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Day 12: A Compliment and a Challenge

August 19, 2009

Josh Madrid (26) breaks up a pass intended for H-Back Ryan Travis (22) during the goal-line segment of Tuesday’s practice.

   Head coach Roger Waialae delivered a compliment and a challenge to the West Liberty University football team following Tuesday’s afternoon workout at Russek Field.

   “We’re getting to the point where we’re starting to resemble a good football team,” Waialae said, “but I don’t want a good football team. I want a great one.

   “Our overall execution is getting a little better every day on both sides of the football. I think today was the first day we didn’t have to run anybody up to College Hall and back (for jumping offsides). Little things like that are what make the difference between a good team and a great team.”

   Conditions were much more comfortable on Tuesday. A brief shower cooled everybody off midway through practice and a stiff breeze whistled from one end zone to the other on a day that seemed almost chilly in comparison to the recent heat wave.

   Quarterback Zach Amedro was sharp again during 7-on-7 work, spreading the ball around to an assortment of receivers.

   The team segment focused on goal-line offense and defense with the offense having the upper hand in the early going. Tailbacks Kevon Calhoun and Jimmy Burress each powered into the end zone on inside runs while a rolling Amedro hit wide receiver Kashif Walls in stride along the back line for another score. Running back/wide receiver Eddie Hills also cashed in a fade route deep in the right corner.

   Wide receiver Dontrell Lee hauled in another deep ball during the scout team period and true freshman quarterback Tyler Tucci made several nice grabs while taking some reps at wide receiver.

   “This is the best group of receivers we’ve ever had,” Waialae said. “I’m pretty excited about them. We have a lot of people out there who have the ability to make plays for us.”

   Several players missed Tuesday’s workout due to a flu bug that seems to be working its way through the team but are expected to return to the field within the next day or two.

   Another double session is scheduled for Wednesday with the team working out in full pads during the morning practice and reporting back to Russek Field in tops after lunch.

   Sports Information Director Matt Watson shot more than 80 photos of Tuesday’s afternoon session. To access Matt’s photos, click on the following link: Training Camp Photos: Day 12

   In the photo above, cornerback Josh Madrid (26) breaks up a pass intended for H-Back Ryan Travis (22) during the goal-line segment of Tuesday’s practice.


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