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Williams Says DT Guion Stands Out

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 31, 2012 – 12:14 pm

A big part of training camp each year is watching position battles unfold and, ultimately, become settled as teams prepare for the upcoming season. One big – literally and figuratively – position battle for the Vikings in this year’s camp is at DT, where Kevin Williams has a hold of one starting position and no one has a handle on the other.

At least that was the thinking heading into training camp. A few days into the action, and it looks like there’s an early leader.

“Letroy (Guion) has been one that has been phenomenal in camp,” Vikings Defensive Coordinator Alan Williams said on Tuesday. “It may not seem to the naked eye, but there are some (film) clips of him just getting off blocks, running to the ball and pursuing. Day two he made a play outside of the numbers running to the football, so we are very pleased with him and we’re waiting to see how Fred (Evans) does.”

Evans has been a solid reserve for the Vikings since he joined the team in 2007. Guion was a 5th-round pick in 2008 and has progressed to the point now that he’s the early favorite to earn a starting job at DT in 2012. Other DTs on the Vikings roster competing for roster spots include undrafted college free agents Chase Baker and Tydreke Powell and second-year player Christian Ballard. While Williams pointed to Guion as one individual who is standing out early in camp, the Vikings new defensive boss also stressed that the entire group’s performance is important.

“Keep them fresh, keep them running so they can make plays,” Williams said. “When we’re at the end of the ballgame and the game is on the line, we have to close it out. It’s just that at the end, we want the guys fresh and we want to close it out. That is game-specific and season-specific so at the end of the year, we don’t have a guy that has 1,000 reps under his belt, we want guys to be fresh so that when playoffs come down the line, we’re ready to hunt.”


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31 Responses to “Williams Says DT Guion Stands Out”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    First !!!…

  2. By Spencer on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Wobschall- other than the notables, who has stood out the most on defense?

  3. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    I really like Alan Williams and Brenen Daly. They brings what the D didn’t have last year intensity(outside of Jared). Daly will get the DLine motoring.

  4. By OTKalil2012 on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    All teams have a few players that need to grow into their positions physically and mentally…But eventually become good players…

    Players I like that fit that description on the team right now..Loadholt,Guion, and D Love…

    It is time to see what Loadholt can do…I expect a good season from him…

    Guion showed some flashes and solid play last year…

    Love has some growing to do yet…Hoping he has all the time he needs to learn the tackle position…Because that will mean Kalil and Loadholt are healthy and doing a good job…

  5. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Love is hurt(shoulder) and will likely miss a week or two. Kalil took the reps that Love would have gotten with the 2nd team.

  6. By rogerthevikefan on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Guion was really young when he was drafted and was, still is learning the position. This is his coming out year. He will be a force.

  7. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Al Williams,

    You can have the players do reps almost every day in practice. They are called 40 yard “wind” sprints!!!

  8. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Guion and the other linemen will not be a force if they are not in shape. Last year we blew about 8 games in the 4th quarter. Most of those happened because we were not in shape!

    These guys need to be in shape, and don’t give me that they are professionals as an excuse.

    They need to RUN!!!

  9. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    THE VIKINGS NEED TO RUN IN CAMP!!!

  10. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    THIS ARTICLE ABOUT GUION AND COACH ALAN WILLIAMS RAISES A RED FLAG!

    THE VIKINGS MUST BE IN SHAPE! RUN!!!

  11. By OTKalil2012 on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Fred…

    I was wondering if Frazier might have moved the practice sessions to afternoons this year to help with conditioning ??…The team looked soft early last season…

    The team was not in shape last year…Losing big half time leads…

  12. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    @OTKalil,

    Indeed that was a good move by Frazier.

    Back in the Jerry Burns era, I watched some of the Vikings Training Camp. I never saw them run (except for plays, and etc.). I thought it was a mistake then, and I think it is now.

    Some say Steckel ran them too much, b.u.t. there has to be some balance here!!!

  13. By SkolVikes98 on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    @ Fred,
    It wasn’t because we weren’t in shape. Its because the offense couldn’t do better than a 3 and out for the entire second half.

  14. By HCG. on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Putting this up for Roger.

    New and improved http://vikingsfootballblog.com/

    Now with antioxidants. Everyone is welcome, skol!

