Johnson continues to shine

Training camp has nearly hit the halfway point and things are progressing for the Wildcats. The team is "polishing" the offense and defense, while getting into the condition they will need for the regular season. Thursday night's practice ended with a controlled scrimmage that let the team battle it out a little more than usual.

Starting quarterback Jason Johnson led a number of strong offensive pushes in third-down situation scrimmages Thursday night at the Rincon Sports Complex. On the opening third and four situation, Johnson connected with wide receiver Lance Relford for a 35-yard completion. All told, Johnson was 4-for-5 on the initial drive. Johnson and Relford connected on another 10-yard completion. The starting signal caller also had a pass completion of 22 yards to Andrae Thurman.

Nic Costa was not as effective. The redshirt freshman endured three sacks during his opportunities behind center. He did connect on an 11-yard reception to Juan Valentine.

Freshman Ryan O'Hara was 2-for-5 with two sacks, but did convert on a 40-yard reception to freshman Biren Ealy.

Carlos Williams and Carl Tuitavuki were in on sacks of Costa and O'Hara. Clay Hardt leveled running back Mike Bell, who fumbled the ball out of bounds.

*Darren Safranek's MRI showed no significant damage. He was dressed out and will wear a brace.

*Javier Martinez has re-joined the team after taking care of "personal business."

*Wide receiver Mike Jefferson will have his knee scoped on Monday.

*After sitting out Wednesday's morning practice, Johnson was 19-of-20 in his next two 7-on-7 drills. His lone incompletion was a dropped pass by Matt Padron.

*Keoki Fraser did not suit up for the morning or evening sessions. It is not considered a serious problem and he should be back in action in the next day or two.

Michael Schwertley, a walk-on for the UA basketball team, is slated to join the team as a tight end. Schwertley is listed at 6-5, 235 pounds.

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