With the Apollos’ second day of full-contact underway, will the offense step it up?
By Tom Alexander, Orlando Apollos Team Reporter
SAN ANTONIO — The Orlando Apollos took the field Thursday at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio for the second of many full-contact practices. During Wednesday’s practice, the Apollos defense made more plays than the offense, breaking up several passes and getting good penetration into the backfield.
Apollos head coach Steve Spurrier noted after practice that the defense came out more ready for full-contact than the offense, and that the offensive coaching staff had some extra work to do to close the gap.
The defensive players seem eager for the challenge. “Today was our day. We want every day to be our day, though,” Apollos cornerback Mark Myers Jr. said Wednesday. According to Myers, each defensive player is grasping what his respective job is and beginning to communicate effectively with other members of the unit.
“Once you can understand a defense, you can fly around, and we’re getting to that point right now,” Myers said. He went on to explain that the Apollos’ defense is built on each defender determining their matchups, then communicating with his teammates so the unit can respond to a given formation and execute.
The Apollos’ offense is loaded with speed, and with four athletic quarterbacks and a head coach known for his creative offensive schemes, it shouldn’t be too long before each unit is practicing at a high level.