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McNeese Impressed With First Day of Practice

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From McNeese SID Matthew Bonnette:

 

 

McNeese Football Fall Camp Notebook – Practice #1

 

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese hit the field on Wednesday for the first time of fall camp and eighth-year head coach Matt Viator said he was pleased with what he saw.

 

"I thought things went really good," said Viator.  "We moved around and showed a lot of excitement and energy.

 

"Once we get acclimated to the heat, things will keep improving.  Energy is important but routine is important too.  You can run all summer but it's nothing like getting out here on the field with the gear on in the heat."

 

The Cowboys, wearing helmets and shorts on Wednesday, will do the same at Thursday's 4:30 practice before slipping on the shoulder pads for Friday.  McNeese will dress in full pads for the first time on Sunday.

 

 

Camp Notes:

• Sophomore quarterback Will Briscoe saw live action for the first time in nearly two years when he took snaps during Wednesday's practice.  Said Viator:  "I thought he looked really good out there today, especially for someone that hasn't taken a snap in about a year and a half.  He got in there, moved around well, and made some nice passes."

 

• McNeese's starting defensive unit wore jerseys without numbers and instead had "D.W.A." across the front.  That's something new defensive coordinator Lance Guidry has brought back from his playing days – Defense With Attitude.  "Every day we're going to change the depth chart," said Guidry.  "Guys that move up will wear a DWA jersey while the ones that fall will go back to a numbered jersey.  We've got a bunch of guys that are competing for that first unit.  We're not going to wait until scrimmages to move the depth chart."

 

• The heat soared to 96-degrees early during practice with the heat index well into the 100s.  That caused several players to suffer from cramps.  "I think it's a combination of the heat and their excitement to get started," said Viator.  "Everyone will be fine."

 

•  Offensively, sophomore wide receiver Deltoine Scott was one of the standouts as he made several nice catches during team drills.

 

•  On defense, standing out was sophomore defensive back Brent Spikes who had a couple of pass breakups.  All of the players on the No. 1 unit were active and flying to the ball.  Senior safety Guy Morgan had a good first day after seeing more reps than the rest of the unit.

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