May, 6th. Houston, Texas. Rice Stadium
Today the Sea Lions had a walkthrough day before their first game of the season against the Blues. They started practice working on getting on and off the field with the field goal unit, some punt-team work, and kickoffs, both kicking and returning.
On offense, Quarterback Nick Fitzgerald showed his ability to trick defenses with his hard count, throwing off several linemen over the course of practice, and again made apparent his ability to connect on quick passes. Wide Receiver James Tyrell made a very good tip-toe catch against the sideline good for 15 yards, and Andrew Jameil demonstrated his quickness and ability to gain yards after a catch. Running Back Adam Choice was moving well today, moving around defenders easily and being very mobile all morning.
For the Defense, Linebacker Jeff McCullough stood out again and made it past the offensive linemen and into the backfield regularly during team drills. Defensive Tackle Pono Davis showed off his ability to clog up gaps on the line of scrimmage, covering two of them at once on multiple plays.
All in all, the Sea Lions looked loose and excited to play their first game tomorrow evening.
During today’s Generals practice, Kicker Lirim Hajrullahu went 5 for 5 during his field-goal tries and his longest made was from 48 yards out. The Generals Kicking units worked on transitioning between Offensive and Defensive packages to Special Teams packages and showed that they really had the hang of it.
Tight End Sal Cannella shined in today’s practice, using his body to move through defenders, his speed to get downstream quickly, and proved that he will be a reliable weapon for QB Ryan Mallet in the passing game. Mallet also had a good showing this morning, placing his passes well and staying mobile in the pocket.
Wide Receiver Jordan Suell made several athletic plays, leaping once for a touchdown and making good plays around defenders. Running Back Darnell Holland also demonstrated his ability to catch and showed good speed when moving with the ball. The Offensive Line had a very good day as well, regularly giving Mallet plenty of time in the pocket to go through his progressions.
On Defense, Linebacker Blair Brown stood out. Brown made it a point to always be in the middle of the action and was providing good coverage during passing plays. Tackle Kevin Murphy made it through the very solid Gen’s O Line on several occasions, putting pressure on the backfield often. Safety Malik Gant proved tough when facing off against receivers, not being afraid to use his hands to maneuver his way to the ball, tipping several passes on the day.
Jose M. Rodriguez III