Practice # 12

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Practice # 12

Post by mpwerrell » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:07 pm

I have been to most of the practices this spring and, before I get to today's session, here are some general observations about past practices.
1. Offense practiced a goal line formation that had three in the backfield behind the QB in an I formation. #53 Mickey Henry, # 21 Owen Tyler, and #10 Andre Robinson. At times Tyler would motion left or right just before the snap. Looked like a power run formation but they passed out of it about half the time.
2. Last Thursday they were practicing a hail mary formation. Pitts and Darien lined up outside, one going deep in the end zone, and one short with the H-back at the goal line for tipped balls. They also practiced a 10 yard pass to the tight end who then pitched to the running back following the play.
3. Ambrose spend periods of practice working on QB mechanics and you will find him huddled with the QBs when the special teams are practicing.

Saturday
1. Incoming freshman QB Cade Pribula was in attendance and spent time with the QBs during the times mentioned in #3 above.
2. For the second time this spring we saw some 3-4. Buchanan, Nickles, Palmer, and Mauro at linebackers.
3, I did not see Colby Reeder practice or on the sideline today.
4. As Ric said previously in the practice 11 thread, the OL is banged up. Ezeuzoh in a boot, Lutz on the sideline but not dressed, Robinson dressed but limited wearing a green jersey, and Nachtman in a knee brace (thigh to calf), and using crutches.
5. Tenn Hens favorite player safety Joey Carter is no longer in a knee brace but is not practicing. CB Brian Dennis is in a brace but no longer on crutches.
6. They used several combination on the OL, Rocco calling for the 1's, 1a's, and 2's. The OL actually looked pretty good. Also on the bright side players like Lynch, Gilmore, and Henry are getting a lot of reps.
7. It was a very spirited session today with a few skirmishes between OL and DL, one in particular was between Covatto and Cathers. No coaches had to physically break them up just yells to "Walk away".
8. Henderson continues to run with the 2's but looks scary good when running the ball. Kehoe is throwing accurately and with confidence.
9. I hope Darien's move to WR is permanent. He is a very fluid receiver with really good hands. He made a spectacular one handed catch in the corner of the end zone. Pitts made a great TD catch in the same corner albeit with two hands. I am much more optimistic about the wideouts.

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Re: Practice # 12

Post by Henzone » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:34 pm

You're giving away too many team secrets. Next time submit the redacted version. :lol:

Good report. We needed some fresh thoughts.
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Re: Practice # 12

Post by Jaxhen » Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:48 pm

Thanks for the practice report. How does the secondary look? Is Riah Burton playing CB?

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Re: Practice # 12

Post by jd of de » Sat Apr 13, 2019 6:57 pm

mpwerrell wrote:I have been to most of the practices this spring and, before I get to today's session, here are some general observations about past practices.
1. Offense practiced a goal line formation that had three in the backfield behind the QB in an I formation. #53 Mickey Henry, # 21 Owen Tyler, and #10 Andre Robinson. At times Tyler would motion left or right just before the snap. Looked like a power run formation but they passed out of it about half the time.
2. Last Thursday they were practicing a hail mary formation. Pitts and Darien lined up outside, one going deep in the end zone, and one short with the H-back at the goal line for tipped balls. They also practiced a 10 yard pass to the tight end who then pitched to the running back following the play.

3. Ambrose spend periods of practice working on QB mechanics and you will find him huddled with the QBs when the special teams are practicing.

Saturday
1. Incoming freshman QB Cade Pribula was in attendance and spent time with the QBs during the times mentioned in #3 above.
2. For the second time this spring we saw some 3-4. Buchanan, Nickles, Palmer, and Mauro at linebackers.
3, I did not see Colby Reeder practice or on the sideline today.
4. As Ric said previously in the practice 11 thread, the OL is banged up. Ezeuzoh in a boot, Lutz on the sideline but not dressed, Robinson dressed but limited wearing a green jersey, and Nachtman in a knee brace (thigh to calf), and using crutches.
5. Tenn Hens favorite player safety Joey Carter is no longer in a knee brace but is not practicing. CB Brian Dennis is in a brace but no longer on crutches.
6. They used several combination on the OL, Rocco calling for the 1's, 1a's, and 2's. The OL actually looked pretty good. Also on the bright side players like Lynch, Gilmore, and Henry are getting a lot of reps.

