March 19, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina continued its spring drills on Monday afternoon on the turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field as the football team worked through a 14-session, fully-padded practice that lasted nearly two hours.
Most of Monday's session was spent in regimented periods consisting of individual position and unit work with the offense - dressed in white jerseys and gold pants - meeting the purple-over-gold clad defense during 7-on-7 skill drills. Mixed into the practice was offense versus defense scrimmage scenarios at full speed, but the players were not permitted to tackle to the ground, working through "thud-up" finishes.
Four quarterbacks including the returning rising junior Brandon Pechloff, transfer Eddie Sullivan, redshirt freshman Jawan Simmons and freshman Michael Helms all rotated and took snaps guiding the Catamounts' spread offense. Running backs Michael Johnson, Shaun Warren and Michael Vaughn split reps in the backfield.
Wide outs Deja Alexander, Will Roseborough and converted receiver Dee Williams were all held out of practice on Monday for various reasons with Alexander spending time in conditioning drills while Rosebrough and Williams worked with the Jugs passing machine
Defensively, the focus was again placed on limiting the big plays from the Catamount offense which it mostly succeeded in accomplishing. Sullivan did manage to break free on a long scoring play midway through the brief scrimmage. Defensive back Christon Gill made a solid play in the secondary, coming up with a deflection and interception.
Monday's practice concluded with three chutes of one-on-one Oklahoma - or pit - drills matching like position players with offensive ball carriers, followed by conditioning and team stretch exercises.
WCU will take Tuesday off from the practice field before returning to the turf on Wednesday afternoon as it continues through its mandated 15 spring practices.