Full padded practice on Monday

Overnight rains drenched the field over an Rincon Vista, so the Wildcats moved over the synthetic field over at Tucson High School. On the turf the Wildcats went through their 5th practice of spring ball.

Not only was the team on the turf, but they were in full pads.

Early offensive drills were designed to work on timing between the quarterbacks and receivers. Even with defensive backs involved, the emphasis has been placed on timing and precision.

In an interesting move Sonny Dykes bounced between QB/WR drills and line on line running drills. For all the hype about him being a passing guy, he took time to make sure the running game was operating well.

At one point Jason Bondzio decided to work on his kickoffs on the sideline. His first two efforts were not very good and he got some serious ribbing from some of the other special teamers. After than he settled down and really boomed a couple kicks.

The line play has been a real battle, with each side having their own moments. The good news for fans of the offense may be that even when the defensive line stuffs the run, it really comes from clogging the gap, not getting deep penetration.

That wasn't true on one carry during 11-on-11 drills. Mana Mikaele pushed Cody Anderson into Terry Longbons, causing the sophomore runner to fumble the football. Longbons gathered up the football but it was a great play by the redshirt freshman defensive lineman.

Nicolas Grigsby continues to impress. He is a very shifty runner, who seems to have a good burst.

Terrell Turner had the play of the day. In a receivers vs. defensive back drill Turner got behind Antoine Cason and hauled in a long bomb. He kept running to the other half of the field, where the linemen were battling. He was whooping and hollering, clearly having fun. Cason, who was smiling, obviously a bit embarrassed, heard an earful from some of the other defensive backs. He did not let another receiver behind him all night.

Turner was the star of the 7-on-7 drills. He caught a team-high four passes, including three consecutive. All told 12 Wildcats caught passes from four Wildcat QB's. The best catch may have come from Rob Gronkowski who crossed another receiver and stole the ball from the air. It was a perfectly timed throw from Bryson Beirne, who was seeing his first action of camp. The true freshman was 5-10 in the drill.

Willie Tuitama was 10-14 during the session.

In 11-on-11;s eight players caught passes, again all four scholarship quarterbacks took snaps.


*JC transfer Derrick Barkum is expected to join the team tomorrow. His start of camp has been delayed due to some academic issues.

*The team was originally scheduled to conduct two practices on Wednesday, but will now practice twice on Thursday.

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