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August 13, 2013

Monday Practice Insider - Bulldog two-a-days

The Bulldogs took the field for Monday's practices after a day off following Saturday's scrimmage. The scrimmage was a success in the eyes of the coaching staff, but it seemed to take a toll on the 'Dogs.

The usual effort level was not there in on Monday morning and the afternoon session started off slow. But the 'Dogs picked up the level of competition and finished out the day strong, and head coach Tim DeRuyter was pleased with the way his team closed out the afternoon practice.

"I think we competed pretty good ," DeRuyter said Monday night. "I don't think the lack of energy is just about the day off , any time you get nine or ten days into camp you're going to have a little let down, but our guys were business-like in the morning, and they had a little more juice in the afternoon."

The coaching staff focused Monday on some of the same situational drills they have been driving home to the team throughout fall camp.

"We worked some situational stuff, some game situations, we worked end of the game where you have three plays left with 20 seconds, things like that," DeRuyter said. "We're just putting our guys in situations to work some more third down and red zone, which are big emphasis' on both sides of the ball for us.

Harper Looking to Make an Impact

Receiver Josh Harper went into the 2012 season looking to be a playmaker for the Bulldogs before his season was cut short by injury. Entering 2013 Harper is hungrier than ever and looking to make an already lethal receiving corps more dangerous.

"I feel I have a lot of confidence now coming off the injury," Harper said. "In the spring time I felt like I couldn't do a lot of the things I wanted to do, but I feel like I can do everything now. I'm playing fast, faster than ever, and I'm just trying to make plays for the team."

Harper is also looking to make an impact in the locker room as he mentors some of the younger receivers, as the 'Dogs hope to solidify more depth at the receiver position by getting contribution from less experienced wide outs.

"A couple young guys are starting to impress me," Harper said. "Aaron Peck is standing out the most and the freshman Delvon Hardaway is really coming along, and we're out there pushing them to keep getting better."

Scrimmage Recap

DeRuyter both spoke about the importance of learning from the scrimmage and placed emphasis on a few teaching points he saw, and is stressing in this weeks practices.

"We're trying to get everybody more efficient," DeRuyter said. "In the scrimmage our 1's didn't play a ton but our 2's, 3's, and 4's did. Those guys have to get better they have to learn the playbook. We're trying to figure out who those guys are going to be in our two deep because you never know what can happen in this game, and you need guys you have faith in that if a starter goes down a backup can go in without a big drop off. We're not there at some positions yet, but this week we'll continue that competition and see where we're at."

Harper also explained the main points of emphasis the 'Dogs took away from the scrimmage and are focusing on in practice.

"Ball security is the biggest thing," Harper said. We also need to be solid in the red zone and in picking up third downs. Those are really the biggest things for us."

Dog Bones

  • A few guys looked sluggish Monday to start practice, but the energy level picked up as the day moved on.
  • Jeff Camilli was out of practice again in the afternoon, and Malique Micenheimer also spent the afternoon on the sideline after getting banged up a little in the scrimmage.
  • Dillon Root made some great catches and looks to have made a smooth transition from RB to WR.
  • Josh Harper looks to be at 100%. He and L.J. Jones had a good one-on-one competition going on.
  • Brian Burrell has all but solidified the backup QB spot. DeRuyter has yet to come out and say it, but everyday he talks about how he has separated himself from the others.
  • Nikko Motta looked quick and light on his feet while running down ball carriers in a pursuit drill.
  • The 'Dogs worked tirelessly on special teams and always go 100% in kick coverage, pursuit, and return drills.

    Steven Morehart is a new staff writer for FSBulldogs.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @StevenMorehart.


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