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Training Camp in Full Swing at VMAC

Brandon Mebane. After sitting out Monday to rest a bruised knee, the third-year defensive tackle is not only back on the field but showing why the coaches decided to move him from nose tackle to the three-technique position.

Twice during the two-hour practice, the slimmed-down Mebane exploded through a gap to get to Justin Forsett before the elusive running back could get to the line of scrimmage. Nifty stuff for a guy who, despite dropping 29 pounds, still weighs 301.

“Part of what I’ve been working on is being a smarter player – knowing what’s coming at you and making reads off the offensive linemen,” Mebane said. “Just looking at different keys to help me.”

“You can’t just go off God-given ability, even though it’s a blessing to have it. You’ve also got to use your brain sometimes.”

Tuesday, the players worked on their goal-line offense and defense. Wednesday, they flipped it around – with the offense starting at its own 1-yard line. Middle linebacker David Hawthorne took advantage of the situation to force a fumble in the end zone by getting to Devin Moore and slapping the ball from the hands of the rookie running back.


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