Big plays and picks highlight practice No. 6

A rainy Monday gave way to a beautiful Tuesday for Wildcat fall camp. It was business as usual for the Wildcats, save for a handful of big plays on both sides of the ball.

For the most part it was business as usual for the team. While the offense works on adding wrinkles to the offense and fine tuning their timing, the defense continues to just work on technique and fundamentals.

7-on-7 drills saw the defense making some big plays, both at the expense of Kris Heavner. The senior quarterback threw a pair of picks in a five pass span. Xavier Kelley was the first to get his hands on the football. Corey Hall followed it up with a pick of his own.

Even though there was not supposed to be any hitting, Rod Rivera was crushed by Cam Nelson when a Willie Tuitama pass led him into traffic and the waiting shoulder of Nelson.

In the 11-on-11 drills the offense made four big plays, including that would have gone for sure touchdowns.

The first long pass went to a wide open Terrell Reese. Reese found a seam in the Wildcat secondary and was all alone when Tuitama led him a bit too far. Reese made the catch but had to stretch for it and was off balanced when he began to run he stumbled and fell.

It wasn't all smiles for Reese. Despite catching the long pass, he dropped two more passes and had to stay after practice and catch extra balls from the JUGGS machine.

Delashaun Dean was the other redshirt freshman to make a big play. Four plays after Reese's big catch, Dean hauled in a long ball of his own.

The Wildcats' two veteran receivers made the biggest plays of the day late in the practice session. A play after running the ball on a reverse, Mike Thomas took a little dump off pass, got a block, made a move and raced untouched down the sidelines for what would have been a surefire score.

The very next play saw Anthony Johnson find another seam in the secondary. This time Tuitama's pass was perfect and the senior caught the ball in stride for what appeared to be another easy score.

All was not perfect for Tuitama. He was sacked once and threw an interception to Ronnie Palmer.


*Terrell Turner suffered some minor ligament damage in his wrist and was held out of practice. He is expected to return by the end of the week, if not sooner.

*Although Derrick Barkum was supposed to join the team on Tuesday, there was still a hang-up with the admissions department and he was not cleared to play. All expect him to join the team officially in the next few days.

*Nate Ness was back on the field after suffering a sprained ankle.

*Michael Klyce has been working with the first team at strong safety. Cam Nelson got the call at nickel back.

*The team did a lot of work on the blitz during 7-on-7. For the most part the offense did a good job picking it up and hitting their hot reads.

*The team spent extra time on kick off return. Thomas and Antoine Cason seem to be the most likely candidates to run back kicks, with Michael Turner also in the mix.

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