August 10, 2012

Inside The Huddle: Summer practice on the move

Today the Black Knights are back on the field as the team is ready to put on the shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts). Of course, this will allow for the staff to see a little bit more during this session.

This is where Ellerson and his crew will begin to see some of the one on one competition pick up, as the defensive backs will go head-to-head with the receivers, along with other in the pit battles.

Speaking of receivers, this remains one of the areas that will be a work in progress through summer camp. Running with the ones' presently are E.J. Tucker or Patrick Laird on one side and converted slotback, Malcolm Brown holding down the other spot.

When it comes to Brown, the idea is to get him touches, while minimizing the physicality that often endured as a slotback in the triple option offense.

Also in the mix is Patrick Laird, as well as Chevaughn Lawrence, who probably has all the physical tools, but is still on the outside looking in if you will. For the 6-foot-3, 195 pound sophomore receiver to be firmly in the mix, he is going to have to continue to mature as a ball player. One area that seems to be haunting the physically gifted Lawrence is his inability to hold unto the ball.

Staying with the offense, another newcomer to keep an eye on is fullback Matt Giachinta.

Defensive tackle Mike Ugenyi continues to impress and pick up where he left off this spring where he has made huge leaps and bounds from where he was when he came in as a plebe. He had a great developmental spring after football was over relative to lifting and now jumping into summer camp.

Although it had only been shorts and t-shirts thus far, there are a few frosh that have looked solid are cornerback Chris Carnegie. The athletic cornerback looks great out there and could find himself playing pretty quickly.

Also you have defensive back Alex Meier, who along with defensive linemen Dalton Mendenhall, Jonas Niusulu and Kyle Fleming have looked good after two days of practice.

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