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Stockstill pleased with intensity, effort on Monday

First half of practice dedicated to kicking game

August 23, 2010 · Athletic Communications

STOCKSTILL THOUGHTS ON MONDAY'S PRACTICE: We had not practiced since Friday morning, and then missed Saturday because of the rain, but we taxed them pretty good Sunday because it was so hot out here. We held out some of the guys that we were going to hold out anyway on Saturday night.

I thought today was a much better practice than the last four or five we've had. All of our quarterbacks are continuing to get better. Jeff (Murphy) has a little farther to go than the other two, just because this is only his 20th practice session. The grasp of the offense, and the speed of the game, he is starting to get better in those two areas. Logan (Kilgore) is doing okay, and Dwight has had a good two and a half weeks. All of them are getting better.

STOCKSTILL ON KICKING THE GAME: We are just looking for improvement. This was the second time we have worked on the kicking game since last Monday. We got a better idea of which freshmen might be able to help us. A week ago, we were still in the "finding out" stage with some guys. We've had some guys get hurt since then, so we've had to put some other guys in trying to build some depth in the kicking game. We want to make sure we are executing and getting better in each phase.

STOCKSTILL ON TEMPO OF PRACTICE: I liked our tempo today. I thought it was a lot better than it's been since last Wednesday. And last week, we could never get in any rhythm. We were a little bit tired and the rain messed up our schedule which had something to do with our rhythm. I thought today was really good from an effort standpoint. Their effort, their intensity, and their enthusiasm, both mentally and physically, were good today.

STOCKSTILL ABOUT THE SEASON OPENER TEN DAYS AWAY: We are not even talking about it. Right now, all we are concerned about is ourselves. We try to get better every day and worry about ourselves. We have a long way to go before ten days gets here. We just focus on getting better each day.

TODAY'S FUN BLUE RAIDER QUESTIONS WITH SENIOR EVON LETTSOME
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? Josh Walker - Dirty Walk
3. Which one of your teammates would be the most likely to appear on "Survivor"? LB David Jones
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? John Heath
7. What Super Hero would you like to be? Hancock
8. What food did your mother have to make you eat as a youngster before you left the table? Sweet Peas
9. What song would you pick to be played when the Blue Raiders run out onto the field before a home game? I'm not Afraid

TODAY'S FUN BLUE RAIDER QUESTIONS WITH SENIOR CHRIS HAWKINS
1. What Blue Raider would do the best on "Dancing with the Stars"? Mark Fisher
2. Who has the best nickname on the team, and what is it? Jesse Grisham - Key
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? S Jeremy Kellem
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? Prince
7. What Super Hero would you like to be? Batman
8. What food did your mother have to make you eat as a youngster before you left the table? Onions
9. What song would you pick to be played when the Blue Raiders run out onto the field before a home game? Anything 1980s

NEXT PRACTICE: The Blue Raiders will practice on Tuesday at 6:00 PM. The practice is CLOSED.

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