Practice Report Day 4

Week two of fall camp began on Monday night and even if a number of players were held out, there was still a lot of good action on the field. Competition is starting to bring out the best in players and there is a positive mood around camp.

With the first game almost a month away, the team is being very careful and holding out veteran players who are a tad dinged up. A handful of players who could have played in a normal game week, watched from the sidelines and younger players got extra reps.

The biggest news of the day was D'aundre Reed and Michael Turner being ruled eligible. The two had to await word from the clearinghouse but were on the field Monday night. Turner got some quality reps at corner back and fared pretty well. He wasn't challenged, but he also wasn't beaten. He gives the Cats a much needed depth at corner where they have just five scholarship players at that position.

The fullback/h-back position is getting very interesting. True freshmen Brooks Reed and Earl Mitchell continue to get more and more reps. They are being used primarily as blockers but Reed has shown the ability to make some nice catches.

One of the best performers of the night was wide receiver Anthony Johnson. With the three freshmen getting all the headlines, Johnson showed that he was not going to give up his job without a fight. Johnson made two big catches, including one over Marcus Hollingsworth that a shorter player could not have made.

The defensive backs did make a couple of very nice plays themselves. Antoine Cason jumped in front of a Willie Tuitama pass and came very close to picking it off and returning it a long way. Michael Klyce did get it done. He made a leaping steal of an Adam Austin pass.

Louis Holmes continues to get more work. The defensive end registered his first sack when he shed his blocker and got to a rolling out Austin who had no where to go.

The running backs continue to battle. Xavier Smith, Chris Henry and Chris Jennings are getting the bulk of the carries and all have shown flashes. Not to be outdone, Terry Longbons had a nice rush to the outside where he tiptoed the sideline to stay in bounds and pick up additional yards.

Arizona showed some new combinations on the offensive line. With Pete Graniello sitting out, Eben Britton moved to left tackle while Daniel Borg played right tackle. Blake Kerley seems to have a hold on the back-up center spot and may be able to challenge Erick Levitre for the top spot. Colin Baxter is also in the mix but seems to be No. 3 right now.

NOTES: *Turner will wear #2, while Reed will don #83.

*Shawn Best has moved to the offensive line and has changed his number to 79.

*The Cats are still awaiting word on Braylon Broughton, Gabe Long and Derke Robinson. Word is that Robinson could be cleared in the next few days, but nothing is official.


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