finished up thedrills. This was a good thing to see. Didn’t see Alshon out there tonight as I learned later he had some dental work today, and was held out ofpractice tonight. Mike Triglia was wearing a yellow jersey tonight and seemed to be moving around prettywell. Of the Quarterbacks, (I’m sure most are wanting to hear about them), I really have to give the overall edge in tonight’s practice to Connor Shaw however slight it was. Both he and Garcia had good workouts, both threwsome really nice passes for the most part all night. Both threw interceptions at various points in the workout.Two by Garcia, and one by Shaw, but Shaw seemed a little sharper going through the progressions and findingthe open man. Garcia seemed to struggle a little bit there. Do need to add that Garcia did in fact take off someof the bulk that was causing a lot stir this Spring. He looked in good shape, and had lost the gut that got a lot of people’s attention this past February. Shaw’s best pass of the evening came during the one on ones, when he hooked up on a deep out and up route along the sideline to Ace Sanders. Very well thrown ball of about 35 yards and laid over the outstretched hands of the Corner back, and hit Sanders in stride. Shaw’s pick was also on an out an up, shorter route that was intended for Michael Flint, but Stephon Gilmore readit well and jumped the route for the pick. Other than that misfire, Shaw ended up with a very good nightthrowing the ball, and in is overall decision making. Garcia’s first pick came during the Skels, when he tried to fire a short slant to Deon LeCorn. Akeem Auguste read Garcia’s eyes and was in perfect position when the ball was released over the middle to make the clean pick. Garcia’s other pick came during the 11 on 11, on his first rep. He tried to hit WesSaunders on a deep fade, but hung the ball up. Both Saunders and Auguste jumped up for the ball, butAuguste had position and tipped the ball up in the air, and Antonio Allen was able to grab the deflected ball, for the interception. Garcia redeemed that pick a couple of plays later however by connecting on a really nice looking wheel route thrown to Marcus Lattimore, who caught the ball and took it in forhis first Practice TD as a Gamecock. Garcia’s best pass of the night however, came earlier during oneon ones, when he and Wes Saunders hooked up for a TD on a skinny post route from about 25 yards outthat went for 6. Saunders beat Jimmy Legree with a nice little head fake, that allowed him to get the insideposition on Legree, and Garcia hit him in stride as he broke open. Very nice looking play there.Of the Wide Outs tonight, Tori Gurley and Wes Saunders (TE) were the ones that had notable nights catchingthe football, but the most impressive looking receiver out there was Cedric Snead who was hauling in a lotof balls that looked uncatchable when thrown. Laying out on a couple for diving catches, and making somenice adjustments to catch balls thrown behind him. Ced was a guy who sort of had a quiet spring until thelast week before he started to get noticed by the QBs out there. He ended up having a good final week, andhad some nice grabs in the Spring Game, and came out of the gates smoking tonight. Overall he was probablythe best looking of the group of receivers in the opening practice. Having the worse practice would have to goto both Bryce Sherman and Jason Barnes. Sherman did recover later to make some nice catches out of the backfield, but during the one on ones, and Skels, he had several balls that hit him in the hands, and he couldn’t find the handle on them. Barnes just looked overwhelmed from the get go, dropping several easycatches during the position drills with the coaches throwing, and never got into a rhythm all night, dropping a few others in the game drills, and having balls knocked out of his hands by the DBs. Lamar Scruggs andDL Moore caught a few passes, but had a quiet practice tonight along with Deon LeCorn. There was very little running done in the game situation drills, and most of the work put in by the RunningBacks was done catching passes out of the backfield. What little running was done, was met with noresistance other than just light arm grabbing because of working without pads. The most impressive Backcatching the football has to be Marcus Lattimore. The guy looks like a wide receiver catching the ball, andjust has that “fluidity” running routes that you’d like to see your receivers have. I would bet the farm that weare going to run the wheel route a lot this season, and I’d be willing to go double or nothing that it will be run successfully too. Saw it used a few times tonight in practice, and it seems it is going to be a play weare trying to get a lot of work on early. Kenny Miles had a VERY quiet practice, hardly touching the ballat all. Brian Maddox got the majority of carries that we did run, along with a couple of runs by Jarvis Giles. Giles looks good carrying the football when he just picks a spot and runs to it, without trying to juke, or reverse field to make a spectacular run out of something that isn’t there. Bryce Sherman got a coupleof reps from the backfield as well. I really like the move of Chris Culliver back to Corner. He looked very comfortable back there tonight, and handled the change very well. Best looking Defensive player tonight was Akeem Auguste though. He was around the football when it was in the air, and got in on several breakups, and had the one pick, and almosta second, but contributed to the interception. Really like watching Stephon Gilmore work though. He had avery solid practice, but more of a leadership role as well. Talking to players all night, moving guys around thatseemed out of position before the snap, and giving encouragement when someone made a good play. Thiscoming from a sophomore player! This guy is going to end his career here being recognized as one of the bestCorners we’ve ever had. Doesn’t mean a lot tonight but just for the record, the starting unit on the O/line was TJ at center, T Campbellat Right Guard, G Chisolm at Left Guard, H Eckerson Right Tackle and J King at Left Tackle. On the Defense was T Robertson and L Ajiboye on the inside, with Devin Taylor and Cliff Matthews onthe Ends. Shaq, and Rodney were the linebackers, and A Allen was the Spur, with Gilmore and Culliver atCorners, and Auguste and Holloman at Safetys. Gotta note here. This spring, the DBs seemed to have a very distinct edge over the Wide Outs pretty much theentire Spring, but in the opening practice tonight, the Wide Receivers seemed to be able to get open more thanthe DBs were at defending them. The DBs did have a better showing in the 11 on 11, but even then, the WRsmade some really nice moves to get separation in the routes. During the one on ones, and Skels, the WRs had exceptional success in getting open. It would seem our Wide outs had a real good summer!More Tomorrow night. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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