Practice Report, Wednesday

DE Chris Strong

The Rebel offense won the Black Shirt scrimmage, an annual mock game between the non-starters, and frosh Wide Receiver Lionel Breaux, with two TD receptions from QB Jevan Snead, was named the game's MVP. Read Coach O's comments about the workout inside. Photos included.

Freshman Wide Receiver Lionel Breaux caught a couple of TD passes from QB Jevan Snead as the Offense defeated the Defense 38-33 in the annual Bloack Shirt scrimmage.

Breaux was named the game's Most Valuable Player for his performance.

"Lionel had a big day and caught some excellent passes. He was our MVP," Coach Ed Orgeron commented.

The workout concluded this week's practices and included most "non-starters." Some regular backups were held out, but every team member played a part in the fun event held every year during the open week.

"Everyone had a lot of fun. The guys playing were fired up, the starters were into it getting them going, the coaches were excited about it. It's just a good deal all around," said a smiling Orgeron. "They competed and got after each other. It started in meetings today when everyone was jawing back and forth and getting jacked up for it. We had a lot of fun with it.

"I thought Chris Strong, Jevan Snead, Lionel Breaux, Cordera Eason, Jeremy McGee - a lot of guys played well today. Michael Herrick threw the ball real well today too."

Strong, playing defensive end in the scrimamge, particularly caught Orgeron's eye.

"Chris really had a big day. He was all over the field. We put him at defensive end today to see what he can do there. We are not sure where he'll end up but he did a nice job today for sure," Orgeron continued.

Coach O was impressed with Snead's decision-making ability and his escapability from pressure and the rush.

"The offensive line was a little out of synch today because they had not been able to work all the new plays we had in yet, but Jevan adjusted to it and did some real good things in the run game and in the passing game," O stated. "Both he and Michael showed the ability to avoid the rush and get throws off."

The Rebel offense, coached by GA Joel Rodriguez, ran mostly a spread look in the scrimmage. Orgeron has hinted at some recent QB Club meetings the Rebels may go to more of a spread look in the future. The scrimmage incorporated some of that with Snead and Herrick running the show from the shotgun a majority of the time.

At center, converted DL Daverin Geralds was holding down the fort.

"Daverin or Rishaw Johnson could be our center next year. It's good to get them some work there now and to know we will have them in the spring," Orgeron noted. "If you get a JC guy in here and he doesn't get in here until August, it's hard to learn everything."

Orgeron said Monday he wanted to use this scrimmage as a gauge to cement his thoughts on some recruiting decisions that will have to be made.

"I saw what I needed to see," he stated. "This scrimmage will help in our evaluations and in the direction we are going in recruiting."

The Spirit staff - Jeff Roberson, Yancy Porter and Chase Parham - made some observations about some of the youngsters who stood out in the scrimmage. We will compile those into a story for tomorrow afternoon.

The following are a few photos from the scrimamge. The media was invited out to witness it for roughly an hour.


Photos by Chuck Rounsaville
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