Rion Davis was very specific in what he needed to work on in Liberty’s final practices of the spring season.
“Honestly, I need to work on my eye progression better, I need to work on man skills more, just getting my hands on the ball more, securing the play and just getting after it each and every down,” said the redshirt-sophomore, who is transitioning to the spur position after playing in a backup safety role last season.
Davis, along with the rest of his teammates, will take the field one more time this spring when the Flames conviene for their final spring practice today.
The 15th practice will give the players one final opportunity to make an impression on the coaching staff heading into the summer months before returning in late July for preseason workouts.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do from a football team perspective,” Liberty coach Turner Gill said.
The spring has seen a steady progression for the offense, which continues to emphasize a faster, deliberate pace. After the defense dominated the first scrimmage by forcing multiple turnovers, the offense has gained the upperhand with greater healthy numbers.
The offense was potent in last Saturday’s spring game by scoring three touchdowns — two on Frankie Hickson runs — and utilizing big plays to keep the chains moving.
There were some moments of frustration with the ball not being snapped as quickly as possible, and that is an area that will be addressed.
“On the offensive side of the ball, just continue to try and speed things up, continue to make sure our guys are seeing the same signals and sometimes every now,” Gill said, “and then we have some miscommunication from the signal standpoint, so I think we’re going to clean that up and be able to recognize those things a lot quicker and be able to line up on things.”
Hickson is one of several players who used the spring game to improve their stock on the depth chart. The former Heritage High School standout saw the most snaps with Todd Macon being out for an extended period of time following left knee surgery and Carrington Mosley (LCA) being limited with an undisclosed injury.
“We improved tremendously,” Hickson said.
The defense, which has seen Davis take on more of a leadership role with several veterans out for the spring practices, was hurt by a lack of numbers. Those lack of numbers allowed the healthy players to get significant reps and create an indelible impression on the defensive staff.
“Defensively, I think we’re just continuing to work on fine tuning things as far as just a little bit of tackling in our own little drills, the takeaway circuit … [and] being consistent in doing that,” Gill said. “Get our guys rested up in May and be ready to go in the summer.”
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