GWU’s Toomer setting pace during camp

Aug. 15, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

The Gardner-Webb University football team had mild weather conditions Thursday morning for its 11th practice of the preseason.

Cornerback Ivan Toomer (Homestead, Fla. / Homestead HS) has been one of the standouts throughout camp. 

The 6-foot-1, 203-pound redshirt junior was left off of the 2013 All-Big South team, and was absent from any preseason lists despite finishing last season with a career-high 40 total tackles (30 solo stops) and eight pass break ups.

On Thursday morning, during a late team period, he made perhaps the play of the preseason defensively. 

After speedy receiver Willie Jackson IV (6-1, 200, Fr.) found himself matched up with a linebacker and caught a wheel route – he appeared to be on his way to an easy sprint for a score. Toomer walked the freshman down from 45 yards away, racing from the opposite hash to knock him out of bounds before Jackson reached the end zone.

Gardner-Webb continues to add more layers to the play book on both sides, all while ramping up the tempo. Thursday, GWU got in work on its two-minute drill, blitz pickup and special situations during team work.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs will hit the field twice today, going at 6:30 a.m for the first session and wrapping up the day with early afternoon practice in shells.

NOTES: Gardner-Webb’s Saturday scrimmage at 8:45 am is set to be held on the new artificial turf in Ernest W. Spangler Stadium. The scrimmage will be officiated by an crew from the Atlantic Coast Conference.