First Two-A-Day Ends with Two-Minute Drill
It may be only the end of the first week of fall camp for the 2012 WMU football team but learning urgency with the game on the line can never be taught too soon.
The Bronco coaching staff decided to teach that lesson in the final period of Saturday's second practice at Waldo Stadium with the first two-minute drill of camp as week one drew to a close.
"You want to teach certain game situations, when to get down, when to get out of bounds, clock management, so there is a lot that goes into it," said head coach Bill Cubit after practice. "You do most of the teaching on tape, showing them exactly what needs to get done."
Coach added that this drill is always ran at the end of practice because the two-minute drill doesn't take place in the first two minutes of a game or half, it happens at the end, when you're tired.
"The guys that are going to fight through it are the guys that are going to win."
On the first two-minute series, Alex Carder connected with Flenard Whitfield in the flat for nine yards and then with Eric Monette for a nine-yard first down two plays later, taking the ball up to the offense's own 48-yard line.
The second team offense, also starting from the 30-yard line, opened with a five yard completion from Tyler Van Tubbergen to Kendrick Roberts. Van Tubbergen found Darrin Duncan for a 16-yard gain and a first down on the next play, but two incompletions stalled the drive, the last coming thanks to a pass break up by freshman Leo Alba.
Andrew Haldeman's 38-yard field goal attempt missed to the right.
The defense kept the the pressure firmly applied to start the first team offense's second series with Travonte Boles bull rushing up the middle for a five-yard "sack". Carder followed with a five-yard dump off to Brian Fields back to the original line of scrimmage.
Justin Currie nearly had the period's lone take away when he stepped in from of the intended receiver on a crossing pattern but could not come up with the ball. Zamort ended things with his second PBU of the period.
Thus ended the first week of 2012 WMU football fall camp. The team resumes practice on Monday morning at 8:15 a.m., but on Sunday, they rest.