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Day 11: Two-Minute Drill

August 17, 2009

    The West Liberty University football team worked on its 2-minute drill Monday afternoon during the second session of a busy day at Russek Field.eddie-1

   Junior quarterback Zach Amedro seemed to relish the faster pace and his offensive mates rose to the occasion. Wide receiver Kashif Walls opened some eyes when he flashed over the middle to catch a crossing route and then cut all the way back across the field to score without being touched.

   Walls wasn’t the only playmaker on the field. Wide receiver/running back Ryan Travis capped the next possession by hauling in a 44-yard TD toss from Amedro. Eddie Hills, a first-team All-WVIAC running back and wide receiver, converted a 4th-and-17 by making a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch of an Amedro pass.

   The defense dug in to turn the offense away on this possession but not without a scary moment. As a 4th-and-6 pass intended for Walls fell incomplete, All-Region linebacker Clay Beeler, returning starting safeties “Moon” Robinson and veteran linebacker Mike Buffo all slammed into each other at full speed and dropped motionless to the turf. After a few anxious moments and some work by the training staff, all four players were able to walk off under their own power.

   Other segments included blitz pickup, red zone offense and defense, inside run and special teams.

   Returning defensive linemen Ryan Mirich, Isaac Omaits, Matt Betz and Joey McGee all performed well during the morning session while veteran linebacker Fred Kimbro made several plays in the backfield. Omaits and defensive end Josh Beadnell each batted down a couple of passes during the afternoon blitz work.

   True freshman wide receiver Vinnie Candelore had an impressive afternoon session with several sparkling catches during the two-minute drill segment. On the defensive side, “Moon” Robinson shook off the effects of his collision to make plays all over the field.eddie-2

   Highlighting the special teams segment were 52-yard field goals by junior-college transfer Mike Blewett and true freshman Jeff Hoak.

   After three straight days of 90-degree temperatures and high humidity, the players are in for a bit of a break as the forecast calls for scattered showers with the mercury in the 70s for the rest of the week. The team will work out in full pads in a single session on Tuesday afternoon.

   Sports Information Director Matt Watson and Lady Hilltopper basketball standout Tori Hansen outdid themselves in the photo department today. With more than 150 images from the two sessions, it’s our largest photo album of the month. To access Monday’s photos, click on the following link: Training Camp Photos: Day 11

   In the photo series above, Hills (9) gets behind cornerback Josh Madrid (26) to pull in a long pass just before free safety Paul Kallevig (17) arrives on the scene.

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