  15. By shawn6464 on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike Wobschall … Thanks for the Guion info, I was the one that asked on Twitter. You delivered, Im impressed.

    Did you fix your blog? Or is everyone still being treated like Packer fans?

  16. By shawn6464 on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Ive been at … http://vikingsfootballblog.com/ … for the freedom.

    Oddly everyone that called me comrade all those days turned out to be the same people willing to sit in a dictatorship…

    Oddly this liberal comrade left for freedom while the “freedom” speakers sat in their nazi blog ….

    Hmmm typical

  17. By DRS on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

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  18. By celticvikingwarrior on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Watching the “live stream” of practice today I saw something I’ve NEVER seen before and frankly can’t figure it out, even after a couple of hours….
    It was the defensive player’s, but ONLY the young’uns, 1st and 2nd year guy’s, no Allen, Willams, Greenway, Winfield etc.
    They were split into two groups, one “offense” and the other defense and they would hike the ball to, I think it was Alan Williams, the D cord. and he would just take a step back, or hand off, and everyone would take a couple slow speed steps and that was it. Next group.
    The only POSSIBLE thing I can think of is some kind of run or pass recognition type of deal. I realize it’s the first couple day’s of camp and they want to start out alittle slower, but c’mon would this be better accomplished at full speed against the REAL offense, even the 2nd or 3rd string. I am just confused by this…
    Any thought’s from the “coaches” among you ?

  19. By Mike B. on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    I have to agree with Skol it is important to keep the offense on the field during the later quarters of the game. Naturally all team defenses tire if they are on the field too long. That was definately part of what happened last year. The other part is to cover those intermediate receivers. We lost a lot of yardage on 5 to 10 yard throws and the yard per carry after the catch.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    @celticwarrior,

    The new CBA limits the number of practices they can have in the NFL, and other things like hitting are also limited.

    Jones is upset because of the lack of running. Football is LEG game. They need to run!!!

  21. By DRS on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    shawn6464, some of us freedom fighters decided to stay and fight for our freedom. We stood our ground. The real Vikings are reborn. SKOL Vikings, now let’s name the new stadium Odin’s lair.

  22. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    @skolVikings98,

    Well, in your opinion it was the offense’s fault. I say all of those close losses were largely do to NOT PAYING THE PRICE IN PRACTICE!!!

    You are probably too young to remember Vincent Lombardi, so Freddie should not yell at you.

    They used to say, “YOU GOTTA PAY THE PRICE!!!”

    The team that PREPARES the hardest is the last to surrender according to Lombardi and his disciples (Who were many).

    Sorry for yelling.

  23. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    @Skol, Mike B.,

    The offense must also be in shape. The entire team must be in shape.

    They gotta gotta gotta RUN!!!

    “Fatigue makes cowards of us all.”
    —- Vince Lombardi

  24. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Football is not a game you get in shape for by playing. You have to be in shape BEFORE you play!!!

  25. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Freddie don’t not know if the reason the Vikings lost those close ones early was entirely due to conditioning. Jonesie missed the practices.

    However, it’s a pretty safe a.s.s.u.m.p.t.i.o.n. that that was a big part of the problem.

  26. By Frederick Jones on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    *Freddie don’t not know if the reason the Vikings lost those close ones early was entirely due to conditioning. Jonesie missed the practices.

    However, it’s a pretty safe a.s.s.u.m.p.t.i.o.n. that that was a big part of the problem.

  27. By DRS on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Frederick Jones, like anything now a day it is more interlacement of work rules and entertainment value of an individual that restrains staff from requiring a true effort from the men playing modern-day NFL football, all we can do is hope that this will not make the players soft and lazy while collecting their money.

  28. By DRS on Jul 31, 2012 | Reply

    Well I have things to do, so peace and freedom to you all.

  29. By northwoodsv2 on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    “It may not seem to the naked eye, but there are some (film) clips of him just getting off blocks, running to the ball and pursuing.

    Seriously? They’re excited about running to the ball and pursuing? Hope they have paramedics on scene if he actually starts catching the runner and tackling.

  30. By PurplHaze on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t care what you say … Pat Williams was by far a better interior D-Line guy than Guion will EVER be!

  31. By Richard1A on Aug 1, 2012 | Reply

    More on S. Elimimien & Griffen at the linebacker spot please…

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