Before a standing-room only crowd at Gainesville City Park the Falcons conducted their first tackling to the ground of training camp providing a little bit more of a glimpse as to what their 2013 team will look like. Much of the evening was a fairly routine practice but for the last half hour the offense and defense scrimmaged. Head coach Mike Smith said that under the scoring system that the team used the night finished in a 14-14 tie. Exempt from the live tackling portions were almost all of the first-team units on both sides of the ball with the exception of rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant. The Falcons did not want to risk those players to injury. "Exactly" Smith said. "We had it all set in our minds. There were guys we were going to hold out from the tackling. It wasn't all the first team but there was a handful guys that did not participate in the scrimmage." Smith said it was the longest the Falcons have been on the field since camp started on July 25. Among the more revealing events of the night were times when Kroy Biermann worked with the first-team at outside linebacker relegating Stephen Nicholas to working with the second team. Nicholas has started 48 of the 58 games he has played since 2009 including 15 of 16 last season.
Fans enjoy scrimmage as Nicholas fights for his starting job
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