Spring Football Week 2 Recap

Posted on Apr 1 2015 - 8:15am by Ethan Moore
Photo - Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America

Photo – Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America

The football squad has been hard at it for a few days and the staff wants to see more players step up a seize their opportunities.  Here are a few blurbs from the practice fields….

*This is a crucial week for the offense.

“We, as an offense need to develop this week,” McGee said. “We need to take a big jump forward with our progression on offense. We have some playmakers out there, but we need to put it all together.”

The progression at the quarterback position has been an interesting battle with three players competing for the lead in the quarterback race. Tyler Ferguson, Reggie Bonnafon and Kyle Bolin are in a three-headed race this spring with Will Gardner sitting out due to injury.

For Ferguson, playing with the veterans is his first real test in the Petrino offense, but he feels like he is starting to pick it up.

“It’s going good so far,” Ferguson said. “I think it’s a lot with the installs. I think the install days are tough. We are learning a lot of plays in the morning and in the meetings then we come out and execute those plays. I think once we get through the installs and get rolling this week, I think we will start to see progress.”

Ferguson has a huge arm, and “can really throw it around,” according to Petrino. However, Ferguson is just trying focus this spring on every aspect of the offense. “I’m just learning to be consistent,” Ferguson said. “I think the staff knows I can make all the throws, but it’s just being consistent on the little things. It’s a lot of the dame stuff at Penn State, but its new terminology. It’s just learning all the new stuff, which I got a head start on last season running with the young guys.”

*The C-J’s Jeff Greer offers up his take on the QB battle.

Bolin said the biggest difference with McGee and head coach Bobby Petrino, in their second season at U of L, is their expectations. Both coaches, Bolin said, now know what their returning players are capable of, and they expect them to know where the ball should go.

“We’ve already been through it,” Bolin said. “Last year was sort of getting in, getting a feel for how certain guys react to certain coaching staffs and how they coach you. And it’s also just learning the foundation of the playbook. Now that we’ve all been through it, we need to be more in-depth with the offense.”


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