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Wednesday practice report

Postby PonyPride » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:40 am

• NT Mike O'Guin suffered what appeared to be a significant knee injury Wednesday when rushing the quarterback during an 11-on-11 drill. O'Guin was carted off with an air cast on his left leg, but the severity of his injury is not yet known.

• With Kevin Pope working at linebacker and Billy Dugal running with the scout team offense, Darryl Fields and Bryce Lunday were the only RBs working in position drills with RBs coach Wes Suan.

• DE Taylor Thompson is out for the rest of spring drills after undergoing surgery to repair a slight tear in his labrum. The surgery is very similar to that performed on fellow DE Margus Hunt; both are expected to be fully healed in time for summer conditioning and preseason workouts in August. Szymon Czerniak worked at left DE in Thompson's place.

• Because of the lack of depth at defensive end and the glut of linebackers, freshman Forrest Hagar, who sat out the fall semester as a greyshirt, has been moved to defensive end, where he played in high school.

• Bryce Tennison and Blake McJunkin continued to rotate taking snaps at center with the first-team offense (with regular starters LT Kelvin Beachum, Jr., LG Josh LeRibeus, RG Kelly Turner and RT J.T. Brooks). The second-team line consisted of LT Josh Emshoff, LG Bryan Collins, C McJunkin/Tennison, RG Jordan Free and RT Christian Miller.

• Walk-on WR Steve McCormack was pulled out of drills when he felt a pull in his hamstring. He spent the rest of practice with an ice pack strapped to his leg. After practice, he said he felt the muscle pull, but didn't think it was torn. McCormack said he does not yet know whether he'll miss any practice time.

• The same cast of characters sat out practice today: RB Zach Line (back), WR Kyle Guinyard (knee), WR Chayse Joubert (knee), LB Randy McKinnon (awaiting NCAA approval for an extra year), DE Hunt (shoulder), SR Larry Centers, Jr. (hand) and now Thompson.

• It seems to be human nature that players enjoy getting the chance to play other positions, like basketball forwards and centers getting the chance to bring the ball upcourt, or pitchers getting a chance to pinch-run. During the Mustangs' special teams drills, Jordan Free fought through an obvious hold, scooped up a fumble and carried three players toward the goal line before getting tripped and dragged to the ground. Moments later, in the same drill, Blake McJunkin scooped up a fumble and scored.

• Wednesday marked the first time this spring that the players have hit each other in an 11-on-11 format. They still aren't working in full pads — players are in helmets and shoulder pads, but still wearing shorts — but the linemen, in particular, seemed to enjoy releasing a little aggression. There were no actual fights, but several players continued to push and shove after plays were over.

• For the second time in as many days, local players who signed national letters of intent in February to play in 2011 for the Mustangs visited while on spring break from their high schools. NT Rishaad Wimbley was at practice Tuesday, while OT Kris Weeks and DL Zach Wood visited Wednesday.

• One of the better defensive plays was turned in by LB (at least for now) Kevin Pope, who shadowed WR Cole Beasley over the middle and stripped the ball from him after Beasley made the catch. Defensive coordinator Tom Mason raved about Pope's ability to pick up the system in his first week with the SMU defense.

• Wednesday's practice included several visitors: Hartford Colonials (and former Hawaii assistant) coach Jerry Glanville, former Hawaii and Washington Redskins quarterback Colt Brennan and former Hawaii and Miami Dolphins WR Ryan Grice-Mullen.

• After practice, WR Aldrick Robinson (and Grice-Mullen) caught passes from Brennan. Paying close attention was a scout from the Philadelphia Eagles.
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby NickSMU17 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:12 pm

Stuff like this, see below, worries me...

• DE Taylor Thompson is out for the rest of spring drills after undergoing surgery to repair a slight tear in his labrum. The surgery is very similar to that performed on fellow DE Margus Hunt; both are expected to be fully healed in time for summer conditioning and preseason workouts in August. Szymon Czerniak worked at left DE in Thompson's place.


Hope all the powerlifting we do isnt what tears up these shoulders....
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby PonyKai » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:26 pm

Not surprised given who's running the program . . .
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby RGV Pony » Wed Apr 13, 2011 12:36 pm

to hockeyguy yeah, and it was referenced not long ago.

Labrum injuries are usually from falling on an outstretched arm or an overhead motion like serving a tennis ball or throwing etc.

Here's a full article on the hypothesis of football-related and/or weightlifting related mechanism of labrum injury..one thing it discusses is another possible mechanism, that is engaging a blocker much the same way our DEs do, that is "The proposed mechanism of injury was blocking of an opponent when the shoulder is positioned in 90° of flexion with the elbows locked. With contact, the shoulder undergoes a posteriorly directed force leading to a significant shearing force that is transferred to the posterior labrum":

http://www.ajronline.org/cgi/content/full/188/1/193
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby ponyboy » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:46 pm

Thanks RGV. That seems to explain it. Still, where was the DeLaura program discussed? Be interested in the degree to which he's employing high force lifting techniques.
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby Cadillac » Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:29 pm

PonyPride wrote:The second-team line consisted of LT Josh Emshoff, LG Bryan Collins, C McJunkin/Tennison, RG Jordan Free and RT Christian Miller.


This is good to see. In another post I was trying to project the 2012 Starting Oline, with certain caveats, and this line is pretty close to what I was seeing. The exception being Christian Miller, who lost out to Ben Gottschalk on my projection.

Its worth noting that Miller greshirted the 2009 year, then Redshirted 2010, and still has four years to play. He's got the size to play tackle (with time to add more bulk if needed). I've got high hopes for him in the future.

I'm curious what they plan to do with Offensive Center, but Taylor Lasecki was being specifically recruited for the position. It seems a bit odd for your depth chart to consist of 2 seniors and a HS Freshman, but that looks like the case. Has anyone else been working out at Center?

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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby d_pony » Wed Apr 13, 2011 2:39 pm

he first injured his shoulder in a game towards the end of last season - he played his last couple of games injured and was not as effective -
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby High Horse » Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:04 pm

Doesn't Ben Gottschalk have mono? Might be the reason he's not practicing.
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby Junior » Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:44 pm

High Horse wrote:Doesn't Ben Gottschalk have mono? Might be the reason he's not practicing.

hadn't heard or seen that before now.
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby smudubs » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:04 pm

High Horse wrote:Doesn't Ben Gottschalk have mono? Might be the reason he's not practicing.


If this is true, do we need to start questioning the nature of the relationship between Gottschalk and Kaiser? :lol:
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby Roach » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:41 pm

Classy. :roll:

Would love to have seen Free and McJunkin toting the rock!
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby ozfan » Thu Apr 14, 2011 2:23 am

Joey Fontana is listed on the spring roster but is he taking part in practice.
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby No Quarter » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:07 am

I have enjoyed reading about O'Guin since he signed and was sorry to learn he had gotten hurt. Here's hoping that however minor or serious the knee turns out to be that he can overcome it.
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby westexSMU » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:17 am

Is Gottschalk really sick ? I was surprised to see he was not working with the first or second team OLs.
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Re: Wednesday practice report

Postby mrydel » Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:38 am

Gottschalk has mono
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