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Wet Weather Fails to Hamper Day Five of Spring Football Practice

March 31, 2007
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The Flames scrimmaged extensively on day five of spring practice, Saturday morning at Williams Stadium.

The Flames scrimmaged extensively on day five of spring practice, Saturday morning at Williams Stadium.

Despite a persistent, Saturday morning rain at Williams Stadium, the Liberty University football team was able to complete its most extensive practice thus far this spring, running a total of 96 plays. 

"We had eight different periods, and focused on a different aspect of the game each period," explained head coach Danny Rocco. "We'll go upstairs and watch the video and make some sense out of what we did well and what we need to continue to work on." 

The practice served as a culmination of the first five spring practices, and the Flames continued to work on first and second-down execution, both offensively and defensively. 

"At this stage in the game, I would say we've got our entire first and second down system in, including personnel groupings and the plays we're going to run," noted Rocco. 

Saturday's individual standouts included quarterback Brock Smith and linebacker Nick Hursky. "Brock is showing his talent more consistently. He's really doing a good job this spring," stated Rocco. "Nick Hursky has really stepped up his game in terms of understanding what to do and in his overall performance." 

The emphasis of practice will now change a bit, beginning on Monday. "When we come back after the weekend, we'll start working on our third-down package, our goal line package, our two-minute offense and some of those other special situations," said Rocco. 

Monday's practice at Williams Stadium, the sixth of 15 scheduled sessions this spring, is set to begin at 4:15 p.m.