THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011
Countdown to The Citadel: 16 days

The Big Picture: As camp begins to wind down and heading into Saturday’s scrimmage at The Bolles School (6 p.m.) extensive work on execution is part of the daily routine. Beyond that, the coaching staff is working on setting the tone of practice that will carry through the entire season.

The Highlights: Safety Darren Johnson made the hit of camp when he collided with hard-charging fullback Hank Farmer. The sound reverberated through the game field and Johnson’s defensive teammates celebrated heartily. “Hits like that are fine in practice,’’ coach Kerwin Bell said. “As long as they’re clean.’’ Farmer, who didn't fumble, didn’t take long to bounce to his feet and continue practice … Young quarterbacks did their fair share. Freshman Kade Bell hooked up with wide receiver Josh Philpart on a perfectly executed long pass and freshman Garrett Mohr and running back Jarrius Lindsey connected on a nice sideline pattern … the defense wasn’t shut out as cornerback Andre Addison had an interception and corner Maurice Manning made a big-time effort to break up another pass.

From The Players: Safety Darren Johnson on his camp stopping hit: “Sometimes you’ve just got to wake the team up.’’ … PK Blake Myregaard after getting “Charlie Browned’’ by holder Trey Snow when Snow snatched the ball as Myregarrd’s leg went into action. Myregaard hit air and wound up on his tail. “I wanted to make history when I came here, maybe that was it.’’

From The Coaches: Head coach Kerwin Bell: “We’re beat up, I know that. We’ve got to start getting some guys healthy and there are some important guys who have got to get out here and get some reps. Doug Frye, our trainer, is an important part. He’s doing a great job and we’ll get some of those guys back. We’re holding a couple of veterans out but we need some reps out of some of our young guys. Other than that, I feel very good. The one thing coming out of camp is you want to get your execution down as much as you can. You’re going to work on that throughout the season, especially as you put in your game plan week by week, but the big thing is how to practice. How do they prepare for practice and how that will carry through the season and I really like our attitude right now with our mindset, our preparation for practice, our focus. I feel very good about the way we approach it and we keep doing that and we’ll get better and we’ll feel good in that first game.''

- Jim Nasella