Football preseason camp: Day 5

Aug. 12, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With a heat index of 115 degrees, Day Five was laced with intensity and the crack of helmets as the Dolphins strapped things up for the first time in the preseason. The four freshmen kickers practiced kickoffs and attempted PAT's. After individual work, the Dolphins went through a "Hoot and Holla" session which put a one-on-one matchup at the line and in the secondary while a running back ran through a five-yard window. The receivers and defensive backs went into 7-on-7 drills before the offense and defense split off for inside competition between the linemen while the skill players went against each other through the air. In the last half of practice, both squads lined up for "1st and 10" before a live scrimmage and positional conditioning. Among the people hanging out on the sidelines were former tight end Anthony Campanella, fullback Steven Battle and linebacker Quincy Harp. The squad will go through its first two-a-day session tomorrow (8:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.). The following is some highlights and quotes from Day 4:

PAT/FG: Brett Buxbaum connected on all both of his PAT attempts and also went 1-for-2 from 25 yards. Donovan Curry hit 2-for-3 PAT's and connected on his lone attempt from 25 yards. Senior corner Bryan Flowers blocked three kicks during the session. Freshmen corners Glenn Goodrich and Roderick Clark also tallied blocks.

Skeleton Session (7-on-7 - O vs. D): FIRST ROUND: Junior quarterback Chris Horton went 3-for-3 with completions to sophomore fullback Jeremy Brown, freshman receiver Cameron Abdullah and junior receiver Michael Jenner. SECOND ROUND: Freshman quarterback John Solak was intercepted by sophomore strong safety Stephan Knight. THIRD ROUND: Freshman Chad Belcher went 1-for-4 with a completion to sophomore receiver Geavon Tribble. FOURTH ROUND: Freshman quarterback Chance Wilms went 2-for-3 with completions to Abdullah and Tribble. FIFTH ROUND: Solak completed 1-of-3 attempts with a strike to Jenner. SIXTH ROUND: Belcher went 2-for-3 with completions to Abdullah and freshman receiver Chad Oubre. SEVENTH ROUND: Horton went 2-for-2 with strikes to Jenner and freshman receiver Sam Bell.

Running backs coach Brian Ferguson: "I spent last season with the Jaguars as a strength coach and was previously with the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. I started my career at Clearwater before making my way to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"My philosophy in coaching the backs is five points of interest: Assignment, Alignment, Steps, Aim Point and Finish Runs. I concentrate on a lot of footwork and quickness drills, helping them recognize land marks and aiming points. Our backs are on the small side so we're working on a lot of one-step cuts and making reads at the line of scrimmage.

"The backs are having good competition so far with Jerry Brant, Cecil Coltrane and Bryan Gamble playing even right now for the top spot. Overall, we have a solid squad and I would like to find some reps for Ron Harris as a true freshman."

Inside (O-Line vs. D-Line) & 7-on-7: On the Inside side of the field, the defense made five stops at the line of scrimmage. Senior Bryan Gamble scored on two attempts. Senior Jerry Brant also broke one open for a touchdown. WR vs. DB - The defense kept the offense out of the endzone for the first time in camp. Junior quarterback Jason Hohensee finished 4- for-10. Freshman quarterback Ken Latessa was 4-for- 9 with a shoe-lace interception to sophomore safety Aaron Woods. Wilms went 4-for-8 during the session.

Junior tight end Charles Lusk: "The tight ends are doing pretty good right now. We have two freshmen that are catching on quickly and not struggling at all.

"I thought Anthony Campanella would be back for us this year after knee surgery but I have to seize this opportunity and run with it. He is a great guy to have around because he helps me out a lot, including today.

"I made a couple of catches in the final game last season and I made a lot of catches during the spring scrimmages. We are trying to incorporate the tight ends into the passing game so I want to make sure I'm ready when the time comes. It also helps to have Chris Horton as the quarterback this year. We've been able to get used to one guy during the offseason and we also have had a lot of one-on-one work with him as well."

"Having coach Andy McLeod as the tight end coach and line coach this year helps with the cohesiveness of the blocking assignments at the line. He will take the opportunity to work with us separately but it is definitely an advantage for the offense."

1st and 10 Thud (Offense vs. Defense): FIRST ROUND: Senior nose guard Ryan Young had a sack. Sophomore running back Cecil Coltrane had 15 yards on two carries. Freshman defensive lineman Aaron Frye made a stop at the line. SECOND ROUND: Junior defensive end Mirco Zanella made a stop at the line. Sophomore linebacker Tyler Thomas had a quarterback pressure. Gamble rushed for five yards. THIRD ROUND: Wilms completed a 10 yard screen pass to Brant. Freshman fullback Tony Roberts rushed for five yards. Freshman defensive lineman Raymond Gault and freshman linebacker Jared Brooks combined for a sack. FOURTH ROUND: Brant ripped off a 15- yard run. Belcher threw a perfect strike to Jenner for 15 yards after stepping up in the pocket. Freshman running back Anthony Catalano ran for 10 yards. FIFTH ROUND: Catalano chalked off another 10 yards.

Live Scrimmage (Offense vs. Defense): FIRST ROUND: Freshman running back Ron Harris was stopped for a two-yard loss with freshman linebacker Sean Crowley leading the charge. SECOND ROUND: Sophomore strong safety David Onorato made a nice stop behind the line. Freshman corner Roderick Clark broke up a pass by Solak. THIRD ROUND: Belcher rushed for 10 yards on the option. FOURTH ROUND: Brant maneuvered his way through the right side for a 40-yard touchdown. FIFTH ROUND: Wilms was intercepted by Onorato. SIXTH ROUND: Harris broke free for a 20-yard scamper through the left side. Horton chalked up 10 yards on the option.

The Dolphins will return to the practice field at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Key Dates:

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.