April 14, 2009
Defense rules on day full of blitzing
After what seemed like a long weekend break from spring drills for Texas A&M, the Aggies were back on the practice fields Tuesday for two sessions once again. Blitz packages and blitz pick-up was the work for the day, and once again the defense dominated the practice scoreboard.
But it's not that much of a surprise when thinking about, especially when nine of the 18 offensive linemen in spring practice were held out with injuries. Basically, the defense ruled the day with Von Miller the major contributor to sacks and hits behind the line of scrimmage.
"This morning I thought it went really well, the guys played really fast and we had great tempo, and then this afternoon we did some good things. We did a lot of blitzing today so the offense was at a little bit of a disadvantage. We're a little behind on our blitz pick-up," said A&M head coach Mike Sherman. "I was excited about our defense and they were running their blitzes pretty efficiently and they were getting through to the quarterback, so I'm happy for one side of the ball and unhappy for the other side that couldn't pick it up. But that's how it usually is in the spring that the defense would be a little bit ahead in the blitz part, but it's a huge part of the game."
Kevin Matthews, Lee Grimes and Lucas Patterson have been held out the entire spring due to rehabbing from injuries suffered during the 2008 season, but other offensive linemen have joined them on the sidelines throughout the spring including Josh Ayers, Chris Lathrop, LeRoy Chevalier, Price Ferguson and Matt Rankin. Tuesday, Brian Thomas was held out of practice, leaving the offensive line extremely short-handed when dealing with the constant blitzing.
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