FRIDAY, AUGUST 24, 2012
Plenty to work on in final scrimmage
With several position battles having worked themselves out during camp, the JU football team will focus on detail in Saturday’s final scrimmage at D.B. Milne Field (10 a.m.).
“We’re prepping for Georgia Southern so we’ll go through live action,’’ coach Kerwin Bell said Friday. “Other than that, we’re getting a jump start going into next week.’’
The team is expected to run several series of plays then turn its attention to dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s with work on sideline adjustments and other technical points “that you would make during a game,’’ Bell said.
Also as the day unfolds players competing for positions not yet settled will be under the microscope including at quarterback where Bell’s son, Kade, Trevius Folston and Steven Hughes are slugging it out.
Kerwin Bell said he has re-adjusted his timetable for selecting the starter for next Saturday’s opener at Georgia Southern.
“I thought we’d make a decision by Sunday but we may keep it a surprise for Georgia Southern,’’ Bell said. “We may decide it may take a couple of guys and go look at a couple. Right now I’m thinking we won’t make a decision until maybe game day.’’
Bell added that practice next week will have something to do with who gets the nod.
“We’ll see how practice goes, we’ll work a couple of guys we feel good about and decide later in the week,’’ he said. “As I’ve gone through the film the last couple of days, I feel two guys really know the system well and are above ever body else so now we’re going to see if we want to go with one of those guys or go to battle with two.’’
The scrimmage signals the end to this year’s training camp and one of the winners emerging is offensive lineman Kevin Battle (Orlando, Fla.), a redshirt freshman, who appears to have won a starting job at right guard.
“I think you work hard and the best man will get the position,’’ he said. “We come out and practice our butts off and it pays off in the long run and we’ll need that against Georgia Southern. Camp has been a lot of hard work. Last year I started in the back and watched some good guys, go through the motions and it’s my year.’’
For the older players like senior running back Keith Dawson, the end of camp means the end of the grind of physical practices, sometimes twice a day.
“It’s all mental now, that’s what I’ve been telling these boys,’’ he said. “It’s all mental and we’re ready to get the season going.’’