May, 6th. Houston, Texas. Rice Stadium.
The Blues held a walkthrough practice this morning, in preparation for their game against the Sea Lions tomorrow evening. There was good energy throughout practice and the walkthroughs were efficient. To begin practice the Blues worked on special teams. Jonathan Barnes looked solid in his kickoffs and field goal tries.
The quarterbacks shined during walkthroughs this morning. Deondre Francois showed off his running ability and broke the edge of the line quickly to get downfield, and Conner Kaegi demonstrated his ability to move in the pocket and read defenses well.
Tight End David Grinnage had a fantastic practice this morning. Grinnage is quickly becoming his QB’s safety blanket, being exactly where they need him to be during any given play. He has shown ability at every level of the secondary, from the check down to the long ball. With his speed and size, it makes sense why they get him the ball as often as they do.
For the Defense, Safety Eli Walker really stood out among the crowd. Constantly getting to the ball and disrupting plays in the secondary. Look out for Walker against the Sea Lions Receivers tomorrow evening.
The Jousters began practice today working on kickoffs. They walked through returning and kicking and showed chemistry when running the plays
Running Backs Lavon Coleman and DeLance Turner were quick today, showing their individual abilities to hit the gap and really move downfield. Turner made several good plays in getting around defenders and moving into the secondary.
Donnie Ernsberger, Tight End, proved his understanding of the system with his timing and route-running this morning, making several well-run routes resulting in first down yardage. Wide Receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams was physical and used his hands to create separation from the defenders to make plays throughout the course of 7 on 7 drills and team drills. He also was able to make some solid catches on well-defended balls.
Quarterback Drew Anderson demonstrated his speed, getting around blockers quickly and making plays with his legs. Luis Perez, also a Quarterback, showed off his arm speed, making several quick 20-yard completions in decent coverage.
Linebacker Colby Duncan had a solid practice today, showing his ability to read where a quarterback is throwing, he had several tipped passes and even an interception. Nyles Morgan proved his ability to stick with a receiver, staying in their face and playing till the whistle. Defensive Tackle Domenique Davis also got the jump on the offense and tipped a pass that he then caught for an interception.
Jose M. Rodriguez III