Wofford College fullback and Panther Insider correspondent Arsenio Parks continues his daily updates…
A.P.'s Camp Blog: 7-30
A Panthers Cycling Team?
This will never come to fruition but it was hard not to consider the idea as the injured players were conditioning on the stationary bikes while the rest of the team engaged in drills. Joining the cycling team Friday was RB Tyrell Sutton, who missed practice with a calf strain.
"I Want You to Explode!"
This was yelled by linebackers coach Richard Smith, indicating that he wanted to see more physicality as his unit was going through an individual session. The linebackers are working overtime in camp with Thomas Davis on PUP and Jamar Williams still sitting out with a hamstring injury.
This is a phrase often used by offensive players when a teammate beats a defender. Players receiving this commemoration:
--RB DeAngelo Williams freezes LB Jon Beason, feigning right but quickly darting left for a nice reception.
--FB Tony Fiammetta made all fullbacks proud as he beat LB Jordan Senn with a route similar to the one run by Williams. Senn expressed his discontent by letting out a not-so PG rated expletive as he watched Fiammetta grab the ball and turn up field.
--WR Dexter Jackson exhibited the quintessential "go" route, using nothing but his divinely endowed speed to beat the defender for a nice catch along the sidelines. A fan rhetorically stated, "Dexter really can go, can't he?" Indeed.
Matt Moore looked like he settled in Friday, appearing sharper than in Thursday's session. He continuously made the proper checks and decisions. One of his more impressive plays was a pass he squeezed through a tight window to TE Jeff King, who finished the play well by clasping the ball in the midst of traffic. It was difficult to distinguish whom the loudest cheers were for between Moore and King, but easily ascertained was Moore's intent as remaining chief signal caller, proven by his performance Friday.
Tuck That Ball Away!
This advice given a little too late to RB Mike Goodson, as he fumbled the ball midway through what would have been an impressive run. Two plays later, Goodson responded by busting loose for another impressive tote. Goodson is a versatile back. He has nice hands and at times split out wide as a receiver. His skill-set could lead to the Panthers having a three-pronged attack from the running back position. Do I sense there being "Smash, Dash and Slash"?
In the Trenches
The offensive line did a good job opening up running lanes for the backs during the team periods. It also provided ample protection for the quarterbacks.
Outside of the team drills, it was a different story. The defensive line won that portion of practice. DE Everette Brown was a stud, routinely beating the tackles with bull rushes and using his speed to elude protection. Coach Brian Baker recognized Brown's efforts, telling him, "Excellent job," while patting him on the back.
Rookie DE Greg Hardy followed in Brown's footsteps. He was able to utilize both strength and speed to evade the tackles. He should provide quality depth as long as he continues to progress.
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Arsenio Parks is a fullback and English major at Wofford College. He began playing football at 7 years old and went on to garner All Conference, All Region and All State recognitions during his career at Shelby HS. He also lettered in track and field.
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