Aug. 13, 2009
Thursday's Football Practice Photo Gallery
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Western Carolina Catamount football team held the first half of its first scheduled two-a-day practice on an overcast and mild Thursday morning on the turf at E.J. Whitmire Stadium / Bob Waters Field. The 23-session workout lasted just under two and a half hours, with the second practice of the twin bill slated for 4:00 pm on Thursday afternoon.
The morning session was the first in full pads for Western this preseason, with the second session featuring half pads with the players wearing thigh pads under their workout shorts.
WCU will hold four additional two-a-day practices for five all told starting this Saturday, continuing with two practices on Tuesday, Thursday and the following Saturday next week.
Practice included positional work with the offense and defense again coming together as an offense and defense for full-speed, limited contact, practice. The squad worked through situational drills utilizing down-and-distance with the chains. The team also worked through several special teams drills including punt coverage and point-after-touchdown kicks, rotating through the three placekickers on roster - Blake Bostic, Mark Sides and Leo Gamez.
Five players were held out of full practice on Thursday, mostly for precautionary reasons. Robert Peele (knee) and Jayson Williams (knee), were restricted as both are coming off of off-season knee surgeries; Eric Robinson (concussion); Ryan World (pneumonia); and Marquel Pittman (hamstring) were all limited or held out on Monday.
, who has been nursing a groin injury through the preseason, was suited up and back in action during the morning practice.
Red-shirt sophomore quarterback Zack Jaynes continued to take the majority of the snaps with the first team offense, while true freshman Randy Pressley stepped up to take the most reps with the second team, splitting time with red-shirt freshman Jonathan Efird and junior transfer Colby McCoy.
Fall practice continues on Thursday evening, and in accordance with NCAA regulations, will hold one session on Friday. The squad will work through another two-a-day on Saturday, with a situational scrimmage session scheduled as one of the sessions.
As a reminder of the WCU Football policy, all practice sessions are closed to the public unless special permission is granted through the Western Carolina Media Relations or Catamount Football office. Individuals who are granted permission to attend practice are reminded to remain in the stadium seating area and not be on the field level.