First drills dealt with special teams. We're going from the standard punt formation to the spread out front and 3 back blockers formation that a lot of teams are going to. I'm not particularly a fan because an all-out punt block D can easily overwhelm the back 3 if they get past the front......but I also noticed that we put a LOT of speed and play-makers on the front line. Not saying I saw them practice it....but it looks to me like we could pull off some nice fake-punts. Another part of the punt drills was them punting the ball and sending either 2 or 3 guys down field to tackle. They were practicing keeping the return guy contained in between them which would allow gang-tackling and stripping the ball(which was highly emphasized.) No one could contain Nick Brassel.....absolutely NO ONE. The guy showed flat out amazing athleticism and broke containment every time that I saw him back there. Another guy that really impressed was walk-on freshman Tyler Baker.
He broke containment several times cutting back and forth. His running style really reminds me of Dexter. Not game-breaking speed but is fast quickly and runs with a very low center of gravity. He's the one that brought the applause from players and fans by laying out for a catch last Saturday in the IPF. He'll earn himself a scholarship after this season and will most certainly see the field in some capacity this season. This guy is definitely one of those diamonds in the rough.
As far as QBs......Can't really say one stood clearly ahead of the other but it should be noted that Brunetti stretched in the starter's position. Didn't count but all 3 had what looked like similar snaps during passing drills. Mackey didn't wow me but he didn't look bad either. Brunetti had some really good throws but also had 3-4 batted down at the LOS. Stoudt threw some really pretty passes today in the medium to deep routes but made some real "Jevan Sneed" passes in the flats and short yardage. Brunetti and Stoudt both had a great long TD pass in 7-on-7's. Brunetti threw a perfect spiral that caught the WR(can't remember who) in stride about 40 yards down field. Stoudt threw a nice deep pass to Snoop who had a guy right on his jersey. Snoop made a great over the shoulder catch.
I didn't get around to watching the line's going at it but I did hear a loud "There we go Corey Gaines". I did see Lockett make a nice play to get a sack during the full offense/defense scrimmages. A few defensive backs looked really good as far as coverage and reaction to the ball. Sawyer is obviously the clear-cut best DB we have(which is no surprise). Senquez Golson continues to impress everyone with his athleticism. He made quite a few plays today. Didn't see Snoop line up at DB today.....has me wondering if the coaches are now making him a WR full-time with Denzel getting cleared.
Ralph Williams made several nice stops against the run. Some where being in the right spot at the right time and some where shedding blocks. I saw one defensive formation during full scrimmages that had Wayne Dorsey line up in the OLB position. I don't think they're moving him there as I only saw that once. I guess it's just something to confuse the offense. He stayed in a zone after the ball was snapped.
Ken Burns is by far the most vocal person on the field. He brings a little of Orgeron and a little of Nutt at the same time. He'll yell, cuss, and generally chew the shit out of a guy for messing up but will very loudly sing all kinds of praises for making a good play. Gunter Brewer is my favorite coach on the staff. He jokes around with guys but also commands(and receives) a lot of respect from the WR's. He seems to be extremely thorough with his coaching. I like how he talks trash to the players about it being hot and he is wearing long pants and long undershirt. He never had less than 110% energy during practice and it rubbed off on the WR's.