Jags Unveil Goal Line Offense In Tuesday Practice

March 7, 2012 · By · Filed Under Football 
Jaguar Offensive Line

Offensive lineman Drew Dearman signals pre-snap as the Jaguars work in Spring drills.

South Alabama hit the practice field at 6:30 AM on Tuesday morning for a workout in full pads. This was their last practice before their scrimmage set for Thursday at the Jaguar Practice Facility.

During part of the practice session, the players went through individual workouts and drills with position coaches. The linebackers worked with the defensive line against the offensive line and running backs. The linebackers worked on angle tackles and covering running backs out of the backfield. While they were working the receivers and defensive backs worked against each other on pass routes and skeleton passing drills.

During the team portion of the practice, the offense worked on first down plays, third-and-long situations and for the first time this spring, they used their goal line package.

Both the first and second team offenses ran four plays inside the red zone and four more on the goal line. This was during a 15-minute session during the team session of the practice.

Brendt Bedsole said mentioned two players who have caught his and Head Coach Joey Jones’ eye this spring as big surprises. The first he mentioned was Terrance Timmons, a walk-on from Davidson High School. Timmons was not highly recruited out of high school, possbily because of this size. He is only listed as being 5’7″ and weighing 175-lbs, but this works well at running back.

Bedsole said that Coach Riley from Davidson High School has lots of praise for Timmons’ work ethic and ability. He actually told the coaches that he would not be surprised if Timmons worked his way up to being a captain before he leaves the program. Bedsole mentioned that Timmons could see lots of playing time.

Another player mentioned was Chris May at left tackle, but was not able to go as much in depth about him as Timmons. May is listed as being 6’4″, 280-lb freshman.

Bedsole did mention that C.J. Bennett did well as did Trey Fetner at quarterback. He also mentioned that they have some big targets at tight end in JUCO transfer Wes Saxton and Greg Hollinger, who has moved from wide receiver to tight end this season. Saxton and Hollinger will create tough match-ups on linebackers this season.

“The kids came to work today,” said Coach Jones. “I thought we got better as a team. My challenge to them is, is everybody on the team getting better? You can certainly watch the film and find several guys that didn’t, but as a unit I thought we improved and that it was a good, spirited practice. We have to beat people on our schedule right now, we can’t wait until August to do it. We have to take advantage of every minute that we can to get better, and I think they did that today.”

“I don’t really care who won or lost, it’s just a matter of the physical part of it,” Coach Jones continued. “lining up two yards out from the goal line and seeing who is going to knock who back. That’s really what it boils down to on the goal line, it’s about attitude at that point when you get down there. We just ran some base plays offensively because we wanted to see who would step in there and get their nose bloody.”

As mentioned above, the Jaguars will have a scrimmage on Thursday morning before the players have a week off for spring break. The scrimmage will get underway around 6:45 AM and will run through around 8:30 AM. It will be around 120 to 140 play scrimmage and will not be controlled as much as a fall scrimmage. But it will have situational plays as well.

“It will be very similar to the first one really, except we’re going to infuse special teams into the scrimmage, instead of going for a while and then running a certain special team, if it’s fourth down we’re going to punt or kick a field goal,” Coach Jones said previewing the Thursday scrimmage. “As they score, we will kick off after that. We want to get them thinking it’s like a game. It’s not going to be exact game situations, but as we progress we’re trying to do that more.”



6 Responses to “Jags Unveil Goal Line Offense In Tuesday Practice”

  1. rob on March 7th, 2012 2:44 pm

    thanks for the post wonder if the va qb will have any impact when he transfers in this summer.how is brandon ross doing haven’t heard anything about him

  2. Brian on March 7th, 2012 3:16 pm

    Metheny should immediately make some impact. He was battling with two other players last season for the starting job. But didn’t get much playing time during the season.

    As for Brandon, he has not seen any action so far this spring. He has been out there with a gold non-contact jersey on and has had some limited participation in individual position drills. But the coaches say he should be back full speed in August for fall camp.

  3. rob on March 8th, 2012 10:18 am

    this is a really good website.i’m really excited about the up coming season.if ross comes back strong our backs should be very good.my biggest concern are still the db’s and o-line.what do you think?

  4. rob on March 8th, 2012 1:31 pm

    i don’t see ridge james or mikeljohn th o-lineman on the roster yet will they be coming in this summer?

  5. Brian on March 8th, 2012 2:27 pm

    Thanks, I’m glad you like the site. We are excited about what the upcoming season has in store as well.

    The first-team O-Line look good and their are a couple on the second team that are progressing nicely. As for the secondary, I think they did a good job of getting players in here to play, but until we start the season, I will be wondering how they will match up against our opponents.

    As for Ridge James and Mikeljohn, they should be in here in time for the fall. I don’t know of any of the freshmen that were able to graduate early and were able to get in here this spring. But I think the coaches will urge them to enroll in the summer and get started working on learning the playbook and hitting the weight room.

  6. Gary on March 15th, 2012 9:03 pm

    I think the Jags will do a great job, if they stay focused and reduce the mistakes and stick to a good scheme. South Alabama has a good chance of being a strong powerhouse in the Sunbelt Conference and shake some heads in other conferences. GO JAGS!

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