The team had a good practice today and was fired up about their first fall/winter practice of the season.
Eliot credits defensive backs to red zone success
The defense has played lights out in the red zone this season, holding offenses to a lot more field goals than touchdowns. In the red zone the field is shorter, so defenses have to play it differently. Winning one-on-one in the red zone is key, especially in the corner. Chris Westry is one DB that Eliot noted is doing a very good job at this.
Having Ryan Flannigan back was effective
Flannigan’s brings a lot of speed at the linebacker position that we finally got to see on Saturday. Eliot pointed out the play where Flannigan got matched up man-to-man with a wideout and said “he covered him like a glove”.
When asked what it was like to match up with a ride receiver, Flannigan said, “it was fun” while sporting the biggest smile I’ve ever seen. “I played safety in junior college, so I had some experience running with receivers. So I just used my technique and used what my coaches taught me and ran,” Flannigan said.
The team gave Flannigan a hard time after he dropped an interception on Saturday. The defense works on catching interceptions everyday, but Flannigan said he put some extra work on the JUGS this week after practice.
This guy is very excited be back out on the field finally, and I think we are too.
Eliot wants to give young guys more reps
Eliot would not only like to see some of the young players see some action in this game, but more throughout the season. Mike Edwards, Darius West, Jordan Jones and Derrick Baity are four players Eliot wants to give more reps. Nico Firios, the redshirt linebacker, has returned to practice and Eliot said he like for Firios to get some reps on Saturday.
“The list goes on, but we have good, young talent. We just have to make sure the player that we put on the field is ready, and that’s what we’re working towards,” Eliot said.
EKU’s biggest threat is their running backs
Eastern Kentucky’s biggest offensive threat to the defense will be their running backs. “I know they’re run game maybe hasn’t been up to their standard this year, but I think they’re talented there. And they have a couple of wide receivers too that have length and they can win some jump balls and one on one matchups,” Eliot said.
Injury update: Reggie Meant is still questionable for Saturday.