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08-14-2011, 07:03 PM
Training Camp Practice Report – 8/14

August 14, 2011 - Bob Gretz |

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From St. Joseph, Missouri

The football season has officially started here at Missouri Western State University. Todd Haley saw to that with Sunday afternoon’s practice.

On a warm, sunny day it wasn’t Mother Nature who turned up the heat. It was the Chiefs head coach who tinkered with the thermostat, as the team went through its first practice of training camp wearing pads for the entire session.

It was active, it was physical and Haley even called for a single play of full contact football. The offense had the ball 4th-and-Goal at the 1-yard line and had to put it in the end zone. The pads were cracking as RB Thomas Jones took the handoff from QB Matt Cassel and appeared to be stopped short of the goal line. Jones’ second effort seemed to push him across but special teams coach Steve Hoffman was the official and he ruled no touchdown.

“That was fun out there,” said NT Kelly Gregg after practice. “Hey, it’s Sunday, what else would you rather be doing that cracking the pads and playing tackle football.”

Especially physical were the offensive linemen. As part of the hangover for a dreadful performance in the pre-season opener, the line was hitting everything Sunday – blocking sleds, bags, dummies, each other and guys on the defense. There was no question the intensity level was up for the big guys.

At the start of practice, all 88 players were dressed in full pads and taking part. After about 60 minutes, that number fell by three as the increased intensity led to several injuries. NT Anthony Toribio went down in the individual position segment with what appeared to be a left knee injury. DL Amon Gordon walked away from the practice and to the rehab area with an unknown injury. OLB Eric Bakhtiari appeared to suffer a head injury in the 9-on-7 running drill when he stood his ground and took on a big block from TE Jake O’Connell. Bakhtiari left the field with trainer Dave Price and was taken by cart to the locker room.

Here are some other observations from Sunday’s practice:

– Here is how the offensive line groups broke down for the practice, listed from left to right:
•First line – Branden Albert, Ryan Lilja, Casey Wiegmann, Jon Asamoah, Barry Richardson.
•Second line – Jared Gaither, Darryl Harris, Rodney Hudson, Bobby Greenwood, Ryan O’Callaghan.
•Third line – David Mims, Lucas Patterson, Mike Ingersoll, Chris Harr, Butch Lewis.

Later in practice, O’Callaghan was working at RG in place of Greenwood, with Lewis moving up to RT.

– Recently signed OT Jared Gaither took part in his first practice on Sunday, working with the second-team offensive line at left tackle. Gaither appeared in good shape, looking very lean while wearing No. 71. He looked more like a basketball player than a football player. Gaither showed good foot speed on several moments when he was in pass protection.

– WR turned CB Quinten Lawrence continued his hot camp on Sunday when he picked off a pass by QB Ricky Stanzi and took it back for a TD. Lawrence has been a revelation at the position, showing more promise in one practice than he did in two years at wide receiver.

– In another drill scheduled by Haley to increase the intensity level in Sunday’s practice, the wide receivers worked on blocking for the running game against the defensive backs. There was some good action as the little guys got physical trying to throw each other around.

– Here’s how three units of linebackers broke down:
•First group – Andy Studebaker, Jovan Belcher, Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali.
•Second group – Cameron Sheffield, Demorrio Williams, Justin Cole, Pierre Walters.
•Third group – Justin Houston, Brandon Siler, Cory Greenwood, Eric Bakhtiari/Gabe Miller.

– The No. 1 sub-defense against the pass on Sunday had Allen Bailey and Wallace Gilberry upfront, LBs Cameron Sheffield, Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali, CBs Brandon Flowers, Brandon Carr and Javier Arenas and at safety were Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis and Jon McGraw.

– The No. 1 punt team in front of Dustin Colquitt had WR Verran Tucker and DB Donald Washington as the outside flyers. CB Javier Arenas was the personal protector calling the signals for LS Thomas Gafford. The blocking group from left to right was RB Jackie Battle, OLB Andy Studebaker, ILB Jovan Belcher, Gafford, ILB Demorrio Williams, TE Jake O’Connell and S Reshard Langford.

08-14-2011, 07:07 PM
Good to hear Lawrence is doing well. I hope his game against TB was a fluke.

Hammock Parties
08-14-2011, 07:09 PM
So Gaither is practicing already. That's good news.

08-14-2011, 07:13 PM
Good to hear Lawrence is doing well. I hope his game against TB was a fluke.

He was only practicing... /Toby - The Office

08-14-2011, 07:17 PM
So Gaither is practicing already. That's good news.

Read the stuff posted by O.city.

08-14-2011, 07:29 PM
Damn they have a butt load of LB's finally.

Let's hope they find some gem's and keep the right ones.