On Saturday, head coach Neal Brown spoke about how the beginning of preseason fall camp is going, and what he’s seen from the team so far.

He discussed positive areas of the team’s game and he mentioned some improvements as well. Brown also brought up some of the freshmen that have made an impression on him and the coaching staff so far.   

Brown stressed the importance of keeping the team’s energy up and appreciates having players with experience at fall camp. 

“Guys that have been in the program more than just this summer have a really good idea of what to do,” Brown said. “Fundamentals are above what they normally would be.”  

Players showing a lack of effort during practice has been something Brown has noticed as well, “We’re on the ground too much for a quality football team. I think we need to finish plays better on both sides.” 

Diving into the depth chart, Brown was asked if any freshmen have made an impression so far and the first name that was brought up was freshman defensive linemen, Asani Redwood. 

“Over the last two years he’s put on almost 90 pounds which is unheard of, but I like the way he moves, he’s strong, very few bad habits, he comes from a really good high school program,” Brown said.

Sophomore defensive back Jaylon Shelton has impressed in the first five days of practice as well, with Brown acknowledging his studious and high I.Q. approach to the game.

“He’s made a positive impression through five practices, he can retain information, an intelligent football player,” Brown said.  

Brown also expressed his opinions on all of the quarterbacks, highlighting freshman Nicco Marchiol’s positive impact so far. 

“I thought Nicco threw the ball his best through the five practices. He’s grown, the game is starting to slow down,” Brown said. “He has a better understanding of some defensive structure and is more comfortable in the plays than he was in the spring.” 

Brown finished the day touching on the situation at right tackle. He believes that position is up for grabs and there is a heavy competition there. 

Brown went on to mention two players in that position battle, Brandon Yates and Ja’Quay Hubbard and how each of them can make a difference this upcoming season. 

“Yates and Hubbard both are more than capable. I have a lot of confidence in them. They have the ability, they’re good enough to win us games,”  Brown said. “Our expectations for our offensive line are extremely high this year, that’s from the right tackle, to the center, all the way across.”

Brown and his team will be heading to Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa. to play the Pittsburgh Panthers for their season opener on Sept. 1.