|Charlotte 49ers football scrimmage an opportunity for progress|
|QB battle down to Reynolds and Kean|
|Published Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:00 pm|
|The Charlotte 49ers held their first scrimmage of the Will Healy era Saturday at Jerry Richardson Stadium.|
The pieces are coming together for Charlotte 49ers football.
First-year coach Will Healy oversaw his first scrimmage Saturday at Jerry Richardson Stadium, mixing live hitting with intervals of special teams and 7 on 7 drills.
“It’s the end of the week,” Healy said. “How are we going to respond? I thought they did a great job. The practice was extremely competitive. We got some really good execution. We got some young guys in some spots to see what they can do. Obviously, there’s things that we can fix—some decision making, some tackling that should get better from the first scrimmage to the second scrimmage, but overall very impressed, very proud. We’ve still got a long way to go.”
The biggest takeaway is at quarterback, where competition went from three players to two. Brett Kean, a senior transfer from South Florida, and incumbent starter Chris Reynolds, a sophomore, are competing for the starting spot with 19 days remaining until the season opener against Gardner-Webb.
“It’s establishing our quarterback battle,” Healy said. “Who is going to take the first snap, which may not be the one who takes the last snap, but making sure we get those guys enough reps in team situations. It’s making sure that, from a practice perspective, we practice great habits that are going to translate into the game. We keep guys healthy. We’re smart with what we’re going to do with them, and we get them acclimated to what a normal week should look like, so that by the time the season gets here, we’re hitting the ground running.”
Reynolds started six games last year before sustaining a right ankle injury that required surgery in October. He completed 100-of-154 attempts for six touchdowns and two interceptions. To start on Aug. 29, he described his focal point as “seeing the whole field.”
“Sometimes progressions aren’t always going to be there on the first shot,” Reynolds said. “You’re going to see blitzes and stuff like that. So [I’m] continuing to enhance myself and seeing the whole field, and scanning the whole field in certain situations and knowing down and distance in certain situations of what to do with the football.”
Getting up to speed on Healy’s system has not been a problem for Kean.
“Everyone is chomping at the bit to get to those 19 days, but we have to realize that we have those 19 days to continue to get better,” Kean said. “We showed a lot of growth through those first 10 days—from day one to now. It’s just continuing to show growth and continuing to get better.”
Said Reynolds: “He’s able to come in here fast and learn the offense quickly. I believe every day we’re making each other better. I’m thankful for him. We give each other support at all times. It’s been fun so far.”
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