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April 3, 2013
Tampa--We start off the Day 9 Spring Practice News and Notes like we always do. Here was the warm-up playlist from today: "Ready or Not" by The Fugees, "Take It to the House" by Trick Daddy, "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Metallica, "Thunderstruck" by ACDC, "Make Em Say Uhh" by Master P, and "Walk it Out" by Unk.
D'Vario Montgomery, Kenneth Durden, DeDe Lattimore, and Marcus Shaw were back practicing in full today. All four players either sat out due to injury or were just not in attendance for personal reasons.
We were told by Willie Taggart that Lattimore and Durden were absent on Monday because they "had some things they had to take care of, and they took care of them."
Coach Taggart also explained some of the parameters of the Spring Game (which is open to the public) on April 13th at Raymond James Stadium. The Bulls staff is taking the team-making process very seriously. Chuck Bresnahan and Ron Cooper will be the two head coaches during the scrimmage. They will be able pick their coordinators for their teams. As far as picking players go, both Bresnahan and Cooper had the opportunity to "recruit" two players each, one on offense and one on defense. Taggart described this as the "free agent" period, which began at 5:00 on Saturday and will end at Noon on Thursday. On Saturday, there will be a full draft to pick the rest of the teams.
The offensive line worked on jumping on fumbles with offensive coordinator Walt Wells and grad assistant Chris Chestnut.
David Reaves worked on footwork with the wide receivers. He had them back pedaling through a foot ladder and then turning around to make a quick catch.
Quarterbacks did sort of a "gauntlet drill" today. QB coach Nick Sheridan had his guys run through a path of players whacking them with pads while trying to carry the football.
Hard to get a gauge of who was the No. 1's or No. 2's today, as most of the work was with the individual positions. There wasn't any lining up and running plays while the media was allowed in practice.
Last time out on Monday, we saw some players who were rehabbing injuries pulling weight sleds and pushing a cement ball around the practice field. Taggart said that was brought over originally from Stanford, but it's also something his trainers used at Western Kentucky as well.
Josh Appel is the Senior Writer for RunningtheBulls.com. He is a student broadcaster at the University of South Florida. You can contact him at Josh@RunningtheBulls.com. Follow Josh on Twitter at @JoshAppel.