August 11, 2006

Insider Report: Getting ready for full contact

For the second straight day the Seminole football team completed a practice in shoulder pads and shorts. For the second straight day there was a lot of hitting, a few big plays by the offense and defense, and even another minor scuffle between a few players.

It should get even more interesting on Saturday when the players don full pads for the first time, meaning full contact and tackling will be permitted.

"Today is our second day in shells and tomorrow we will get full pads on," head coach Bowden said. "Well when you get the full pads on you will find out a little bit more about them than we knew before about the new guys, the new faces. As you look at them in shorts for two days and shells for two days there is not much more we can learn about them but now we go into full pads so by doing that there will probably be some good surprises and some possible disappointments."

What hasn't been disappointing so far is the throwing of the quarterbacks and the catching by the wide receivers and tight ends. During Friday's 1-on-1 passing drill, Drew Weatherford and Christian Ponder hit on a high percentage of their pass attempts with touchdown passes going to De'Cody Fagg and Greg Carr. Fellow wide receivers Richard Goodman and Preston Parker also had long receptions.

In 7-on-7's, it was more than the same with all four scholarship quarterbacks completing well over 50 percent of their attempts. On the receiving end, Fagg made the longest reception hauling in a 40-yarder from the arm of Xavier Lee against double coverage. Damon McDaniel, Greg Carr, Caz Piurowski and Charlie Graham also turned in significant receptions.

With the receivers getting the upper hand in the passing drills, it isn't surprising that the defensive backs got in their two cents. After De'Cody Fagg caught a short pass, bounced off a couple defenders and continued to race down field, he received a rude reception as he walked back to the huddle from cornerback Korey Mangum. At the same time, fellow cornerback Michael Ray Garvin and Greg Carr got into it with a some post-whistle shoving. As was the case with the minor scuffles that broke out between the offensive and defensive lines on Thursday, the confrontations were not serious and both sides shook hands afterwards.

"We were just being competitive," Carr said. "It's just DBs and receivers going at it."

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