MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Fair temperatures provide a cooler setting for the Hawks regular once-a-day practice to finish the week. The Hawks completed a two-hour workout at 9 a.m. on Friday morning.
The main focus was working on blitz pick up and execution. Head coach Mike Turk said, “We worked on picking up new blitz packages on offense. Upfront we need to be more consistent on recognizing blitzes.” Turk also added, “We’ll continue to work on getting our players upfront more comfortable in these situations, so they can react and not get caught thinking.”
Defensively, the Hawks looked to take the new blitzes off the chalk board and onto the playing field. “Right now the defensive blitzes were moving fast on our offensive line to pick up,” said head coach Mike Turk.
The Hawks need several players to step up and help add depth upfront on the defensive line this season. “It was good to see Jeremy Hooks getting back on the field to provide depth upfront for the defense.” Hooks, a sophomore out of Prattville, Ala., is looking to help fill some of the gaps upfront from the graduating class.
Coach Turk had positive words to say about senior Shani Smith, “He’s been working hard and playing well in the secondary for us during camp this year.” Smith, a senior defensive back from Auburn, Al., definitely brings playing experience in the secondary with 31 games as a Hawk under his belt.
The Hawks look to finish camp this weekend with classes starting back on Monday. All practices are open to the public and the media is welcome.