Defensive Observations: Practice No. 4

Defensive Observations

  • The linebackers have really stepped up their play now that the pads are on. Mike Taylor appears to be the vocal leader of the group, while Antonio Morrison and Jarrad Davis have been running with the first team.
  • Davis blew somebody up on the far field during 11-on-11 work and Taylor would have had a sack on Jeff Driskel if not for the quarterback being in a red non-contact jersey.
  • Jabari Gorman has been the standout at safety. The senior picked off Driskel today on a beautiful diving snag and broke up several other passes.
  • Darious Cummings was not at practice today.
  • Jordan Sherit had a large brace on his right elbow and was in non-contact drills.
  • Jay-nard Bostwick worked at nose tackle today in the absence of Cummings. Bostwick does a very good job of taking on two blockers and looks like a natural playing 0-technique.
  • Bryan Cox Jr. is really struggling to disengage from blocks but is tenacious in pursuit.
  • Dante Fowler continues to give the offensive line trouble. He’s working on limited reps but he’s his normal disruptive self.
  • Jarrad Davis absolutely blew somebody up on the far field. I couldn’t tell who it was but it earned a nice reaction from his teammates.
  • Marcell Harris drew the ire of Will Muschamp again today. Harris is definitely getting coached hard this spring but he’s responding to it well and getting better.
  • Jalen Tabor locked down just about everybody that was put in front of him today. Tabor hasn’t been as physical as I expected him to be but he looked great in coverage today.
  • Vernon Hargreaves was his normal self today. He had a nice play where he leveled Ahmad Fulwood, which got a rise out of the defensive backs and Travaris Robinson. Joker Phillips sent Fulwood for a lap after the rep.
  • Duke Dawson continues to get better. He had a big hit on Kelvin Taylor in 7-on-7 drills today.
  • Keanu Neal missed practice again today.
  • Jon Bullard made a nice stop on a running play today. He’s working at strong-side defensive end and some defensive tackle.
  • Brian Poole is definitely more comfortable playing nickel then he is outside. Good news for him is that Tabor seems to be locking down a starting spot opposite Hargreaves island and Duke Dawson can play outside as well as inside. Poole made some nice plays in practice No. 4 and continues to be one of the most physical cornerbacks on the roster.
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Nick de la Torre
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