We're heading into the fifth night of practice of the Jacksonville Jaguars 2011 training camp, and head coach Jack Del Rio seems pleased with what he's seen so far coming off the fan favorite Oklahoma drill last night. "A good night's work," Del Rio said. "Clearly the Oklahoma drill has become a crowd favorite over the years and our guys get excited. They see the crowd out here like this, and they know it's coming," added Del Rio.
The Jaguars had their biggest crowd last night so for, with roughly 3,700 Jaguars fans showing up. You could tell everyone was excited for the Oklahoma drill, the stands were packed over a half hour before practice was even scheduled to start.
"I thought Austen Lane showed something there," Del Rio said of the second year defensive end's performance in the Oklahoma drill. Lane has been a big bright spot for the team in need of finding a pass rushers beyond Aaron Kampman, who's coming off a torn ACL. "It's the Oklahoma Drill - under the lights, the crowd going crazy," Lane told reporters after practice. "One on one, mano a mano. I'd have it no other way."
Del Rio was asked if Austen Lane, who's quickly becoming a crowd favorite was built for the Oklahoma drill. "Yeah, I like his intensity," said Del Rio. "I think if you're going to play good defense you're going to do it with a certain level of intensity and that's why he fought his way into the lineup last year and that's why he's doing a nice job with the opportunity he's getting right now."
With defensive end Aaron Kampman being held out of most of the practices, Lane is getting reps with the first team defensive line in Kampman's spot. Right now, it looks like Lane is competing with Jeremy Mincey for the other starting defensive end position. Lane spent much of the off-season training with Kampman and it's paying off. As I mentioned in my camp report last night, Lane looks noticeably bigger and quicker off the line of scrimmage.
Lane played in 11 games last season, starting the final 9. He ended the season with 20 tackles, but no sacks playing the left end position and taking over for former Jaguar defensive end Derrick Harvey. In 2011, Lane looks to become to full time starter opposite Aaron Kampman.