What a difference a year makes.
Markese Triplett and Dominique Sullivan both came in to fall camp not sure what to expect as true freshmen. Both great athletes and having all the physical tools, the coaches decided they were ready to be thrust into the action right away.
Both responded well, and showed they will make quite a tandem for years to come for the Eagles.
Triplett, who is 6’4, had 6 catches for 49 yards last season, and the coaches have a new role in mind for him this season.
“I have changed positions,” he said. “I was learning where DeAndre Brown was playing last season, but now I am playing where Johdrick Morris was playing.”
The WR/ TE position occupied by the senior Morris seems to be a great fit for the tall and physical Triplett. “I am playing inside, and I am guessing the coaches figure that I can block and catch some balls over the middle as well.”
Triplett also talked about the connection with new wide receiver’s coach, Walt Bell. “He is right there on the same level as us,” he said. “He is not much older and he can communicate with us and we really understand him. He is more like a brother to us, and we all really look up to him.”
He also mentioned the togetherness this unit feels early in practice. “The main focus is working together and having each other’s backs,” he said. “We have to get an equal amount of reps, and you know how our offense is, we are going to spread it out. Everyone is working hard.”
Sullivan came in as a QB, and coaches noticed right away his tremendous skill level and potential as a wide receiver. Though he saw limited playing time, he had a big adjustment to make and now the sky is the limit for him.
Talking about practice today, Sullivan echoed the feeling that Coach Fedora had after today’s work out. “It went ok today, it was much better the first two days,” he said.
“We don’t have as many receivers as we had last year, so we have to come together and get through it. It felt good being out there with pads and getting some hitting, but we’ve got to just keep working and getting better.”
Sullivan also feels much more confident than he did last year trying to learn the new position as a freshman. “It helped me a lot from the stand point that I didn’t play receiver in high school, I was a quarterback,” he said. “I think I learned a lot from last year, and I feel confident and ready to go and do better this season.”
He also raved about Coach Bell, and talked about some of the things he’s been preaching early to the receivers. “He wants us to make more plays than the group did last year,” he said. “We want to be more explosive, and really come together and play as one unit, not just a bunch of individuals.”
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