Practice structure altered to allow all players to practice together.
Aug. 4, 2007
By Lauren Brownlow
Today's practice was about 45 minutes shorter than yesterday's practice and the freshmen were integrated in with the rest of the team instead of the "Rams" and "Heels" portions of practice. Yesterday, freshmen went through a full practice of individual and 7-on-7 work and then integrated with the rest of the team.
Scott Lenahan noticed the change in attitude: "Having the older guys come out afterwards, the coaches have already been out there for awhile in the heat, and the freshmen were kind of dead after they had already run their individual periods. So there was a lot more energy and everybody was just bouncing around and flying around. It was a lot better than the beginning of yesterday's practice."
Kyndraus Guy, back in a football jersey for the first time since last season after suffering a knee injury, played at defensive end today in practice, a move that Coach Davis attributed partly to easing him back into practice and partly to seeing how he does there. "I'm equipped - we all, the whole defensive line, is training to play every position. So whatever I've got to do to put us in a winning position, it doesn't matter. I'll be a cheerleader with pom-poms in my hands if that's what it takes," Guy said.
Trimane Goddard, also coming back from injury, has been tallying quite a few "participation" points on defense, which is any big-play opportunity that a defensive player either makes or is in position to make. Coach Davis said Goddard has a nose for the ball and manages about 6-10 per practice, setting a great example in his role as one of the experienced leaders on the team. "I was very pleased with Trimane Goddard. Trimane is really starting to get a great grasp of the secondary concepts and all the calls that he's going to be trying to make," Coach Davis said.
Brandon Tate, Charles Brown, Greg Little, and Kendric Burney all saw time returning punts during the special teams portion of practice. New special teams coordinator John Lovett has tightened that practice period, and it's more organized than it has been in past seasons.
The LED boards on the Kenan Stadium facades are almost fully operational. The crews installing them have been working long hours, including staying at Kenan until past 8 p.m. on Friday night to try and complete the project.
Kentwan Balmer's outgoing personality has always made him a favorite of his teammates. As a senior this year, he's starting to elevate himself to leadership status. During the water break that followed Saturday's perfect plays segment, Balmer approached tackle Garrett Reynolds. "Looking great, man," Balmer said. "Remember, we want to play every play like it's our last one. Every single play."