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TRAINING CAMP REPORT: DEFENSE DOMINATES IN CONTACT DRILLS

Posted Saturday, August 16, 2008 by staff

August 15, 2008…The Aggie defensive unit stepped up during the first real meaningful contact drills of training camp during a “pressure periods” scrimmage.  The format was 60 plays with 30 being 3rd down and long situations and 30 plays being 3rd down and short situations.  The defense won 63% of the battles, out manning the offense 38-22.  The offense did manage some redemption in the goal line series winning those battles by a 4-2 margin, meaning the offense scored on 4 of 6 possessions, lst and goal from the 8 yard line.

Matt Warner turned in the big hit of the day during the goal line session when he shot through the gap on an off-tackle play and dropped Aggie running back Jose Mendoza for a 2 yard gain with a crushing hit.  Mendoza later displayed his talents on a 12 yard TD run of his own.

The defensive line stepped up play in the scrimmage recording 6 sacks with Gus Overstreet coming away with 2 of those, matched by freshman nose guard Herbert Grogan.  In the secondary, red shirt freshman cornerback , Quintin Green also made 3 big plays during the scrimmage to thwart the Aggie offensive attack.

“As is typical, the defense is a little ahead of the offense at this juncture, but the offense also had some bright spots.  The good news is that the offense did not turn over the football.  Defensively, Coach Wilson (Aggie Defensive Coordinator) threw a lot of fronts and stunts at the offense which is tough for them to handle in these early goings.” Stated Aggie head football coach Mike Wyatt.

Aggie running back Darryl Brister also reeled off a couple of nice runs during the scrimmage and proved he can also get the tough yards running inside.

The Aggies will resume practice on Saturday with two practices in preparation for the home season opener on August 30 vs. Ft. Lewis College.

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