The afternoon session of June 7th was less physical than the first three of camp, and that was understandable with three fights in the first three sessions, the coaches decided to throttle the boys back a bit with less contact drills, more focus on systems, and a pad-less scrimmage to close things out.
There weren’t really any standouts in the afternoon, as the drills weren’t really telling as far as evaluating talent. But we can tell you this, Emmanuel Arcenaux is going to have a huge year.
Here is our live blog of the afternoon’s proceedings, and of course a gallery of photos.
The morning session on June 7th produced some physical football on day two of training camp. Big hits, and a some heavyweight punches by Justin Sorensen on Jeremy Gibbs showed the intensity on the field was reaching new levels.
Here are some photos of the morning session, and you can review our live blog of the session here.
Welcome to the live blog of the June 7th afternoon session of BC Lions training camp in Kamloops, BC! Keep checking back here for live updates.
The morning session was a physical one and it will be interesting to see how the coaches handle this practice.
4:00pm: The team has taken the field and are working on group drills prior to warming up.
4:19pm: The team is just going through stretching. Drills to start soon. Perfect weather for football. Warm but not hot, nice breeze.
4:34pm: More positional drills, working our way up to scrimmage mode. Much “lighter” practice than the first three sessions so far.
4:36pm: Enough about Matt Chapdelaine not deserving to be here. He has the tools and hasn’t looked out of place at all. Took a big hit yesterday too.
4:47pm: The offensive line has joined the rest of the offence and the unit is running plays. Jarious Jackson at the controls as first and second teamers rotate in and out.
4:59pm: Team working on running plays, Jamal Robertson getting most of the touches. Travis Lulay getting some work.
5:02pm: Now the intensity is picking up. Heavy weight champ Sorensen getting “challenged” by Arakgi.
5:05pm: Carlton Medder doing a nice job on consecutive plays keeping Keron Williams toi the outside.
5:08pm: Rasouli and Gesse exchange words after banging heads on two plays. Rasouli asserts his dominance of the rookie. Lulay picked off by Korey Banks.
5:11pm: Travis Lulay is struggling and he’s got the starting receivers to work with.
5:14pm: Kyle Parrish getting some reps now with the rookies…and that’s the end of that. Printers and the starters back in.
Notes: Domini Pittman, Richard Jones, Elimimiam and Dominic Bolden sitting out practice as well as McKenzie again.
5:46pm: After some field goal practice Coach Buono tells the players to remove their pads for no contact scrimmage.
5:47pm: Emmanuel Arceneaux is going to be a beast this season. Take it to the bank. BEAST!
5:54pm: The first offense is struggling with the passing game. Printers finally connects with Jackson across the middle for a nice gain. Play action results in another nice gain to Washington, who like he has all camp makes the catch. Printers finally connects deep with Passmore.
6:00pm the second teamers getting some reps to close out practice. Rain beginning to fall in Kamloops.
Practice called. A much less physical session, likely Due to the coiaches sensing the need to throttle things back a bit. Tough to get a read on things with the lack of hitting this afternoon.
Photos of both sessions coming tonight.
Its going to be a hot one in Kamloops today. The players have taken to the field under sunny skies and a mountain backdrop.
8:15am: Positional groups have broken off for technical drills. Receivers, backs, secondary, offensive line, QB’s.
8:29am: Stretching and warmup.
8:35am: Sherko Rasouli entertains the troops during warmup with an inspirational speech from the movie 300.
8:59am: Printer under centre, as the offense runs some routes.. Printers looking sharp again to start the day. Tony Washington receiver has caught everything thrown his way to date.
9:08am: Defence working on coverage assignments. Once again this practice is all business. Wally’s desire for a stronger work ethic seems to be in motion.
9:27 after some route and coverage drills the offense and defense are going at it. Tons of chatter on the field. Geroy gets hit hard over the middle. He’s fine. Tony Washington is the star of this session.
9:30am: Rich Stubler just tears a strip off players walking off the field. “You an all pro? Then run off the field. You want people to fear you? Run off the damn field!”
9:36am: Not a lot of catches being made in these drills with the exception of Washington. Makes a nice catch over the middle with Marsh all over him. Defense maybe getting away with some grabbing here and there. Hopefully not bad habits forming.
9:40am: Sun is heating up. More offense on defence coming up! Great practice, lots of intensity!
9:50am: I’ve been to a few training camps and this is the most physical I have seen the Lions ever. Guys are getting popped! Andrew Harris rips off a nice run.
10:07am: Punters are getting at it. Both are launching it but Whyte has more distance early. Of course placement also counts and McCallum is the master.
10:15am: Aaron Hunt slow to get up after some big contact. Attended to and walks off unser his own steam. He’s fine.
10:17am: Offensive line is opening up some nice holes for the backs. Robertson with a nice run followed by a 65 yard romp by Harris.
10:23am: The secondary looks very agressive this year. Really getting after the ball. Dante Marsh is looking very strong.
10:27am: Another fight. Sorensen and Gibbs exchange blows and Walby Junior gets in a big shot. Extremely physical camp. Gettin after it in BC.
10:38am: things are throttled down a bit with some field goal and special teams work.
10:41am: Players gather at midfield as practice for the morning session is in the books. Another great physical session. Standouts: Washington, Harris, Davis, Marsh, Printers, and the improved play of the offensive line. Both sides were getting after it!
Thanks for following along! We’ll have photos of today’s morning session and we’ll be back to keep you posted in the afternoon! Spread the word!