Drews Notes from Wed. practice
Notes: For the second straight day, Dan LeFevour took the majority of reps at quarterback with the first team offence on Wednesday, meaning he's likely to start in place of injured Zach Collaros against Ottawa on Saturday. Head coach Kent Austin said they'll make announcement on Thursday... Offensive lineman Mike Filer is practiced for the first time since injury his foot in the pre-season and the Ticats have activated him from the six-game injured list. "We're trying to get him more reps and just see how he responds. Things look positive but probably not for this week," Austin said. "He was our starting centre all training camp so we'll be glad to have him back.?... notable Ticats not practicing: linebacker Simoni Lawence, safety Neil King,offensive linemen Joel Figeuroa, Marc Dile and Greg Wojt. Receiver Greg Ellingson has the flu and was sent home.
Also our Defence will be starting the same players as last week
and a real nice write up about MLB Taylor Reed
[b]"It's not by design - talented Simoni Lawrence remains on the sidelines - but the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will encounter something unusual Saturday night, besides playing where they weren't supposed to, in the smallest stadium to host a regular-season Canadian Football League game since Jake Gaudaur was in uniform.
They're likely to start the same 12 players on defence they did the game before, which should surprise even Henry Burris. When he was here last year, they didn't get to that kind of defensive carry-over until late August.
The continuity is one of the reasons that, in complete contrast to last season's early going, the Ticat defence is carrying the offence. Also, they have to carry the offence.
Not that what we'll see Saturday is the Cats' optimum starting defence, but it's very, very close. Lawrence is an undisputed starter and fellow linebacker Rico Murray, who has been injured for the same two-game stretch as Lawrence, had started the first two games, too.
They were flanking Frédéric Plesius, the middle linebacker. But newcomer Taylor Reed, who's been here less than a month, is now in that slot. His coaches describe him as the classic "angry middle linebacker" and he does not dispute that label.
"I like to think I've got a different persona on the field, " says Reed, who is from the football hotbed of Beaumont, Texas. "As you see me now, I'm a quiet guy, I like to joke and laugh. It's a bit like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. You have to be angry at that position, you have to be physical at that position.
"You want to create the feeling on the other team that it's not going to be easy in the middle. You are not going to be running the ball through the middle, you are not going to be throwing over the middle. Quarterback: You will not be safe in the middle."
Ticat defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer, who's coached his D into the upper tier of the league in many categories, says the Ticats "were looking for intensity in that position.
"Fred brings intensity, too. Taylor is an aggressive kid who loves to play football. He's working his way into top football shape: He didn't have training camp, he has to learn the playbook on the fly."
Reed put up big defensive numbers at SMU, where his current linebacking coach Jeff Reinebold was then the receivers coach. It was via Reinebold he ended up a Cat, after being among the last cuts of the Dallas Cowboys last summer, spending time on the Blue Bombers practice roster, then returning for more practice-roster time in Dallas and Winnipeg." [/b]
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