Offense, fans get into it

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The combination of the first full-pads practice of training camp and its feature attraction, the "Oklahoma" drill, drew a record crowd on Monday evening and it was the Jaguars offensive line that stole the show.

Paul Spicer was the only player to score a win for the defense. Defensive stars Marcus Stroud, John Henderson and Mike Peterson did not participate in the blocker vs. defender drill.

Spicer scored a two-fall sweep of offensive tackle Wayne Hunter, who was blocking for running back LaBrandon Toefield.

The string of victories posted by the offense began with the first bout of the night, between first-round draft choice Marcedes Lewis and defensive end Reggie Hayward. The rookie tight end twice cleared a path for rookie running back Maurice Jones-Drew, who was Lewis' teammate at UCLA last year. Lewis' performance quickly erased the stigma that he's a pass-catching tight end only.

Left guard Vince Manuwai and undrafted rookie defensive tackle Tony McDaniel followed Lewis and Hayward, and Manuwai scored a win on the second fall, after Manuwai and McDaniel battled to a draw in their first try.

Second-year center/guard Dan Connolly was impressive in clearing out linebacker Nick Greisen twice, which caused new assistant head coach Mike Tice to celebrate, and tight end George Wrighster was a two-fall winner over rookie linebacker Clint Ingram.

Veteran offensive lineman Mike Williams squared off against veteran defensive end Marcellus Wiley, who tossed a piece of candy to the turf as the two players took their places between the blocking bags. Twice Williams bulldozed Wiley backward as undrafted rookie running back Montell Owens blazed between the bags.

At about that point in the competition, head coach Jack Del Rio began moving the bags closer together. The bags began five yards apart and finished three yards apart.

Dennis Norman, who is competing for the starting center job, scored two wins over defensive tackle Anthony Maddox, who came off the ball quick and with a thud but couldn't fight through Norman's block to get to the ball-carrier, Rich Alexis.

Offensive tackle Stockar McDougle scored two wins over rookie defensive end James Wyche and tight end Brian Jones did the same to pass-rush specialist Jorge Cordova.

The big win of the night went to left tackle Khalif Barnes, who thumped defensive end Bobby McCray to the ground, which elicited a roar from the crowd. Barnes won both bouts against McCray.

A crowd of 3,109 were on hand for the drill, which began 15 minutes after the start of practice. The previous Jaguars attendance record for a training camp practice was 2,667 on July 26, 2002.

In other news, the Jaguars announced that they have signed Spicer to a contract extension. Maybe that's what had Spicer so energized.

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