Blue Raiders work out on turf Friday

Game week preparations are underway

August 25, 2006 · MT Media Relations


DAILY STOCK REPORT FROM HEAD COACH RICK STOCKSTILL: On Game Week Mode: "We started game week preparations and focus for FIU on Wednesday. We studied them earlier in the year, but we have not put in a gameplan until this week."

"Game week really changes what we do in practice from camp. Our first team players are getting most of the reps right now because we simply do not have a solid group of second team players. We are still trying to figure that out and it might take us awhile. It's time for those guys to start stepping up."

On Monday's Upcoming Practice: "With Monday being the first day of classes you can count on it being our worst practice of the the year. The kids have to get books, go to class, and everything else you have to deal with on a first day. There is just so much going on that it makes it very hard to have a productive practice. It is that way everywhere I have been."

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We know a lot about our team but we will know even more after we have gone to war together, which is something we will not do until Thursday," said Manny Diaz, defensive coordinator. "We are happy to be at a starting point in game week because we are all anxious to get things kicked off. We are all like kids in a car repeating over and over 'are we there yet'."

MAKING UP FOR LOST TIME: Reggie Doucet, a senior corner from Prunedale, Calif., believes he has some making up to do. It's not that Doucet has a lot of ground to cover in terms of the depth chart because he has spent a great deal of camp at the top of it.

However, after transferring from El Camino Junior College for the 2005 season, Doucet believes he wasn't able to help the team as much as he would have liked. The 6-0, 190-pounder played in all 11 games with the Blue Raiders in 2005 with most of his action coming on special teams.

"Last year hurt me a lot because I was a transfer and I mainly played special teams," Doucet said. "This is my last year so I want to come out hard every day like it's my last. We are pretty strong at the corner positions with Roy Polite, Bradley Robinson, Jordan Wilson, and me, so I think we are good and we have speed. The secondary as a whole is really good, safeties included. I just want to do my part."

Because of a strong spring and off-season, coupled with a consistent showing in fall camp, Doucet is getting his opportunity.

"Reggie still hasn't played but he's had an opportunity during this (camp) because he had a good summer, he's worked hard, and when some people got hurt he has taken advantage of the opportunity," Stockstill said. "He hasn't relinquished the job yet. I think he's getting better but he has so far to go technique-wise and fundamentally that he's got to be perfect on every snap and if he's not then he's giving up some plays. He's getting better, he works hard, and it's just the little things right now-fundamentals and technique-that he has to improve."

GILMORE TAKES BLUE RAIDERS: Twelve experts from ESPN picked their conference winners for 2006 and the Networks Rod Gilmore went with the Blue Raiders to win the Sun Belt. Of the 12 panelists, nine went with Louisiana- Lafayette, one with Troy, one with North Texas, and one with Middle Tennessee.

NEXT PRACTICE: The Blue Raiders will practice on Saturday morning at 10:45 AM.

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