Feb. 21 practice blog

Army’s first “full pads” spring practice started with 15-minute lift in the weight room.

Actual practice began at 7:07 a.m.

Players broke a team huddle after stretching out with, “Work Hard.” I believe junior defensive end and legacy captain Jarrett Mackey led the chant. Mackey, who is recovering from a knee surgery, isn’t dressing for practice but he’s involved in position drills, motivating his teammates.

Wide receivers and slotbacks ran through a drill where they caught a pass in a marked-off area between two 7-feet high padded obstacles, were hit from the side by a teammate with a padded blocker and hit by two more teammates with padded blockers as the first teammate tried chasing them down.

Sophomore cornerback Jordan Crockett had a big hit on fullback Brady Earnhardt during one-on-one drills. There wasn’t an exuberant amount of contact during practice.

Some passes from Army quarterbacks looked like it was the first full practice of the spring. Passes were behind, high or low from receivers. And, receivers had their share of drops.

Junior Jared Hassin, now playing running back instead of fullback, looked smooth catching a 15-yard pass downfield.

Junior guard Matt Villanti, who started the last six games in 2011, didn’t participate in practice. Villanti had his knee scoped earlier this month. He was doing some jogging on it.

Junior tackle Derek Bisgard, freshman cornerback Marques Avery and freshman defensive end Julian Holloway were among the players limited in practice. Freshman wide receiver Justin Newman, freshman running back Tony Giovanelli and sophomore slotback Scott Williams were among a group, which didn’t participate in practice.

Sophomore running back Jon Crucitti isn’t practicing because of shoulder injury.  Crucitti isn’t playing baseball this spring.

Sophomore Richard Rainey was the lone long snapper working with kickers Eric Osteen and Billy Fisher early in practice.


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