August 12, 2011
Practice Rewind: Day 5
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Today was the first day in full pads for OSU, but there still wasn't much popping of the pads. A lot of spectators were on hand and at one point they came off the cement sidelines all the way across one practice field to watch team drills. There seems to still be a lot of interest from Beaver Nation, even following the disappointing season last year.
Punt coverage was the emphasis on special teams. Johnny Hekker was a bit inconsistent today, but when he gets a hold of one man does it go. Gunners were Brandon Hardin and Keynan Parker, backed up by Obum Gwacham and Naji Patrick.
After reaching an agreement with the courts, d-tackle Castro Masaniai was in attendance, but not dressed down. Good to see the big guy back with the team.
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I figured since the guys were in full pads we might have gotten some live action, but for the most part it was the same as any other day. There was a heavy emphasis on blitz pick-up in 1-on-1's and the 'backs held their own
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