THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011
Countdown to The Citadel: 22 days
Thursday practice report: Another heat-filled session (the temperature was 97 when practice began) as the team starts gearing up for its first scrimmage. Friday will be a two practice day and the scrimmage is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Fleming Island High School.

The Big Picture: Camp atmosphere is really in business mode. Although it’s by no means quiet, there is a lot less yelling by coaches who are spending quite a bit of time pointing things out as they happen. Once again, it’s not a library out there. Before the session started, head coach Kerwin Bell exhorted his troops to “raise the level’’ and it appears they are.

The Highlights: Sophomore DL Luidji Michel was very crisp as he went through his paces in individual drills. He mowed down the DLs set of dummies with ease … Senior DB Darren Johnson had a nice interception he probably would have returned for a TD … DB Leonard Smith broke through on a blitz and under game conditions would have hammered the quarterback. QBs aren’t hit in practice … RB J.J. Laster’s one-handed catch on a pass over the middle from Trevius Folston was something to see … WR Dorian Guy slipped behind the secondary to catch a long pass from Folston.

From The Players: WR Dorian Guy and LB Montaque Mack have a message for fans: “We just do it … we don’t think about it.’’

From The Coaches: Receivers coach Ernie Mills (yes, that Ernie Mills) on the status of his unit: “Overall, I’m pleased with the young guys, they’re learning. They’re a little confused right now, but I’m really pleased with their talent. I like the way the veterans are working hard right now. There are a lot of seniors in this receiving corps and they’re all working really hard. I feel good about this group – they could be really special.’’ On his No. 1 receiver: “I would say yes, (Josh Philpart) clearly is the number one guy but Larry Thompson has come along huge and one of the biggest surprises for me has been Tommie Rogers coming back off his ACL tear from last year and he hasn’t lost any of his speed. He’s starting to smile again.’’ On promising newcomers: “Yeovanti Williams has got good speed and size and the surprise for me has been his hands. He’s catching everything in sight. D’Andre Randle is showing a lot of good things and Kendryk Boyd is doing a lot of good things.’’