Sunday, August 9, 2009

Team still feeling its way

During Sunday's practice, it was obvious.

The defense was swarming to the ball and playing with enthusiasm. The offense, on the other hand, seemed to struggle to find its rhythm.

Is this possible? Is it possible for a team to undergo such a radical change in such a short period of time? From an air-it-out unit to one which relies heavily on its defense? It certainly appears that's the way the Aggies are going to look in 2009. It's bizarre.

Anyway, the defense is playing with a fire and energy. During 11-on-11 drills, the D definitely got the better end of the offense. The group was all over the place.

"Well, we need our defense to be playing well," Walker said. "There's some great offense in this conference. It will be a good challenge week in and week out."

Chris Buckner: I'm working on a story on Buckner, who is taking control of the No. 2 cornerback position in camp.

Overall, the coaching staff seems to like him and he's worked extremely hard to become a competent cornerback. For those who don't know, Chris was a wide receiver throughout his Aggie career before voluntarily moving to cornerback last year. The kid wanted to get on the field, pure and simple.

While he struggled last year - as one would expect - Chris is physically built to play the position and it looks like he's made some big strides in the offseason.

"His technique has gotten so much better," No. 1 corner Davon House said. "He used to play high, now he's low to the ground. His backpeddle is more crisp. He's better at reading deep balls. Night and day from last year."

Two-a-days: They start today and they promise to be grueling.

Walker said that the first session will focus primarily on special teams and be, generally, a little lighter. The afternoon workouts will be full-boar.

"I can't imagine what they're going to be like," a tired House said after Sunday's practice. "It feels like we're going through it already."

Lenzmeier: I'm still trying to get a feel for the offensive line, but if you're having a tough day, go to practice and watch Jason Lenmeier coach this group. It really is awesome.

He has the makings of a great coach, someone who is passionate, constantly teaching and seems to care about his guys. He also has some amazing one-liners while the group is going through drill work. I watched the unit work for about 10 minutes on the practice field on Sunday. A few times, I found myself laughing out loud.


Anonymous said...

I think that is a good sign. I think we are going to have a very solid defense this year. I think we will win 2 or 3 more games than we wouldn't had if Hal Mumme was the coached. Our offense might not look good, but just maybe its because our defense is that good.

Anonymous said...

I love the way the defense has done a 180!
We need the offense to move the ball and all of us are worried if this is going to happen.

One thing I always admired from UNM was the O line.
Coach Lenzmeir was the reason and now he's trying to do the same with us.

Now that the team is doing two a days, I'll be able to go see them this week. I can't wait!