Wayne's Notebook: Aug. 17, 2007

Wayne's Notebook: Aug. 17, 2007

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

The Green Wave practiced for the usual two-and-a-half hours Friday in the best weather conditions they've had so far in pre-season. When the team went to the locker room forthe 'halftime' break a light rain was falling, but by the time 'halftime' ended and the team attempted to return to the field the light rain had turned into a deluge that lasted perhaps 20 minutes, and the temperature had probably fallen 10 degrees.

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.

Another position that could show some change is tight end, where two freshmen - Tyler Helm and Antonio Duplessis - are pressing Justin Kessler for the backup job.

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.

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