By Kent Youngblood
Just got back from the half-hour’s worth of practice that coach Tim Brewster allows us to watch each day. That half-hour, by the way, includes stretching, some individual drills and the like. Not a lot of meat on that bone. And no full pads on the players either.
That said, here are some impressions from day one of Camp Brewster:
–Hayo Carpenter looks a little stronger than you might expect of a 5-11, 185 pounder. He is also very, very fast and appears to run routes fairly fluidly. Of course, I didn’t see him going against a cornerback.
–Ra’shede Hageman looks like a beast. He already looks like he has an NFL body. Man. He’s 6-6, looks to be over 250 and he can run.
–Duane Bennett was among a small group of running backs working with the first team (along with Kevin Whaley and DeLeon Eskridge). Bennett is moving well and appears bigger than he was last year. He’s up at least 15 pounds. We’ll see how the extra muscle affects his game. He was practicing today without a knee brace, a good sign. Of course, it was a no-pads practice today.
–None of this is exactly surprising, but: Jeff Tow-Arnett is working with the first team at center, with Chris Bunters at left guard. Trey Davis and D.J. Burris were backing up Tow-Arnett, with Dom Alford the backup left guard.
–Early on it was Anthony Jacobs and Cedric McKinley as the first-team defensive ends outside of tackles Garrett Brown and Eric Small. Lee Campbell and Simoni Lawrence were joined by Nate Triplett at linebacker. I think it’s going to be difficult to keep Keanon Cooper off the field. He’s fast and he looks to have added some weight to his 6-0 frame.
That’s about it. I’ll throw some more stuff up later tonight after writing my story. It will be rather late, as practice doesn’t end until 6:15 or so.
I had one other item , one I’m tired of already. I spent a good bit of time today going through and deleting comments that contained profanity, threats and all sorts of crummy stuff. I was looking for suggestions as to how to deal with this. I am leaning this way: A no-tolerance, one-strike-and-you’re out policy. One profanity? You’re out. One homophobic comment? Gone.
What do you think?