Youth Is Being Served During Camp Davie
Aug. 7, 2012
RUIDOSO, N.M. --- Camp Davie has a different feel than previous camps here in the village. Or rather, Camp Davie has a younger feel.
The presence of a first-year coaching staff combined with Davie's philosophy of distributing repetitions in camp evenly between the veterans and newcomers has allowed several young players ample time to audition for playing time this season.
"Coach Davie's approach to this is really fun because we're able to work all the guys on the field," defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Mills says. "We need to take a look at the young guys, get them the steps they need to learn the fundamentals of the game - what we're teaching, the techniques we're teaching - so they might actually be getting more reps than the older guys.
"The hard thing is some of the older guys want to jump out there, which I appreciate. They want to get their turns. They've got to be patient and understand that they've practiced against a stock block, for example, hundreds of times."
So when quarterback B.R. Holbrook trots out onto the field during practice, he might not necessarily have running back Kasey Carrier lining up behind him. Redshirt freshmen Jhurrell Pressley or true freshman David Anaya also could be in the backfield.
True freshman offensive lineman Garrett Adcock could have the toughest job among the newcomers.
"He's probably as overloaded as anybody," offensive line coach Jason Lenzmeier says. "He's playing center with the (second unit), right guard with the (first team). It's a ton of terminology, ton of technique, footwork, aiming points.
"You just throw everything at the newcomers, see what sticks and just keep hammering the rest at them until they get it."
The Jackson twins, true freshmen Rashad and Vershad, are getting a lot of work at cornerback. Linebacker Rashad Rainey has spent time with the first unit, and defensive linemen Gerron Borne, Darian Allen and Dominic Twitty are staples with the second unit.
Tight ends coach Derek Warehime has a unique situation in balancing reps between the veterans and newcomers Chris Edling and Christian Rebhun. Senior Lucas Reed missed the majority of the spring because of a hamstring injury and senior Chris Biren and junior Andrew Aho missed all of the spring with injuries.
"Because there were so many unknowns, Mat McBain, based on spring ball, really was the most experienced coming into fall camp," Warehime says. "They're all in the same boat as far as a learning curve. We've added to what we're doing offensively with the tight ends being involved in the personnel groupings because we have more. In the spring we were limited because we didn't have many guys to run our two-tight end package."
What also have helped the younger players, Warehime says, are the one-a-day practices combined with evening meetings and walk-throughs.
"When we get on the practice field, it's tempo-based," Warehime says. "You don't do a lot of the slow pace, so sometimes it's hard to learn when everything's at the ballistic tempo.
"It's valuable for the young guys and the vets to slow things down, get quality reps in practice and then meet to make sure we're on the same page, walk through so we're on the same page - so we can eliminate those mistakes before we get to the practice field."
The coaching staff will hone in on the players they think will get on the field later on in camp. For now, it's all hands on deck.
"We don't have a lot of depth," Mills says, "so we're going to have to rely on a lot of young players."