Football preseason camp: Day 6B

Aug. 13, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Following afternoon showers, Day Six ended with a cool evening and a shortened practice due to the impending darkness at the JU practice field. Starting off with position training, the offense and defensive lines went head-to-head while the wide receivers and corners did some 7-on-7 work. Following kickoff drills, the teams moved to live scrimmaging as the darkness began to set in. The squad will return to the field at 2:30 p.m. on Monday. The following is some highlights and quotes from Day 6B:

Inside (O vs. D)/7-on-7: On the inside, the offense and defense played fairly even (four touchdowns, three stops at the line) in 17 reps. Sophomore running back Cecil Coltrane had two consecutive touchdown runs. Senior Jerry Brant also finished with back-to-back scores. Senior linebacker Justin Sturdivant made a stop at the line. Junior defensive end Mirco Zanella and junior linebacker Joey Rumph combined for a stop. The offense also had a fumble on a handoff. In 7-on-7, freshman quarterback Ken Latessa finished 4-for-15 with three touchdowns (junior receiver Michael Jenner, freshman receiver Chad Oubre and freshman receiver Ricky Cantartesi) during the session. Jenner's touchdown was a perfectly run route that lost his defender. Freshman corners Roderick Clark and Glenn Goodrich each had a break up. Senior corner Bryan Flowers made a great deflection at the last second. Freshman quarterback John Solak went 5-for-16 with three touchdowns (senior receiver Edrian Rogers, freshman receiver A.J. Burgman and freshman receiver Cameron Abdullah). Sophomore safety Stephan Knight had a break up.

Team (Offense vs. Defense): FIRST ROUND: The session was cut short due to a fumbled snap. SECOND ROUND: Zanella broke up an attempted screen pass. Junior defensive tackle Kiel Pierce and sophomore linebacker Brett Bonds flushed freshman quarterback Chad Belcher out of the pocket for a sack. Bonds and freshman defensive end Sean Davis made a stop at the line. THIRD ROUND: Senior running back Bryan Gamble ran for seven yards. Senior defensive lineman Jason Greenwood forced a fumble at the line and sophomore linebacker Dane Weathers recovered. FOURTH ROUND: Junior quarterback Jason Hohensee looked sharp by completing a pair of 10-yard strikes to freshman receiver Bryan Jackson and Cantartesi. The session ended when freshman corner Jason Wood picked off a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. FIFTH ROUND: Junior defensive end Sean Heverin had a quarterback pressure. SIXTH ROUND: Brant rushed for 10 yards and could have kept going until he ran into his own blocker. Horton heaved an off-balance, 40-yard touchdown strike to freshman receiver Matthew Bryant while rolling to his left to avoid the blitz. Heverin had a tackle for loss. Freshman running back Anthony Catalano rushed for 12 yards. Gamble chalked out a 10-yard run.

1st and 10 Live (Offense vs. Defense): FIRST ROUND: The offense picked up a first down after a pair of runs by Brant and a run by Gamble. SECOND ROUND: The defense held after a no gain and a pass break up by Wood. THIRD ROUND: Gamble took his first rush 12 yards for a first down. FOURTH ROUND: Solak completed a 15-yard screen for a first down. FIFTH ROUND: The defense held after two short gains and an incomplete pass by Latessa. SIXTH ROUND: The defense held again after three incomplete passes by Horton and a false start penalty. SEVENTH ROUND: The offense picked up a first down on 3rd and 10 when Hohensee hooked up with freshman receiver Sam Bell for 10 yards. Sophomore linebacker Tyler Thomas made a stop on the line on second down.

Kicking/Punting coach Lt. David Hills: "I'm stationed over at Mayport and JU gave me the best opportunity to get a coaching job. I work from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the base and then make it to practice when I can. Right now I'm a ship driver but my job is Anti-Terrorism Force Protection for Commander U.S. Naval Forces South Command which checks all ships and planes traveling through the Caribbean and Central/South America.

"My philosophy with kickers is to treat it like a golf swing. I want them to have a smooth leg swing and snap the hips. I try to analyze their approach and hone their techniques as best I can. Basically, it's going to come down to who puts the ball through the uprights and who is the most accurate in the punting game.

"I'm really shocked at how well all four guys are doing thus far. They all have a good head on their shoulders, good technique and active legs. Everything is up in the air right now but each of these guys are freshmen and have great potential."

The Dolphins will return to the practice field at 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

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.