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June 18, 2010
School's out for summer

The horn just sounded on the 49ers p.m. practice. And with that sound, the 49ers spring sessions are over. The team won't take the field as a group again until Aug. 2. That's 45 days away.

The session ended with a two-minute drill. Alex Smith had success the first time he ran it this week when he found Delanie Walker all alone for a 31-yard touchdown. He threw two interceptions on Thursday, however, and today's ended with a fourth-and-two incompletion to wideout Kyle Williams. I'll give you the play by play, but first a little set up.

Smith had the first-string offensive line in front of him. But the skills players were mostly backups. His running back was Glen Coffee, his tight ends were Delanie Walker and J.J. Finley and his receivers were Jason Hill, Dominique Zeigler and Williams.

They were going against a defense composed of backups. The linemen: Khalif Mitchell and Derek Walker; linebackers: Mike Balogun, Matt Wilhelm, Diyral Briggs and Martail Burnett; defensive backs: Karl Paymah, Tramaine Brock, Phillip Adams, Reggie Smith and Taylor Mays.

The drive began from the 31 with 2:17 remaining.

1st and 10: Incompletion at the feet of Williams.
2nd and 10: Smith passes left to Williams, who runs out of bounds for a six-yard gain
3rd and 4: Short out to Coffee for five yards and a first down.

1st and 10 at the 42: Quick out to Coffee, who runs down the sideline for eight yards.
2nd and 2: Smith sees that Williams has a step on the defense but his deep pass - it must have traveled 40 yards - is a foot too long for the diving Williams. The rookie probably would have been better off staying on his feet.
3rd and 2: Incomplete to Hill; Brock has good coverage on the play.
4th and 2: Smith finds Finley over the middle in front of Wilhelm for an eight-yard gain.

1st and 10 at the defense's 46: Quick pass to Williams on the right side for eight yards. Time out with 1 min. remaining
2nd and 2: Smith's pass is just out of the reach of Finley.
3rd and 2: Smith fires to his left but the pass is batted down at the line of scrimmage by Briggs.
4th and 2: Smith's pass to Williams is incomplete. Paymah had close coverage on the play and may have broken it up. Horn sounds.

I'll have a lot more analysis of the team's spring sessions next week, including thoughts about the most recent draft class. Speaking of which, Navorro Bowman stepped in front of a Smith pass to Delanie Walker in team drills and was off to the races. Scott McKillop also had a nice interception when he leapt for an end-zone pass, tipped the ball in the air and then came down with it.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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