Football preseason camp: Day 2

Aug. 9, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphin offense and defense lined up against each other for the first time as Day Two featured 105 degree ratings on the heat index. After stretching and going through positional coaching drills, the squad lined up for punt formation as four freshmen showed off their legs with six attempts each. After a short break, the offense and defense battled in team competition for a majority of the afternoon until everyone lined up for conditioning. The squad will continue to practice in shorts and helmets until Saturday, Aug. 12. The following is some highlights and quotes from Day 2:

Punt team: The punting position opened for all parties involved as freshman Chris Smith (Winter Haven, Fla.), Donovan Curry (Gainesville, Fla.), Brett Buxbaum (Orlando, Fla.) and Joseph Recktenwald (Deland, Fla.) each attempted six punts. Smith finished with the highest average (38.8 yds/punt) while also booting a session-long 45 yards on his second attempt. Recktenwald was second (35.3 yds/punt) and added a high kick of 42 yards in his second attempt. Curry was third (33.2 yds/punt) with a boot of 36 yards in his final attempt. Buxbaum had an average of 28.5 yards per kick and also finished strong with a long of 38 yards in his final attempt.

Team Competition (O vs. D - first touch): FIRST ROUND: Junior Chris Horton completed an 11 yard pass to sophomore receiver Geavon Tribble and a 15-yard screen pass to senior running back Bryan Gamble...there was one fumbled snap in the round...sophomore running back Cecil Coltrane scampered for eight yards. SECOND ROUND: Sophomore linebacker Dane Weathers intercepted a pass attempt by junior Jason Hohensee and returned it for a touchdown. THIRD ROUND: Freshman defensive lineman Raymond Gault had a quarterback pressure and freshman defensive lineman Aaron Frye recovered a fumble. FOURTH ROUND: Junior defensive end Mirco Zanella broke up a screen pass by Horton...junior receiver Nate Conner had a three step advantage on a fly pattern but was overthrown by Horton.

Junior quarterback Chris Horton: "It feels great to come into camp without having to battle for a spot. Now I can focus my attention on making the team better. My goal is to surpass what I accomplished last year and lead the team to a winning season.

"It's nice to have a veteran presence on the offensive side of the ball this year because last year's defense knew all the plays that we were going to run. The offense will run a lot crisper in practice this year due to the experience we have running this system. I still think our defense has a lot of talent on their side of the ball and they are still going to give us problems even though they are young.

"Being in camp for three years has made things very easy for me. I don't have to try and remember little details because I know all the plays and I know what reads I need to make. Now I can concentrate on what the lineman and receivers are doing and I can make sure we are all where we need to be. I want us to make a great play on every snap."

Skeleton Session (7-on-7 - O vs. D): FIRST ROUND: Horton completed a 10-yard pass to junior receiver Michael Jenner...sophomore corner Robson Noel broke up two consecutive passes...junior linebacker Joey Rumph also deflected a pass. SECOND ROUND: Freshman corner Roderick Clark broke up a pass attempt by Hohensee...Hohensee responded with three consecutive completions (Chad Oubre, Sam Bell, Jenner). THIRD ROUND: Freshman quarterback Chad Belcher completed a 30-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Cameron Abdallah...freshman cornerback Glenn Goodrich intercepted a pass...freshman defensive back Roosevelt Marks broke up a pass. FOURTH ROUND: Horton completed two passes (Jenner and Anthony Catalano)...Rumph deflected a pass across the middle. FIFTH ROUND: Hohensee completed a 10-yard strike to freshman receiver Bryan Jackson and a seven-yard pass to Oubre. SIXTH ROUND: Marks picked off a deep pass in the end zone by freshman quarterback John Solak.

Senior corner Bryan Flowers: "The defense is looking really good in the first few days even though we have a lot of young guys running around. We are all flying around the ball and we are keeping a high tempo at all times. The coaches have made a bigger emphasis on creating turnovers and we did a good job of doing that today.

"Since I'm the only senior in the secondary, I have to take a bigger role by teaching the young guys after practice. I try to work with them as much as I can to try and show them the little things that I've learned over the years. I'm just trying to do my best to get everyone up to speed and confident to go out and make plays."

Team Competition Part 2 (O vs. D - first touch): FIRST ROUND: Senior defensive end Sean Heverin, junior defensive tackle Kiel Pierce and Zanella combined on a sack on Solak's first pass attempt...senior nose guard Ryan Young and Zanella also flushed Solak out of the pocket in his final attempt. SECOND/THIRD ROUND: The offense ran two plays after a fumbled snap and a short run. FOURTH ROUND: The defense held the offense to only one completion for 5 yards (freshman quarterback Chance Wilms to Oubre). FIFTH ROUND: Young made a tackle at the line of scrimmage.

The Dolphins will return to the practice field at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Key Dates:

August 12 - First practice in pads, 3:00 p.m.
August 17 - Media/Picture Day: 1 p.m. at Milne Field
August 18 - First scrimmage, 2:30 p.m.
August 21 - First day of classes
September 2 - First game vs. Gardner-Webb at 7:30 p.m.