Camp Notebook: Day Eight

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By Dave Meyer (@DaveMeyerMU)

· The team began practice with some 3-on-3 drills where three offensive players lined up against three defensive players. The offense was trying to open holes for the running back, while the defense was attempting to get the ball carrier to the ground. The highlight of the drill was Spencer Treadwell, who burst through the line for a touchdown, igniting the entire offense in celebration.

· Another running back, Kenny Young, has had a strong camp. He has shown a solid burst and has great hands out of the backfield. While listed at just 192 pounds, the freshman is built low to the ground and has a physical playing style to him. I expect to see Young play a role in 2014.

· Alvonta Jenkins continued his strong camp. Jenkins got behind the defense on one play and has basically caught everything thrown his way this fall.

· Drew Kummer has improved his game tremendously from the end of the 2013 season. He has zip on his passes and seems to have a strong handle of the offense.

· Even with these offensive standouts, the offense really struggled in the redzone this morning. Coach Martin was less than pleased with the effort and harped on it for the next 30 minutes. At the end of practice he spoke to the entire team about making plays in the redzone.

· Quinten Rollins flashed outstanding cover skills this morning. When he is asked to just cover the player across from him, at times he can take that side of the field away. As a reminder … this is just his 23rd football practice with the RedHawks.

· Opposite of Rollins was Marshall Taylor, who had four pass breakups today. Taylor played very little in 2013, so to see that sort of production in 2014 is a major positive.

· A third defensive back, Chrishawn Dupuy, had the only interception of the day.

· Kaleb Patterson was almost automatic on his field goals and extra points today. I believe his only miss came on a snap that the holder could not pick clean. Besides that, the junior kicker hit everything true and down the middle.