Day two off Camp Kyle is in the books. Like yesterday, today was overall pretty uneventful, which is what you would like to see at this point. Kyle Whittingham did agree that his team is ahead at this point of where his teams have been in the past.
Backup running back Joe Williams, who talked with Bill Riley in the Newcomer Spotlight yesterday, made some noise via bursting down the field and avoiding defenders. It’s hard to get a true read until the team is in pads and allowed to tackle, but it’s a good look at this point. He’s definitely number 2 behind Booker, but Williams is no slouch.
Freshman WR Britain Covey proved once again to be an elusive and speedy slot receiver. While facing some of the 2nd and 3rd team defenses, he slipped and juked through defenders fairly effortlessly today. The combination of his speed and height is an advantage when it comes to elusiveness.
While the slot WR competition could be steep for this year for Covey, he is expected to compete right away for the punt returner position, along with Cory Butler, Boobie Hobbs, and Bubba Poole.
The cornerbacks made consistent plays today. There were several coverage “sacks” (again, not in pads at this point). The defense is more in sync at this point in camp than it was last year on day 2.
Quarterback play from Travis Wilson, Kendal Thompson, and Chase Hansen was solid. No major mistakes, other than an overthrown deep ball from Hansen. All showed nice quickness on scrambles and option plays. Conner Manning made several mistakes at the tail end of practice, as well as the youngest receivers, but it’s nothing to panic about at this point.
Overall, today was another day of offense installation and getting everyone up to speed in alignments and assignments.
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