Practice No. 16: Getting Closer To Kickoff

Ty Shrader

Ty Shrader

Aug. 28, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. - After taking Sunday and Monday off, the Army football team resumed its preseason preparations with a Tuesday morning practice. The Black Knights, who were greeted by overcast skies and a sprinkle or two, worked out on Howze Field and inside Foley Athletic Center for approximately 95 minutes.

Tuesday's practice session, which marked the team's 16th workout of the preseason, began just before 7 a.m. and ran until 8:30 a.m.

Tuesday's Notables
• During the individual portion of practice, Army's quarterbacks engaged in a drill with two offensive linemen. Each quarterback would take a snap from the center, and the center and guard would then get off the ball and block the defensive lineman who was paired up with them.

• Wide receivers coach Andy Guyader worked with his charges, throwing a number of different types of passes from close range. The group practiced catching balls floated over their heads, passes zipped in on a slant route and balls thrown toward the sideline.

• Notable players wearing red "no contact" jerseys included junior DE Jarrett Mackey, sophomore RB Trenton Turrentine, sophomore OL Ryan Powis, junior DE Colin Linkul, senior WR Malcolm Brown, senior LB C.J. Shelley and junior DE Robert Kough. Mackey was able to engage in several drills during the first half of practice.

• Senior OL Ben Jebb was upgraded to a blue "limited contact" jersey and was working with his teammates throughout the practice.

• Junior DL Holt Zalneraitis and junior DE Clayton Keller were both injured during the course of practice. Junior DE Kyle Maxwell stepped in and played defensive end with the first unit and intercepted a pass against the scout team.

• Senior DB Ty Shrader made an impressive interception during the same drill. He read the quarterback's eyes, broke on the football and stepped in front of the would-be receiver to pick off a pass on a post route.

• Junior LB Reggie Nesbit dislodged the football from a wide receiver during a drill versus the second-team offense.

• Senior QB Trent Steelman started heating up during the middle of the practice. He hit sophomore RB Tony Giovannelli on a 15-yard out pattern, placing the ball perfectly to the outside. Steelman then fired a deep fade down the right sideline to freshman RB Jared Rogers, who made a sliding grab. Steelman then found junior WR Ejay Tucker, who made an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone.

• Senior RB Jared Hassin hauled in a pass from freshman QB A.J. Schurr with just one hand. Hassin ran a seam route down the right hash and was able to corral Schurr's pass with his right hand.

• The practice ended with freshman Daniel Grochowski and senior Eric Osteen attempting a series of 42-yard field goals with the entire team standing around them yelling and trying to add a little bit of pressure. Both kickers went 3-for-6 while battling their tormenting teammates. Osteen was 1-for-2 from both hash marks and the center of the field, while Grochowski missed both attempts from the middle of the field, but connected on both from the left hash. Derek Sanchez came through for the field goal defense unit, blocking Grochowski's first attempt from the right hash mark.

Tuesday's Quotables
Running Backs Coach Tucker Waugh

(Ref.: assessing the running backs)
"The group is doing well. Trenton Turrentine had a little thumb injury early in camp, and we're very anxious for him to get back. He was doing a great job. Raymond Maples and Terry Baggett are running with the first group right now, and really working hard doing a good job in all facets. They're being supported by Jared Hassin, Stephen Fraser and Jon Crucitti. Tony Giovannelli is in that mix as well."

(Ref.: development of sophomore RB Terry Baggett)
"Terry is a full-dimensional back. He missed a lot of time as a true freshman, but he did play against Ball State and Miami (Ohio), and really played well when he was out there. I know some of our home fans haven't seen him play, but he did really well in two of our games against Mid-American Conference opponents last year. He's big, strong and fast, and does all the things we like."

(Ref.: what needs to be worked on prior to the season opener at San Diego State)
"We're still working on everything. We have a long way to go, and taking care of the ball is the number one priority, quite obviously. We've really done a good job with that through training camp."

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