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Stockstill not pleased with morning practice

Gendreau on Lou Groza Watch List

August 20, 2010 · Athletic Communications

STOCKSTILL ON FRIDAY'S PRACTICE SESSION: "I thought it was as bad a practice as we have had this camp. I know their legs are tired. I know we've got a bunch of people hurt, but that is no excuse. I was very disappointed in a handful of them, how they mentally approached practice today. That's not to say everybody did bad, but we are not a very good football team right now. I told them that all this junk in the paper about winning 11 or 12 games is all it is, junk. We have to prove it on the field, and we're not doing it right now. We've got to get better here in a hurry because we are not a very good team right now."

STOCKSTILL ON SATURDAY NIGHT'S SCRIMMAGE: "Hopefully we will execute better this Saturday than last Saturday. We need to protect the ball better. We need to play faster; I hope our tempo will be good, I hope our execution is right. It won't be about Minnesota, we haven't started scheming for them yet. Its about us and trying to get better at what we can control, our effort, our assignments, how fast we can play, and of course our execution."

STOCKSTILL ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE TO THIS POINT: "Of course, coming in to camp the defensive line was a concern. I think Jamari Lattimore, Dwight Smith, and Emmanuel Perez have really had a good camp. They practice hard, they practice the way we expect them to practice, mentally as well as physically. They are good football players. Everybody else is still a work in progress, and we are trying to find a two-deep right now, so here in the next five or six days, we've got to come up with some guys at those positions."

GENDREAU ON LOU GROZA WATCH LIST: Junior placekicker Alan Gendreau is one of 30 players on the 2010 Lou Groza Award Pre-Season Watch List as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Friday.

Gendreau, a semi-finalist for the 2009 Lou Groza Award, was a first team All-SBC selection last year after connecting on 18 of 22 field goals and 50 of 51 extra points. Gendreau's 18 field goals, 104 points, and 12 consecutive made three-pointers were all new school records in 2009. The Apopka, Fla., native hit the game-winning field goal in the Blue Raiders' upset at Maryland a year ago.

Kickers on the Lou Groza Award Watch List were chosen based on statistics from the 2009 season and 2010 pre-season expectations. The Groza Committee will be watching all FBS kickers during the season, and releasing a weekly "Stars of the Week" feature on www.lougrozaaward.com.

Accomplishments are tabulated throughout the season and the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award announces its 20 semi-finalists on Friday, October 29, 2010. From this list, a panel of over 300 experts selects the top three (3) finalists for the award by Monday, November 22, 2010. That same group then selects the national winner which will be announced Thursday, December 9, 2010, during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Award Show, broadcast live from Orlando, FL.

2010 Pre-season Lou Groza Award Watch List: Casey Barth (UNC), Tyler Bitancurt (West Virginia), Matt Bosher (Miami), Kyle Brotzman (Boise State), Wes Byrum (Auburn), Stefan Demos (Northwestern), Ross Evans (TCU), Erik Folk (Washington), Kai Forbath (UCLA), Alan Gendreau (Middle Tennessee), Kevin Goessling (Fresno State), Alex Henery (Nebraska), Dustin Hopkins (Florida State), Daniel Hutchins (Pittsburgh), Josh Jasper (LSU), Justin Kahut (Oregon State), Spencer Lanning (South Carolina), Daniel Murray (Iowa), Joe Phillips (Utah), Robert Randolph (Virginia), Grant Ressel (Missouri), Will Snyderwine (Duke), Erik Soderberg (Air Force), Jimmy Stevens (Oklahoma), Caleb Sturgis (Florida), Nick Tousch (Notre Dame), Blair Walsh (Georgia), Thomas Weber (Arizona State), Nate Whitaker (Stanford), and Alex Zendejas (Arizona).

TODAY'S FUN BLUE RAIDER QUESTIONS WITH SENIOR JAMARI LATTIMORE
1. What Blue Raider would do the best on "Dancing with the Stars"? Dearco Nolan
2. Who has the best nickname on the team, and what is it? Marquise Dixon - Slide
3. Which one of your teammates would be the most likely to appear on "Survivor"? OL Colin Boss
4. What teammate would most likely get involved in politics? OL Mark Fisher
5. From the Twilight series, do you like Team Edward or Team Jacob? Team Jacob
6. Who should be the next judge on American Idol? Coach Stockstill
7. What Super Hero would you like to be? The Mask
8. What food did your mother have to make you eat as a youngster before you left the table? Pizza
9. What song would you pick to be played when the Blue Raiders run out onto the field before a home game? Ice Berg

TODAY'S FUN BLUE RAIDER QUESTIONS WITH SENIOR JARRETT CRITTENTON
1. What Blue Raider would do the best on "Dancing with the Stars"? Craig Allen
2. Who has the best nickname on the team, and what is it? Darin Davis - Wild Bill
3. Which one of your teammates would be the most likely to appear on "Survivor"? OL Colin Boss
4. What teammate would most likely get involved in politics? OL Jeremiah Black
5. From the Twilight series, do you like Team Edward or Team Jacob? Don't know either team
6. Who should be the next judge on American Idol? Coach Steve Ellis
7. What Super Hero would you like to be? Iron Man
8. What food did your mother have to make you eat as a youngster before you left the table? Nothing really
9. What song would you pick to be played when the Blue Raiders run out onto the field before a home game? Pretty Boy Swagg

FOOTBALL HIGHLIGHT VIDEO IS READY: "March to New Orleans", presented by The Cavender Financial Group, is on its way to season ticket holders who took advantage of the early bird renewal special after the 2009 New Orleans Bowl and is available for sale in local stores.

The 49-minute video is a permanent record of the memorable 2009 season that included wins over Memphis and Maryland, the first visit to Floyd Stadium by an SEC team, a seven-game winning streak to close out the year, and the New Orleans Bowl victory over Southern Mississippi. Chocked full of highlights, the story of the incredible season is told from the point of view of many of the players and Coach Rick Stockstill.

"March to New Orleans" is on sale for $20 per copy at the Floyd Stadium Ticket Office, Lightning's Locker Room, Phillips Bookstore, The Learning Circle, and Reeves-Sain Drug Store.

NEXT PRACTICE: Following Friday nights practice, the Blue Raiders will practice on Saturday at 5:15 PM. The practice is CLOSED.

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