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August 18, 2009

Kenosha Day 2: Davie shines again

KENOSHA, Wis. -- Northwestern ran a full-pad single practice midday Tuesday at Camp Kenosha on the heels of a double session Monday. The Wildcats return to two-a-day action on Wednesday.

Here is the Official Practice Report from Tuesday:

THE WEATHER: Monday's front activity cleared out and gave way to sunshine with a high wispy cloud ceiling on Tuesday with temperatures hovering in the upper 70's and low 80's. With ample sunshine, all-in-all it was a perfect day at Camp Kenosha.

THE PRACTICE: The Wildcats went 19 periods Tuesday afternoon, concluding with six periods of TEAM practice, which is full 11-on-11 action. As with Monday's first session, Tuesday featured plenty of hard hitting.

Here are some highlights from the practice:

  • For the second-straight day, junior linebacker Quentin Davie (St. Louis, Mo./Cardinal Ritter) de-cleated a superback during running back/superback blocking drills. Later on in the drill running back Scott Concannon (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) took out a much larger rushing opponent, causing an explosion of excitement from running back's coach Matt MacPherson.

  • In one-on-one wide receiver/defensive back drills, true freshman Mike Jensen (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./The Bishop's School) made a very nice interception cutting in front of the receiver.

  • Senior cornerback Sherrick McManis (Peoria, Ill./Richwoods) made several nice defensive plays in 1-on-1 drills before senior Kevin Frymire (Burr Ridge, Ill./Nazareth Academy) shielded him well enough for a great over-the-shoulder catch on a deep ball from Dan Persa (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty).

  • In full 11-on-11 TEAM action, the defense made a couple of nice interceptions, including a diving grab by Jordan Mabin (Northfield Center, Ohio/Nordonia) on a ball tipped by safety Brad Phillips (Export, Pa./Franklin Regional). Offensively, true freshman running back Arby Fields (Alta Loma, Calif./Los Osos) broke away for an over-the-shoulder catch deep in the secondary and later caught a ball out of the backfield and turned upfield, eluding the grasps of several charging linebackers.

  • Also during 11-on-11, head coach Pat Fitzgerald was standing in the area normally occupied by the umpire. When a throw came zooming over the middle, Fitz was able to dispel with all of his Hall of Fame linebacker instincts to intercept the ball, instead impressively barrel rolling out of the way.

  • NEXT UP: Northwestern returns to the field for a double session Wednesday with the first practice getting underway at approximately 8:30 a.m. CT.



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