7. It was a very spirited session today with a few skirmishes between OL and DL, one in particular was between Covatto and Cathers. No coaches had to physically break them up just yells to "Walk away".
8. Henderson continues to run with the 2's but looks scary good when running the ball. Kehoe is throwing accurately and with confidence.
9. I hope Darien's move to WR is permanent. He is a very fluid receiver with really good hands. He made a spectacular one handed catch in the corner of the end zone. Pitts made a great TD catch in the same corner albeit with two hands. I am much more optimistic about the wideouts.
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Re: Practice # 12

Post by 72 Hen » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:38 pm

Regarding the walking wounded........ Nick Rappone once told me that at this time of spring practice everyone is hurting. There is a big difference between a serious injury and some preventative measures. Let's get them all healthy for August. It's not unusual to have about a dozen players not participating in the spring game.
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Re: Practice # 12

Post by Henzone » Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:46 am

Jaxhen wrote:Thanks for the practice report. How does the secondary look? Is Riah Burton playing CB?
Secondary looks solid. Riah is backup CB at present. Certainly could compete with Henley for the starting spot this preseason.
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Re: Practice # 12

Post by dovetail » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:40 am

72 Hen wrote:Regarding the walking wounded........ Nick Rappone once told me that at this time of spring practice everyone is hurting. There is a big difference between a serious injury and some preventative measures. Let's get them all healthy for August. It's not unusual to have about a dozen players not participating in the spring game.
I'm a little worried about Colby. He had back problems toward the end of last season and I hope he is being held out as a preventative measure. Bad backs and football are not a good combination.
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Re: Practice # 12

Post by joe c » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:55 am

Henzone wrote:
Jaxhen wrote:Thanks for the practice report. How does the secondary look? Is Riah Burton playing CB?
Secondary looks solid. Riah is backup CB at present. Certainly could compete with Henley for the starting spot this preseason.
Pressure will be the key to helping an inexperienced secondary and backer group...We have not as of yet shown this ability...It will be extremely important to add this defensive aptitude to our game....

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Re: Practice # 12

Post by HenZoneNation » Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:54 pm

dovetail wrote:
72 Hen wrote:Regarding the walking wounded........ Nick Rappone once told me that at this time of spring practice everyone is hurting. There is a big difference between a serious injury and some preventative measures. Let's get them all healthy for August. It's not unusual to have about a dozen players not participating in the spring game.
I'm a little worried about Colby. He had back problems toward the end of last season and I hope he is being held out as a preventative measure. Bad backs and football are not a good combination.
I agree 100% with you. Backs are no joke and this has been a long standing injury. the hope it's precautionary measures but if he is as limited as he was last year we are in serious trouble and now that I'm hearing the OL is beat up...

I gotta be honest, even with a healthy Reeder, this is a 7 win team tops. I am very underwhelmed by this staff and what they think is enough to make us a championship contender. We didn't hire Rocco to eek into the playoffs every other year, and after last season and seeing that we have not changed our QB situation in terms of #1's and #2's and the lack of transfer talent to replace the NFL level one's we lost I'm actually skipping the Spring Game this year for the first time in 12 years. I know people have jumped down my throat since I started on the Dave Brock hire, but unfortunately I've been right way more than wrong. This is a young team that lacks experience and talent in some very key areas. I don't want to hear that it's rude or classes to comment on that...that's what message boards are for. Last year we completed 49% of our passes. Don't tell me about knee injuries. The NDSU game was one of the worst performances (and it was against and FCS school mind you and since we should expect to be at that level...) I have ever seen. People jump on Joe Walker as a QB...and rightfully so, but Joe Walker did not have the benefit of a Healthy Vinny Papale nor did he have the option to throw to...Joe Walker. Kehoe is a great kid and much like Donnelly he's a serviceable back up...but don't kid yourself, our QB play was a HUGE reason why we an average team last year in spite of our talent. My confidence in this HC dwindles by the day.

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Re: Practice # 12

Post by 77HEN » Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:02 pm

Anyone view Practice #13 yesterday, any comments?

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Re: Practice # 12

Post by jd of de » Thu Apr 18, 2019 3:07 am

77HEN wrote:Anyone view Practice #13 yesterday, any comments?
sunny and windy :D :D

They installed some trick plays, which I won't discuss. More a overall spring observation, on offense, we operate faster both pre-snap and post-snap. Run or pass, slow developing plays have left our arsenal. Tuesday, Fredrick continued to show a lot of progress and again #7 showed he has Beckham hand. Pitts had a good day as well.

A mix of 3 down and 4 down looks on defense. Toro and Hall are 2 names to learn as well.

Buck Jones and Justin Watson both present and coaching up their old teammates. Hyping them up as well :D :D Buck is Buck; love that young man.

Roth looks like he's comfortable as the FG kicker now.

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Re: Practice # 12

Post by joe c » Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:34 am

JD, Our best trick play is one word.....Henderson....He wont be a secret for long brother

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Re: Practice # 12

Post by HENJOHN » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:08 am

JOE- Lets get a "Smyrna Backfield Connection' going this summer!!

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Re: Practice # 12

Post by joe c » Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:11 am

So let it be written, so let it be done!!!!!!!!!!!!

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