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geauxtigahs87
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Got to watch practice today
As part of "student appreciation" day. Anyway, here's what I saw:

I mostly watched the offense early on since a)it was more exciting watching them run plays than watching the defense run drills and b)I was closer and could see them better.

Following the usual warmups, Canada had them running hurry-up against no defense from the 10 yard line to midfield. 1s would go one way, 2s would come back the opposite way, back and forth, nonstop, fast fast fast.

This is the only time during practice we saw the offense we're likely to see in the fall. Similar stuff he did at Pitt. Lots of pre-snap movement, jet sweep, zone read, or quick throws to the sideline. With no one defending you would expect QBs to be close to 100% on their passes, which they were.

Would stood out about this practice period was they didn't operate like your typical hurry up during a game. (i.e. after the play is over, the ref is handed the ball who then spots it, and the offense sets accordingly) Today, the second the play ended (sometimes even before) a grad assistant immediately places a ball down and the offense is required to immediately get set.

In other words, they're practicing the hurry up at a faster temp then the game actually allows.

Next came 7 on 7 that only utilized one side of the field at a time (basically 2WR and 1RB vs. 3DBs) Passing from all the QBs was fairly inconsistent and there were a couple of contested balls that hit WRs hands in the endzone but couldn't pull it down. There were a few nice plays, though. Narcisse threw a laser for a nice gain, and Drake Davis made a nice move after a catch to get a TD.

Full offense went against full defense in 3rd and long situations. Nothing flashy from the offense. It was routinely 4-5 wide being a obvious passing down. Looked like 1s vs 1s and 2s vs 2s as well. Offense got the upper hand on few, defense got the upper hand on few. Alot of overthrown balls. Tolliver had an interception on a ball that hit the WR in the hands. Didn't see who dropped it.

They finished practice with a two minute drill. Now at this point I had yet to see Etling complete a deep ball to a contested receiver all practice. Just like last last year, a ton of overthrown balls, often out of bounds. On the 2nd play of the 2min drill, he floats a beauty to Drake Davis who maybe had a one step lead on Tolliver. He catches it in stride and runs the final 20 yards for a touchdown.

Thats all I got.




philly444
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It'll never be ready in time


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cajunduby
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re: Got to watch practice today
Awesome post!


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shinerfan
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I'm really excited to see Drake Davis.


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re: Got to watch practice today
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Today, the second the play ended (sometimes even before) a grad assistant immediately places a ball down and the offense is required to immediately get set.

In other words, they're practicing the hurry up at a faster temp then the game actually allows.



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LesnarF5
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re: Got to watch practice today
Thought Davis could've played more last year. He'll be a beast this year...


jaguar fan
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re: Got to watch practice today
Drake will not get playing time over Gage. He may get playing time but only limited


schwartzy
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I wish I sat by you today man


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ImayGoLesMiles
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re: Got to watch practice today
I disagree. There's no way you start russell gage over drake davis. He will be playing more snaps and possibly starting by midseason. Book it. The dude is a fricking freak man. He's making plays all over the place this spring and it's against the lsu defense and dbu. He's a better player than gage. I see gage as a possession reciever while drake davis is an everydown wideout. I could be wrong but I doubt it.
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rstamp1
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re: Got to watch practice today
Gage is the slot guy. Davis is an outside WR. Both will be on the field the majority of snaps.


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jaguar fan
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Lets agree to disagree on this


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saturncube21
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re: Got to watch practice today
Thanks for posting..


GermantownTiger
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re: Got to watch practice today
So another year of awful qb play


Bayou
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re: Got to watch practice today
It's disappointing to read about all the overthrown balls still being tossed by Danny Boy. However, overthrown and outta bounds is an awful lot better than underthrown.
Thanks for the post.


SoloTiger
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re: Got to watch practice today
From the clips I've seen of Canada working with qb's he is not a fan of the over thrown ball at all. He wants QB's to put air under the ball and to "give the best receivers in college football a chance".

I too would take a jump ball over an overthrow in most situations.


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Space Cowboy
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re: Got to watch practice today
Who was the quarterback or quarterbacks for the twos? Did anyone other than Etling get to quarterback the ones?


geauxtigahs87
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re: Got to watch practice today
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Who was the quarterback or quarterbacks for the twos?

McMillan
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Did anyone other than Etling get to quarterback the ones?

Don't think so. But seeing that guys like Davis and Anderson are your #3 and #4 receivers right now, I didn't notice that much of a drop off with what McMillan had to work with.

Chark is clearly your #1, obviously, and I don't remember Gage doing much yesterday.


Space Cowboy
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re: Got to watch practice today
Well, thanks for the response. I have one more question for you, when did Narcisse get to play? And I assume that Lindsey Scott also got a few reps at around the same time.


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re: Got to watch practice today
Drake Davis, Chark, and Derrick Dillon ran with the 1s on offense. Dee Anderson, Russel Gage, and Manny netherly, who made some nice plays, were in the second group.

DBs were interesting. When in the nickel, savion and Tolliver were out wide, with grant delpit at one safety spot and Paris/Battle were rotating at the other safety spot. Tons of blitzes from donte off the edge


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