AND NOTES FROM THUNDERBOLTS TRAINING CAMP
V - Saturday, January 6, 2001
the Rio Grande
Article Courtesy of
Kent Partridge - BIRMINGHAM THUNDERBOLTS
ORLANDO - Crossing Rio Grande Ave. from McCracken
Field to Thunder Field seemed to be just the wake
up call the Birmingham Thunderbolts needed Saturday,
or maybe it was because the Orlando Rage stood waiting
across the border.
For an hour, Birmingham worked at McCracken Field,
going through the motions without much enthusiasm.
Then the clock struck 3 p.m. and the Bolts made their
first road trip of training camp, walking across Rio
Grande to meet the Rage in one-on-one, pass skeleton
and team drills.
Sometimes a change of scenery makes all the difference,
and according to Birmingham players, looking across
the line of scrimmage at some different faces made
a big difference.
locker room was a lot more talkative today. This gave
us an opportunity to see where we are," said
receiver Quincy Jackson. "My adrenaline gets
pumped up when we go against another team. I can do
things against other team's defensive backs that I
can't do against our own."
After a slow start in individual drills, the Thunderbolts
came to life in team, 11-on-11 drills against the
Rage. Quarterbacks Casey Weldon and Graham Leigh combined
to complete 7 of 9 passes for 111 yards in the 20-play
scrimmage. Weldon was 3 of 4 for 60 yards and Leigh
4 of 5 for 51 yards.
Five different receivers caught passes, led by Stepfret
Williams with three catches for 42 yards. Steve Smith
had one catch for 25 yards, Damon Gourdine one for
22, Joe Douglass one for 14 and Kevin Drake one for
thought we did all right," offensive coordinator
Dave Arslanian said. "We can get better of course,
but for the first time going against someone else
I thought we did fine."
Led by defensive linemen Quinton Reese and Charles
Preston, Birmingham's defense did not surrender a
touchdown as the Rage offense ran 20 plays against
them in team period. Defensive back Anthony Derricks
capped off the day with an interception on Orlando's
thought we really got better on defense. We were a
lot more physical and ran to the ball well,"
defensive back Duane Butler said. "There were
some people on our team who are a little laid back
in practice who really turned it up today against
intensity and enthusiasm was good. It was what we
wanted," head coach Gerry DiNardo said. "Now
we will watch the tape and adjust the technical part
The Bolts are scheduled to practice twice Sunday.
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