August 14, 2006

With 2 TD scrimmage, WR promoted to 1st team

True freshman WR Sam Shields has scored a touchdown in 11-on-11 work in all but two fall practices.

Today he had a pair of touchdowns in the first scrimmage of the fall. Both were from QB Kirby Freeman.

On the first, Freeman took a three-step drop and quickly launched the ball 40 yards downfield. Shields put on a burst, ran past cornerback Ryan Hill and grabbed the ball for a score.

The second touchdown was a streak route that went for 60 yards. Hill was also in coverage on that play.

"In 7 on 7 (before the scrimmage) I dropped a couple of balls, which got my mind back right for the scrimmage," said Shields, who was the last player off the field a half hour after the scrimmage ended because he was working on route running and doing ball drills. "I caught two long ones. The first play I got my outside release, got over the top of him and Kirby threw it right on the dime. I got off, separated. The second one was the same thing."

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