pace is a little slower and the pressure isn’t as much. It gives you the chance to learn how to make good reads on coverage without the pass rush being in your face.”
On one particular play, Anderson showed the benefits of that slower pace when, after taking the ball on a snap, he stood back, scanned the field and allowed Trey Smith’s route to develop to the point where Smith was streaking down the middle of the field wide open.
Anderson through a perfect spiral to Smith who caught it in stride for a touchdown against Meadowcreek.
It was a positive play, which in itself was enough to elicit good feelings. But the fact that it also came against a Meadowcreek team that is on Alcovy’s schedule for 2017 was a bonus.
“The fact that we’re gonna see these guys in the season is good, because playing them now gives us a chance to see a little bit of how they are,” Anderson said.
Anderson also noted that the 7-on-7 summer sessions give him an opportunity to mesh with his receivers, which is critical for passing game success in the fall.
But lest you think it’s only an offensive thing, hear what junior linebacker Logan Wyatt has to say.
“A lot of times as a linebacker, you’re going to be looking to stop the run,” Wyatt said. “But these moments just give us the opportunity to also get work in on our pass coverage as linebackers.”
Wyatt is one of a corp of three fresh faces who will likely start at linebacker when Alcovy kicks off the 2017 campaign with a home game against Duluth on Friday August 18. So as far as he’s concerned, every rep he can get counts, no matter the style of football it happens in.
“I’m just hoping to gain the experience I need to play well,” Wyatt said. “I feel like I’ve worked on my speed and getting bigger since last year, so more experience will definitely help me.”
If nothing else, Edgar says it gives his squad a chance to see how it stacks up against players other than what they see from each other in practice every day.
“You know, you’ve got 32 teams out here, and some of these guys are really solid players,” Edgar said. “But I keep telling our guys, we have the skill position talent and the speed and athleticism and all of that to compete at a high level with these guys. So when they’re able to get out here and do it against other people than themselves, it just helps build that confidence. We’re still trying to build here, and (Friday) definitely helped the process.”