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UPDATED: 8/5 Practice Notes (8/6 Update on Page 4)
Had the pleasure of not only taking in practice this evening, but sitting next to somebody who I consider to know way more about football than I do.

Obviously have to start with the QBs. While Childers was first up yesterday, Santa was first up today. I would imagine they are just rotation guys on a daily basis, so I would guess Graham will be first up tomorrow.

Santa probably looked the best of the three today, but it wasn't by a wide margin. I don't think any of the three QBs were noticeably better than the other two.

Graham was super inaccurate in individual drills, but looked the most polish in 7 on 7 and team (as he should as the most experienced QB). Had a really nice throw to Beebe in team

Childers fumbled a read option as well as went the wrong way on a handoff with Huff, never a good sign. Didn't do anything noticeably bad with his arm, but didn't really do anything noticeably good either.

Santa, again, was probably the most consistent. Hit Saffold on a nice deep ball in 7 on 7. Also should have been picked by Juwan Johnson though.

So slight edge to Santa, but again, they were all really close. If that keeps up over the next few weeks, multiple QBs probably end up playing (woohoo!!)

JaJuan Wesley looks like super quick at WR

The grad transfer from Iowa, Jonathan Parker, is playing CB and was actually getting a decent amount of 2nd team reps.

I thought Joe Sanders looked really good coming off the ball today, but he drew the ire of Carey because he hit Graham's arm on a pass.

It shouldn't really be a surprise considering the QB situation as well as the fact NIU is a run heavy team, but that was an EXTREMELY run heavy practice. I would be willing to bet NIU may run the ball even more than they have in previous years.

This is where sitting next to people who know more about football than me came in handy, but the offensive line was working a ton on their base run players today. A lot of power runs and way less zone than last year. There also were some pretty cool new wrinkles they were building in for this season.

If you're looking for a freshman who will play right away, Dillon Thomas looks the part and had a pick at the end of practice today.

Highlight of the day was easily Rodney Hall hitting Dennis Robinson on a 60 year bomb during the freshmen part of practice. Couldn't have ran up and handed it to him any better. Wouldn't get too excited though, I'd be shocked if Hall doesn't redshirt. Still was nice to see, and it should help Dennis Robinson in possibly getting on the field this year.

RB depth chart looks like Huff followed by Jones and Mister.
WR depth chart looks like Blake, Beebe, Tears, Brown, Saffold, and Wesley

Overall, they looked, and the people I was sitting with said they've consistently looked good in camp. The offensive line in particular sounds like it is standing out. Good to hear, because with the QB situation they're going to be needed this year. The entire team seemed to be energetic and focused.
(This post was last modified: 08-06-2017 07:26 PM by 7.)
08-05-2017 06:24 PM
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RE: August 5th Practice Notes
Awesome, I've heard nothing but praise for the O-line, and like you said they are going to have to be the best part of our offense. Great notes, thank you!
08-05-2017 06:40 PM
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Awesome! Any sense who the starting LBs will be this year from the practice?
08-05-2017 06:42 PM
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(08-05-2017 06:42 PM)jjprender Wrote:  Awesome! Any sense who the starting LBs will be this year from the practice?

JJ, Pugh, and Bobby Jones

Trequon Smith was working with the 1s next to allen at safety too
08-05-2017 06:52 PM
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Well done 7.
Any Rowell sighting?
08-05-2017 06:59 PM
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I would be lying if I said I looked close enough to notice him or not lol
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Thanks for the update. If Graham is going to be the starter, he will have earned it. I truly believe that Carey will make his decision based on who gives him the best chance to win, even if it's Childers. Let's hope the competition continues to escalate; as bad as he looked passing wise against EMU, Santa has something that makes you think he looks the part; a lot of time left; hopefully someone surfaces as the clear choice.
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04-cheers Good notes.... Always like hearing about the freshman that are standing out. Not easy to do.
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Well done!
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(08-05-2017 07:03 PM)7 Wrote:  I would be lying if I said I looked close enough to notice him or not lol

Ha...Appreciate your honesty....
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