Jags Practice Report
Offensive Player of the Day: Malik Stanley, Jr., WR, Topeka, Kan.
-Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent on Stanley: "Malik was really making strides in fall camp before he banged his ankle up and missed a couple of days. He's been back the last few days and got right back in his groove making plays and running crisp routes. Malik is a big, long guy who is starting to be what we expected him to be."
Defensive Player of the Day: Darrell Songy, Sr., LB, New Orleans, La.
-Defensive coordinator Kane Wommack on Songy: "Darrell has tried to do everything right since he has been here. He's learned this defense inside and out and he gives every bit of energy he has, which you can see from the amount of sweat that he gives in practice every day. It is just a testament to his will to work and the energy that he creates for our defense."
Play of the Day: During fifth play of the first-team unit's first series of downs during the 7-on-7 skeleton drill Cole Garvin's pass deflected off Sa'Mory Collier's hands, but Andrew Reinkemeyer was able to come down with the ball just shy of the end zone and run it in for a 21-yard touchdown.
Team period highlights: South ran three team periods on Thursday beginning with a 10-minute session working on third-and short and third-and-medium distances. USA also had a 30-minute team period during the middle of the two-hour practice session running off 49 plays rotating in the first- and second-team offensive and defensive units against each other. The final team period featured South focusing on its two-minute offense.
-In addition to the three team periods, South Alabama also ran two special teams segments wit the first working on kickoff returns and the second focusing on punt returns.
-During the 30-minute team period during the middle of practice, Garvin went 8-of-12, hitting his first six pass attempts to start the period.
-Rocel McWilliams nearly made the play of the day during the team same segment as he dropped back in zone coverage and nearly made a leaping interception grab at the line on a screen pass to the running back.
-Neiko Robinson also had an interception during the extended team period.
-The defense closed out the team period segments recording stops on both offensive possessions during the two-minute drill as Robinson and A.J. DeShazor each ended drives with an interception.
-The first-team defensive unit set the tone on the first play of the drill as McWilliams recorded a sack.
Head coach Joey Jones
-On where he feels his team is heading into tomorrow's mock scrimmage: "As a coach, you never think you are where you need to be, but I'm real pleased with the progress we've made. We've made a tone of progress from the start of camp until now. We just have to keep working to get better."
-On Cole Garvin's performance during the practice session: "I thought Cole had a great day; he threw the ball really well. Dallas [Davis] also threw the ball really well. Those two guys continue to push each other and it's fun to watch."
-On shifting from the camp format to more a game week format: "It's exciting for our players. We've been putting in work since January to get to this point. We've almost had four weeks of camp and when you go through that long of a time, you're ready to look for somebody else to work on. It's exciting to watch film on Ole Miss and knowing how sharp we are going to have to be when we play those guys."
-On where the team has made the most progression since day one of fall camp: "I think it's in our offensive line; they've gotten better. They were getting knocked around early in camp by our defensive line; they got wiped a little bit during the first scrimmage or two, but since then they've gotten better and better. They are now holding their own against a really good defensive front, which is good for them. If we can gel right there, it'll make things better for us offensively."
Up next: South Alabama will hold a mock scrimmage on campus on Friday afternoon beginning at 2:45 p.m. before taking Saturday off. The scrimmage is closed to the public.