Inside the lines
A(WARDING): WR Hines Ward saved his best for the Steelers' last practice at St. Vincent College. Ward caught a long pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger in 11-on-11 drills, drawing cheers from the fans assembled on the hillside. Ward caught another TD pass from Roethlisberger in red-zone drills, leaping in the back of the end zone to pull the ball down and drawing more cheers.
Ward produced another TD with a sliding grab of a Roethlisberger pass, drawing even more cheers.
HEART TO HEART: Steelers chairman Dan Rooney engaged Ward in a lengthy on-field conversation following Wednesday afternoon's practice that concluded with Rooney offering Ward a couple of pats on the back.
IF AT FIRST ...: TE Jerame Tuman dropped what should have been a touchdown pass from Tommy Maddox , but Tuman came back moments later to score on a diving, rolling grab. Roethlisberger was picked off by CB Deshea Townsend on a pass in red zone intended for Antwaan Randle El , but hooked up with Randle El for a long touchdown at the expense of CB Bryant McFadden in 11-on-11 drills.
DOH! WR Lee Mays dropped a TD pass on a perfectly placed fade from Maddox. LB Rian Wallace dropped an interception.
LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE: QB Brian St. Pierre fired a quick toss to RB Willie Parker on a screen and Parker was gone upfield in a heartbeat, perhaps the second successful screen the Steelers pulled off in training camp.
CATCH OF THE DAY: WR Walter Young used every inch of his 6-foot-4 frame and his accompanying reach, then nimbly managed to get both feet down in bounds on a sideline reception of a St. Pierre pass.
AND FINALLY: The on-field work in Latrobe drew to a close -- not counting today's walk-through -- with QB Charlie Batch hitting RB Noah Herron , who executed a quick spin move in eluding LB Ronald Stanley before bolting into the end zone.