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Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010
 

Punter Daniel Sepulveda has been working on kickoffs for years now, and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin finally let him show off what he had.

In front of more than 12,000 fans at Latrobe's Memorial Stadium Friday night, Tomlin called on his punter to kick off during the second special teams period of the night.

Sepulveda kicked off four times during the session, to the liking of Tomlin.

"Sepulveda may provide us with a legitimate option there," Tomlin said.

Kicker Jeff Reed handled the duties earlier in practice, however, since the Steelers have only one kicker in camp, Tomlin relied on Sepulveda to kick the second session.

• Ben Roethlisberger was the last man off the bus heading into Memorial Stadium and received a huge ovation from the overflowing crowd.

• The featured drill of the night was backs on backers, with the highlight being at the end when Tomlin directed rookies Jonathan Dwyer and Thaddeus Gibson to go up against each other four consecutive times.

Gibson won the first two while Dwyer held his own over the final two. Other winners included Sean McHugh and a surprise entrant Ryan Mundy.

• During a red-zone drill, Dennis Dixon failed to complete a pass. He missed on all five of his attempts, including getting intercepted by Joe Burnett.

• Rookie Maurkice Pouncey was the main wedge buster during kickoff drills while Stefan Logan continued to run with the first team kickoff and Burnett second team.

• DB Tuff Harris (shoulder) and DT Sunny Harris (foot) both left practice early with injuries.

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