Insider: Lobos to work on 40-second clock, more from Monday
April 28, 2014 at 4:25 p.m.
Speed and pace of play was the name of the game Monday as Longview kicked off the second week of spring practice.
That will culminate on Tuesday when Practice No. 5 of the spring slate will be focused on the switch to the 40-second clock this upcoming season. The team portion of Tuesday's practice will be a scrimmage setting complete with officials as well as the 40-second clock.
In the fall, the clock will start as soon as the previous play ends, compared to the 25-second clock starting once officials marked the spot. Longview's on-field clock was converted to start at 40. (Schools have the option of 25 or 40 second clocks)
Longview head coach John King said Tuesday's scrimmage setting will not only give players the chance to see the change but as well as coaches calling plays. Look for a in-depth story on the change coming in the News-Journal.
Other tidbits from Monday:
<ul> <li>Dezmond Chumley joined the Lobos on the football field for the first time this spring since baseball ended on Friday. Chumley – who was listed at 6-0, 187-pounds during Longview's Ironman Challenge – looked relaxed back on the field. He's noticeably bigger and his speed remains the same, clocking a 4.43 40 time during the Ironman. </li> <li>"This was really his first time to get out there and throw the ball, really since baseball began district," Longview offensive coordinator Chris Vallery said. "It was a first day for him, just knocking the rust off but he had some nice throws and made some good decisions."</li> <li>Chumley's first pass of Longview's first-team offense against the first-team defense was a 40-yard scoring strike to junior wide receiver Jon Sorey over the middle.</li> <li>Antonio Carter also had a nice grab across the middle about 25 yards away. Chumley also had two nice runs on options. Carter is also taking first-team reps at deep snapper</li> <li>Senior kick Andres Perez was impressive as he assumes punting duties as well, booting several kicks over 40 yards during the special teams portion of practice.</li> <li>Longview continued to show the depth in the backfield on Monday with junior running back Tylan Miller getting first-team reps with JaMycal Hasty still running track. Senior fullback Marquies Hunter (6-0, 265) was absent from Monday's practice, given junior fullback Austin Moore (5-10, 247) plenty of reps as well. There will be plenty of size and speed in the backfield, no doubt. Decrayvan Polk also took reps at tailback and was impressive, getting raves from Hasty, who was in attendance in shorts and a helmet, on the sidelines. "Tailback U," proclaimed the Baylor commit. (Thanks to Dan Sorey for the clarification)</li> <li>Another name that has made my notes each practice is tight end Emanuel Gordon, both in the pass skeleton portion as well as the running portion – a true duel threat for Longview.</li> <li>Monday's first-team offensive line consisted of Broderick Washington (6-3, 285), Marcus Polk (5-9, 286), Johnathan Sneed (Center, 5-9, 245), Zach Gipson (5-9, 291) and Travion Nelson (6-0, 222).</li> <li>Taking reps on the first-team defensive line were: Omar French (6-2, 212), Trevor Allison (5-10, 252), Stacy Nelson (5-10, 226) and Kybrin Sheridan (5-11, 197)</li> <li>I'll look further at the Lobo defense later this week but some standouts from Monday were: LB Jaylon Jackson (5-10, 203), LB Bryan Gilliland (6-0, 187), DB Travian Clayborn (5-7, 138) and DB Ameron Dean (5-9, 154).</li> <li>Senior offensive lineman and returning starter Broderick Washington picked up offers from Arkansas State and Lamar University, who were both in attendance on Monday. First two for Washington, whose been very impressive in spring practice thus far.</li> </ul>
I'll be back at Lobo Stadium tomorrow for the live scrimmage portion. The Lobos will hold practice No. 6 during the athletic period on Wednesday.
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