Individual Efforts Take Center Stage Monday
Aug. 6, 2007
NACOGDOCHES - As the first week of preseason camp approaches the midway point, intensity continues to heat up on the field. The first-team offense was pitted against their defensive counterparts, followed by the second-team offensive versus second-team defense.
"During the early stages of camp we are looking to implement and execute plays, while implementing certain schemes on the defensive end," said head coach J.C. Harper. "We are trying to find out exactly where we're at, as well as improving the learning curve. "
Junior quarterback Danny Southall has picked up where he left off last season looking strong in the pocket. He connected with several different targets included preseason all-conference selection Dominique Edison for a big gain.
Returning all-conference running back Louie Runnels also continue his bulldozing ways running over would-be tacklers for positive yards. Although Runnels had some strong carries on the afternoon, the defense muscled up a few times on the 6-0 senior from Bellville.
Working on its goal line offense, Runnels got the ball on the five-yard line but was swarmed by the defensive first unit, and was dropped after only a gain of a yard. The offense would have the final laugh, as Southall completed two passes for scores, and Runnels rushed for another score.
It wasn't just the usual suspects putting up the big numbers Monday. After dropping a pass, Florida International transfer Andy Anderson rebounded by catching a pass in traffic and breaking through a couple of defenders for a big play.
Sophomore running back/kick return specialist Vincent Pervis capped the practice with the biggest play of the day, carrying the ball up the middle for a 65-yard score.
"If you line up our first-team offense against our first-team defense I really like where the guys are at," said Harper. "When you stick some of the new guys in we are a little behind, but that is to be expected this early on. I'm impressed with their effort and enthusiasm, and if they continue with the same type of work ethic they will be where we need them to come game time."
The Lumberjacks return to action Wednesday at 3 p.m. for their fourth workout of fall camp. It will be the first practice where the 'Jacks don the shoulder pads. The squads first two-a-day workout will be Thursday afternoon.