Furman football’s first day in full pads on Thursday generated its share of positive results according to head coach Bobby Lamb.”We had a pretty productive day,” said Lamb following the two and half hour session. “We covered a lot of areas and had our first 11-on-11 work of the preseason. Overall, I saw a lot of positives.”
One of the early highlights of the afternoon practice was a 10-minute one-on-one blocking and tackling session, known as the “spider drill,” which pits a runner behind a stacked line of blockers going face up against four defenders within a tightly defined running area.
“There was a lot of juice and enthusiam in the spider drill, and some guys were really getting after it. I thought the offensive linemen dominated the defensive linemen for the most part, but there was some good hitting on both sides.”
Earning mention for stellar work in the drill were offensive tackle Ryan Lee and guard Ryan Storms. On the defensive side lineabckers Kadarron Anderson, Chris Wiley, and Rick Furman were cited along with rovers Max Lerner and Greg Worthy.
Special teams work included time on field goal and field goal block teams and punt team.
“Some of our young guys put some pressure on our punters. We always try to find out early who might can help up on special teams.”
In addition the Paladins covered the sprint out game on offense and zone blitz on defense.
Thursday’s workout concluded with a 30-play, 11-on-11 scrimmage that again saw the offensive line register stellar play.
“I thought Ryan Lee came off the ball well, and (guards) Tyler Haynes and Heath Cockburn looked real solid and consistent. Tesso Uhaa and Mike Brown also had some good runs.”
Furman’s two top receivers in the scrimmage included Sederrik Cunningham, who recorded a pair of receptions, and David Hendrix, who hauled in reception covering approximately 40 yards.
The Paladins are scheduled to practice twice tomorrow at 8:15 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.