CavCamp Blog: Saluting General Groh

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Al Groh

It’s difficult to appreciate the organization and military precision of an Al Groh practice without attending one. Perhaps the best way to describe it is with a military-style breakdown of Monday night’s practice, complete with observations and a few scattered opinions.

But first, let’s start with the news of the day – the biggest developments from training camp.

  • Deyon Williams and Fontel Mines , strong candidates to start at wide receiver, spent the entire practice walking around the fields. Both suffered undisclosed injuries during Sunday’s practice, but neither appears badly hurt. They walked comfortably, carrying footballs, and wore nothing (no cast or brace) that indicated a serious problem.
  • Ahmad Brooks still has not returned to practice, but he looked good running sprints and doing agility drills on the sideline.
  • Two former walk-ons, junior guard Jeff Schrad and junior safety Marshall Tucker, have been awarded scholarships and there may be more. Groh said there are “a number of pending or soon-to-be situations” with other walk-ons who may receive grants.
  • There are only three more open practices: Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. and both of Saturday’s practices (8:45 a.m. and 6:45 p.m.).

    Now shine your shoes, keep your back straight and pay attention, soldier, as we take you through today’s practice. Each mention of the time (military time, of course) signifies a blast of the air horn and a change of stations.


    Practice begins with special teams work. Michael Johnson, Emmanuel Byers , Kevin Ogletree , Mike Brown and Andrew Pearman take turns fielding punts. Johnson, Ogletree, Brown, Mikell Simpson , Cedric Peerman

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