The team responded positively to the drop in temperature, and spirits soared higher than they've been so far in preseason. It was a happy and excited team that went back onto the field for the second half of practice. The practices on Thursday and Friday were definitely the most enthusiastic thus far in preseason.
The Green Wave defensive coaches rotated a lot of players into the 11-on-11 action, substituting at least two players on every snap. This points to the substitution strategy that defensive coordinator Thom Kaumeyer is planning to implement.
On offense the quarterback battle continues. After the results of the scrimmage are digested Bob Toledo may make his decision as to whether to go with Scott Elliot, a redshirt junior, Kevin Moore, a redshirt freshman, or Anthony Scelfo, a redshirt sophomore.
At linebacker David Kirksey and Cody Sparks are fighting for the starting job at the SAM lnebacker position. Sparks was he starter at the end of spring but Kirksey took the job on the first day of preseason camp.
The Green Wave will practice twice Saturday, the first two-a-day of the 2007 preseason. The team will return to the field in light gear Saturday morning for roughly a 90-minute session. The second practice session is set for 3:30 p.m. Practice is generally open to the public.
In the afternoon session the team will don full gear and work for about two hours. The second hour will be devoted to a light scrimmage.
The Saturday scrimmage should resolve a lot of the questions about this year's team.
The Wave will open the regular season with a game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on Saturday, Sept. 8. Kick off is at 6 p.m.