Coach Dodge had a few words to say when watching his receivers run their routes. “Eyes away, eyes away and spot,” Dodge said. He was making sure the WRs did not give away their route and turn at the spot where the ball should arrive.
Making A Stand
Not sure if we’ve heard DeLoach in such a positive mood. His red-zone defense has stifled the offense and the defensive line is putting pressure on Vizza. They also got to see a bunch-formation on the goal line, which was exactly what DeLoach was hoping for. The defense read the play perfectly as they ran Mathis out of bounds.
Nine Feet Away
The offense was working on some goal line drills from the three-yard line. It was a good mix of runs and passes. On the running plays, OL coach, Spencer Leftwich, made sure the line was blocking correctly and the running backs were going through the right holes. “Go wide or turn it up inside,” Leftwich said.
The DeLoach Bunch
Defensive coordinator Gary DeLoach was spending a lot of time with the secondary earlier, mainly focusing how to guard against a bunch formation of three receivers. “I don’t want any excuses,” he said. “If you get bumped you’re going to have fight your way through it.” DeLoach seemed to like how they were reacting, in particular he was giving praise to Antoine Bush.
For the most part practice has been pretty light with a majority of the big-hitting coming earlier this morning. Now time for some punting and the “Truman Show”.
A very overlooked part of the special teams play is the onside kick. With so little time to practice, much of the art of onside kicking is overlooked. Right now with pretty much the entire field being used by the offense and defense, the kickers have been relegated to small sliver of the Fouts turf. They are using their time wisely though working on the onside kick, trying to see what gets the best bounce on the turf. One thing is for sure, Truman Spencer should never be on the receiving end of one.
Back for more
It’s the second practice of a rainy day in Denton. Conditions aren’t nearly as wet as they were this morning so it should make for some more big hits. Updates begin once stretching is done.
The play of this morning’s practice goes to wide receiver Roderick Johnson. He got behind the defense on a deep post and Giovanni Vizza nailed him in stride for a TD. We will present our official POD winner on Wednesday, but for now the wide receivers are taking home a lot of the hardware during the fall camp.
Stick of the Day
He was candidate for our POD a few days ago but walk-on cornerback Justin Flowers continues to make a name for himself. Late in the practice he came on a blitz off the edge and QB Nathan Tune never saw him. Flowers drilled Tune on the blindside (Flowers 151 lbs, Tune 203 lbs) and took him down to the saturated field.
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This is the final week for the freshman to make an impression on the coaches and we would have to say there are quite a few doing that. On consecutive series the Mean Green secondary consisted of four true freshman, a freshman linebacker, and a freshman defensive tackle. Is Alan Thicke available for coaching?
It has been all defense in the early part of the team drills. Craig Robertson must love rainy weather because his game has been strong today. The North Texas offense, through the first four series was first-down less until Roderick Johnson just made an impressive grab on the edge to move the sticks.
Defense Shining Early
A little bit of situational drills going on. The offense began a series at 3rd and one. On the first play, Craig Robertson met Micah Mosley in the backfield for a loss of two yards. One play later, Kylie Hill read a sweep to the outside and met head on with Mosley for another loss of yards. Antoine Bush then batted away a pass from Sam Roberson. Robertson ended the series with a sack on Vizza. We can’t quite see DeLoach’s face from here but he just might be smiling a little.
Who wants Pancho’s
As much as we like to raise the flag ourselves the poncho’s are a hot item today for everyone in the rain. We took note of who’s wearing a poncho and who isn’t. About 95 percent of the training staff, coach Carlton Buckels and Spencer Leftwich. Those who aren’t, the entire equipment room staff. Kudos to Mike Gallup for leading the way. And for the record the entire blog staff is poncho-less.
In the face
When you’re dinged up or being held out of practice, there’s nothing worse than having to watch when the hitting begins. Except when it’s raining and you have to do sit-ups. We won’t single them out by name but that group looks like the only one right now not having any fun.
A lively group
Who would have thought that all it took was a little water to put the spring back into the step of the Mean Green. Late in the fall camp everyone would agree it’s difficult to keep the energy, but North Texas has quite a spring in its step today. Another player with a little excitement is Draylen Ross who is back on the practice field this morning after missing a few days last week.
Give Me 10
Despite some rain and wet balls, secondary coach Carlton Buckels is making no excuses for his guys dropping balls in drills. Throwing line drives right at his men, Buckels was making each guy give him 10 pushups for every dropped ball. There were at least four members of the secondary who succumbed to becoming closer with the turf.
A “Heady” Play
We just had our first big pop of the day. In 1-on-1 drills along the goaline, LBs Tobe Nwigwe and Craig Robertson were facing each other. Nwigwe was acting as the ball carrier and Robertson was trying to stop him. When the two collided, something flew up in the air. It wasn’t the ball, but Craig Roberton’s helmet.
Fire this up first.....Of course the rain makes this all possible but QB Riley Dodge was warming up with the receivers and the ball slipped right out of hand in the follow through. One person not affected by the rain is Casey Fitzgerald who I don’t think knows how to drop a ball. Craig Robertson must also be a fan of the wet weather because he just lost his helmet in one-on-one drills with his fellow linebackers. This kind of weather certainly livens things up in the final week of fall camp.
I’m not Troy Dungan (our favorite weatherman) but just by looking outside and at the radar it’s going to raining in Denton for a long time. It hasn’t stopped the Mean Green however. Drills are underway. This has gotta be a day for the lineman with this weather.
The final countdown
It's the start of the final three days of the North Texas fall camp. It has been an active camp with a lot of story lines and we expect the final three days to do the same. Rain has forced us back to the friendly confines of Fouts Field for the morning. The updates begin momentarily through the drops.
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Dodge Days Part V
Dodge Days Part IV
Dodge Days Part III
Dodge Days Part II
Dodge Days Part I