Looking to avoid the high-90s temperatures that returned Friday afternoon, the Mocs went through an extended 28 period workout. Both sides of the ball seemed lively, despite being back on the field just 13 hours after their first session.
Sophomore Marlon Anthony (Acworth, Ga.) turned a few heads when he beat his defender over the middle for a score in the one-on-one drill. Anthony, a 6-5 receiver, is expected to step up his role on the offense this season. He posted 17 catches for 195 yards and three touchdowns while making the Southern Conference All-Freshman team in 2010.
The offense begin installing plays and familiarizing the newcomers with the system. "We are on schedule," stated offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield. "We were a little bit rushed because some of our kids are still in summer school. We had practice yesterday after doing some conditioning and weights in the morning and then had a quick turnaround this morning with an early practice so the kids could get to class."
About two dozen left field just before 9:00 a.m. to get to their first class of the day. Despite losing numbers, the Mocs still finished with a productive outing. "The young guys are struggling a little bit but as far as the older guys, being able to get line up and execute the plays is right where we need to be," added Satterfield. "We had a pretty good day to and we need to be able to build off of it."
Freshman tight end Troy Dye (Hendersonville, Tenn.) also had a nice diving grab today. He is one of many newcomers adjusting to the collegiate level, with some acclimating themselves faster than others. "It is different," explained Satterfield. "Receivers can run routes and catch the ball. We have some very intelligent young kids, but it should take them a week. Up front, it is more of a physical deal where they are going against men now, instead of high school kids. Once they learn it, they have to train their bodies to be able to hold up from a physical standpoint. It could take a year, six months, two weeks, just depends on the individual."
The defensive highlight of the day was an interception by sophomore Gunner Miller (Chattanooga, Tenn.). A 2010 SoCon All-Freshman pick, he is back at full steam after missing spring practice following surgery. He made five starts in eight games before a shoulder injury ended his 2010 campaign early. He is expected to be in the starting linebacking corps heading into 2011.
Freshman T.J. Thompson also had an impressive diving break up today. He is a 5-9 defensive back from Sanford, Fla. A two-star recruit according to Scout.com, Thompson is battling for playing time as a cornerback.
The Mocs will be back on the field on Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. (E.D.T.) at the Murphy-Haugerud Football Practice Complex at scrappy Moore Field. The full schedule of fall camp is listed below. All practices are open to the public and all Mocs fans are encouraged to attend.
Saturday - Aug. 6 - 7:45 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Sunday - Aug. 7 - 7:45 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Monday - Aug. 8 - 6:30 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Tuesday - Aug. 9 - 6:30 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Wednesday - Aug. 10 - 7:45 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Thursday - Aug. 11 (TWO) - 7:45 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field & 6:30 p.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Friday - Aug. 12 - 2:30 p.m. - Finley Stadium (Scrimmage)
Saturday - Aug. 13 - 2:30 p.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Sunday - Aug. 14 - 2:00 p.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Monday - Aug. 15 - 7:45 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Tuesday - Aug. 16 - 7:45 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Wednesday - Aug. 17 - 7:45 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Thursday - Aug. 18 - 2:45 p.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Friday - Aug. 19 - 7:45 a.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Saturday - Aug. 20 - 2:30 p.m. - Finley Stadium (Scrimmage)
Sunday - Aug. 21 - 2:00 p.m. - Scrappy Moore Field
Monday - Aug. 22 - OFF - First Day of Classes
Tuesday - Aug. 23 - 3:30 p.m. - Scrappy Moore Field