“We practice it an awful lot and it’s something that we’re used to,” Thomas said. “It makes it a little bit easier on me because I’m calling my own plays as well and I know what I’m looking for right off the start.”
The wide receivers were certainly a big part of the offense’s late game success. Although they struggled early on, it was clear that Thomas began to feel comfortable throwing to Marcus Davis and Corey Fuller in particular.
“It’s always nice to have multiple receivers that you can trust and get the ball to,” Thomas said. “Everybody wants that go-to receiver, but everybody wants that group of receivers that are very good, and I think that’s something that we have.”
Fuller was especially good on the final drive of regulation, catching a pair of 20-plus-yard passes to move the team into field goal range. While he was lightly regarded coming into the season, his five catches for 82 yards should help him earn some attention.
“(Fuller)’s developed into a real threat as a receiver,” Beamer said. “I think when you look at him and Demetri Knowles you see some real potential for the future.”
Knowles only caught one pass on the day, but his 42-yard touchdown surely will help him earn more playing time in the coming weeks, particularly if current starter Dyrell Roberts continues to make little impact outside the return game.
“Demetri and Corey have been together since last year, and I’ve gotten used to them all spring and all summer,” Thomas said. "They were out there just as much as I was to get better.”
With Saturday’s game against Austin Peay looming, the team is eager to put their initial offensive issues behind them.
“Enjoy it for the night, but everyone has that quick turnover,” Painter said. “Right now everyone’s mind is on Austin Peay and everyone is ready to compete this Saturday.”
Considering the offense’s early lethargy, and the fact running backs Michael Holmes and J.C. Coleman didn’t make much of an impact against the Yellow Jackets, it’s safe to say they have plenty to work on.
“I think we’ve got potential on offense, we just have to get more steady,” Beamer said.