Friday, April 06, 2012
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ISU Spring Camp Report 5:
Competitive spirit pushes Redbirds

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[April 06, 2012]  NORMAL -- The Illinois State football team started the day on the right foot, stepping into Hancock Stadium with a lot of intensity as the team headed into the fifth practice of spring camp Thursday.

"I really like the team spirit our players have been showing," head coach Brock Spack said. "We've had a great competitiveness and have been playing good, hard football."

The session started with a focus on offense with the with team blitz drill. Matt Brown competed a long pass to Chick Chatham on the second play of the day. On the following drive, Cameron Meredith had two completions to Jordan Neukirch and Jonathon Miller. The drill ended with a sack by Nate Palmer.

After more individual drills, the 7-on-7 was next, where Brown threw five-consecutive passes to Lechein Neblett (3) and Tyrone Walker (2). The defense was quick to react and forced two incomplete catches, and Austin Davis snagged an interception. Meredith then took the field and completed passes to Brian Athey and Scott Kuehn to cap off the drill.

The intensity stayed high as the Redbirds headed into the team session, starting with a five-yard completion from Brown to Phil Dudley and a long catch by Walker. The defense controlled most of the action, with a sack from Will Davis and an interception from Dontae McCoy on back-to-back plays.

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Continuing to hold their ground, Mike Banks made a big hit on a rush from Dudley, followed by two defensive stops for a loss of yardage. The offense was able to convert on the last play of the drill, with a 15-yard run by Darrelynn Dunn off a pass over the middle from Brown.

The Redbirds will return to the field Friday for their final workout of the week, with a 3:30 p.m. start.

[Text from news release from Lauren McLaughlin, Illinois State University]

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