Hawk Football Diary

Published 10:53 am Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ah, two-a-days. Love them or hate them, they’re a part of preseason football. First practice this morning, the offense took a bit of a step back from yesterday, having some trouble with the two goal line periods.

Red zone scoring, which has been an issue in the past and a focus this camp, is showing some improvement, but is still far from where we want to be. Never fear, Hawk fans, I’m sure we will get plenty more practice in those situations in the practices to come in order to perfect that area of our game.

Nick Watts

We also did something similar to Oklahoma drills this morning, where there are three offensive players and a running back against three defensive players and a linebacker. The three offensive players attempt to block their opposite defensive players, and the running back tries to find the hole and make the linebacker miss. There was toughness and strength of will seen on both sides, but only two of the running backs made it all the way through the drills untouched.

Though we rebounded some in the second practice of the day, some of the malaise from earlier came back to haunt us. There was much more even competition, but nowhere near the obvious success of yesterday. We were also practicing third and long situations all day, so the deck was stacked against us a little bit, but even so, there is still much more work to be done. We have to be able to be able to overcome any situation put before us, and we are working to make sure that we can do just that.