Football reaches midway point in spring practice

April 5, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - When looking for the one word that best sums up the first two weeks of spring practice for the JU football team, it is intense.

Intense in the amount of information the players have ingested. Intense in the amount of physicality involved. Intense in the way the coaches are "coaching them up."

"It's been two good weeks of practice," said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. "The guys are working hard and giving a lot of effort in practice, which what you want to see. We've put in a lot of stuff and expanded our packages, probably more than what we wanted, but they have picked everything up."

With Bell's new offensive system and defensive scheme hatched from defensive coordinator Ron McCrone, the players are still getting adjusted to their new roles.

"Our focus in the final two weeks this spring is to be more sure," Bell said. "I wanted us to be more clean in our plays - committing less errors than we have so far."

Some of the returnees have caught Bell's eye in the first two weeks. Offensive lineman Mike Aguilar has stepped up in the trenches. Receivers Nate Conner and Gaevon Tribble have done well, with linebackers Jarvis Williams and Allen Fennell improving too.

"Aguilar has really done a great job and has the chance to be a special player for us," Bell said. "Nate and Gaevon are two really good receivers and will be one of the highlights of the offense.

"On defense, Jarvis and Allen have really impressed me at linebacker. They are really starting to play well and continue to improve each day."

The Dolphins will take a three-day break for Easter, resuming the final two weeks of the spring schedule on Monday. The second scrimmage of the spring is scheduled for April 14 at 10 a.m., with the Green and White Spring Game set for April 21 at 10 a.m.