Wednesday Practice Report
The first day of two-a-days with the early session starting at 8:30 a.m. and the evening session at 6:30 p.m.

The Big Picture: As promised, the coaching staff is increasing the tempo of the practices as camp nears the midway point. Practice intensity hasn’t waned and the excitement level for the first game at The Citadel is taking off as a bit of chatter of that game could be heard in the morning session. The team’s first scrimmage is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Fleming Island High School.

The Highlights: DL Charles Dowdy and DB Andre Addison each blocked FG attempts early. Addison said he had a clean shot and the ball caught him on his inner forearm … QBs and receivers continue to click including a spectacular one-handed catch by TE Quintin Davis from Josh McGregor in the morning session … an inadvertent collision between RB Hank Farmer and LB Blythe Weaver in the shoulder pad and helmet morning session brought roars from teammates. … in the evening session, P Garrett Mohr continued to show good leg strength … the offense scored in its first two attempts in goal line work … Dowdy continued his big plays as he knocked down a pass at the line of scrimmage to record the defense’s first stop.

From The Players: C Kevin Halverson on the life of an offensive lineman the first time two-a-days come around: “Of course it’s going to be taxing on the body. You get banged up and you be bumps and bruises and all that. As long as we get in there and eat and get rehydrated, I’ve always been a firm believer in what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. So, we can get out here, get another good practice in, it will just make us a lot better in the future and for when we start our games.’’ On the heat in two-a-days: “We probably sweat out gallons of water every practice, but you’ve just got to get through it. Halverson is listed at 275 pounds.

From The Coaches: Offensive line coach Andy McLeod on where his unit is: “We’ve got an experienced group coming back and the experienced guys are really showing they understand the tempo and physicality we are looking for. With our young group right now, we have no sophomores on our unit, so I’ve got nine guys who are in their third or fourth camp and nine guys that are in their first camp. It’s a matter of getting the young guys to follow the lead of the older guys and pick up the system. We have so much experience we put it in very fast for these young guys so where it’s taken the older guys two or three years to pick up everything that we’ve got in and built to this point, we’re asking those young guys to get to that point in what is now six days.’’ On the gap between veterans and new players: “There certainly is a considerable gap between the two, but most of that is knowledge based. This young group has a lot of skills and probably is the most talented group I’ve ever had as freshmen. The thing about freshmen are they’re freshmen. They’ve got to get into to it, they’ve got to see reps so they can start playing the game instead of thinking about the game.’’