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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.”

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