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8/15/12 NMU football training camp report
August 15, 2012 - Matt Wellens
MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University football team was greeted with another cool Lake Superior breeze to accompany warm temperatures on Day 7 of training camp.
Today, as you may have picked up listening to the podcast, much of the focus on the media end is on the GLIAC preseason coaches’ poll
that was released today. You can read about that here in a blog I posted earlier today.
First-year head coach Chris Ostrowsky and I discussed the league after practice today and in cliche fashion, Ostrowsky was more focused on his team than the rest of the league and where everyone fell in the voting. I don’t blame him. It’s just a meaningless poll.
I’ll be writing up a short story on his thoughts and the new makeup of the stacked North Division for tomorrow’s Mining Journal. That story will also be posted online by mid-morning.
Here now are some quick hit from practice:
— Still no senior LB Eddie Knoblock today, and that’s not a huge surprise. The team remains cautious about rushing him back.
— I’ve noticed redshirt freshman QB Ryan Morley — who is not “officially” the starter yet, but is the only QB working with the first unit offense — is starting to use his legs a lot more than in earlier practices and it started on Tuesday night. Maybe it’s designed runs, maybe he’s gaining confidence in his legs. Either way, it’s still a stark contrast to 2011 senior Carter Kopach, who had a tendency to run more than he should have last season, especially in the early goings.
— Junior WR Christian Marble-King was limited today in practice, paving the way for true freshman Sterlin Darling to get some more reps. The kid is impressive and may be the fourth best receiver out there behind Marble-King, sophomore Julian Gaines and junior Christian Jessie.
The one concern I have about Darling, who hails from Miami, Fla., is his size at 5-foot-11, a 165 pounds. That’s like half the size of some of NMU’s offensive linemen.
NMU is very deep at receiver, even with senior Lee Figures recovering from knee surgery and sophomore Josh McNeil not back with the team. Do you play Darling right away and risk an injury, or do you let the young man bulk up this year so he’s fully ready down the road. He may just be too talented to sit, however.
NMU will be holding its first scrimmage of the preseason at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, most likely inside the Superior Dome since daylight is disappearing quicker and quicker here in the soon to be Great White North again.
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