Typically during individual drills involving quarterbacks and receivers, two of the passers will throw in one direction, then the receivers will get back in line downfield and the third quarterback will throw the other direction. There are also times when all three are throwing to three receivers simultaneously from the same pass pocket.
The drills might include four quarterbacks throwing to a four-receiver set if there was a fourth passer, but instead occasionally Dawson will tell that fourth receiver to stand in his position on the line of scrimmage just to fill the space.
Again, Smith and Millard have been through this before, but Childress has not.
"Ford was struggling a little bit [Thursday],'' Spavital said. "I need to start cutting the reps down of individuals because it is pretty taxing on a quarterback's arm when you're throwing 500 to 1,000 balls. It'll be good for them to get a week of rest.''
Also, this is not just a break following six spring practices, but time off following two months of constant strength and conditioning work that went on from mid-January to mid-March.
"Renewed energy,'' running backs coach Robert Gillespie said when asked what he hoped the break would accomplish. "Hopefully they miss football after three or four days of being home. Hopefully they get the fun out and get their mindset back on football.
"I know as coaches that's what happens to us. We enjoy the first couple of days and all of the sudden we start calling each other, texting each other and drawing plays on napkins.''
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