Defense Shines in Day Two of McNeese Fall Camp - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Defense Shines in Day Two of McNeese Fall Camp

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From McNeese SID Matthew Bonnette:


LAKE CHARLES – The second day of fall camp for the McNeese Cowboys didn't reveal any lag in enthusiasm from day one as the Cowboys wrapped up the non-pads part of camp with an up-tempo rundown that lasted just under two hours on Thursday afternoon.


On Wednesday, temperatures reaching 96 degrees with the heat index in the 106 range sidelined a handful of Cowboys due to cramps.  Thursday's sweltering heat was a couple degrees higher but unlike Wednesday, no Pokes fell ill to the weather.


"I really liked our energy out there today," said head coach Matt Viator.  "We moved around a lot better on defense and came up with several interceptions."


The Cowboys will put the shoulder pads on for the first time in Friday's 4:30 practice.


"I'm excited to see us with the pads on and see how the calls play out," said Viator.



McNeese Football Camp Notes:  Day 2


• Junior cornerback Aaron Sam had two interceptions on Thursday, one in the pass scale drills and another in team drills.  Freshman DB Jay Washington had a pick as well, his second in camp tying him with Sam with two in the first two days of fall practice.  Freshman DB Carlos Carroll also had an interception on the day.


• Three quarterbacks took snaps with the first unit – Cody Stroud, Tyler Bolfing and Will Briscoe, but there's no QB controversy as Stroud will enter his third season as the Cowboy starter behind center. 

Said Viator:  "It's allowing them to get a lot of reps and that's what we want.  Once we put on the pads and camp goes on, we'll be able to set the depth chart."


• There was no movement on the D.W.A. (Defense With Attitude) as the starters wearing the jerseys on Wednesday had them on for Thursday's practice.


•  Freshman wide receiver Kent Shelby had a long grab while being covered near the end of the team drills to end practice.


•  Former McNeese defensive line coach Chuck Gorman was in attendance at practice.  Gorman's son, Nick, is the starting center for the Cowboys.  Chuck was a standout at LaGrange High School and played four years at Tulane.  Following a successful coaching stint in the high school ranks, he joined the McNeese staff and coached the defensive line from 2003-05.

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