Heavner No. 2 and other news

With most of the starting spots on the team locked up, some of the most exciting battles have been for back-up or rotation roles. One of those roles has been all but sewn up. This and other tidbits from camp…

As we mentioned in a story last night, Kris Heavner should win the No. 2 quarterback job backing up Willie Tuitama. Over the past few days, Heavner has taken the bulk of the snaps behind Tuitama and even has had a run or two with the first team.

"Kris has played well and it looks like he will hold that position unless something changes in the next scrimmage," said Mike Stoops.

In Tuesday morning's practice, Lyon took just one snap in team drills and did not get a look during 7-on-7's. Heavner has shown the ability to make quick decisions in the offense and has the arm strength to make some big plays.

"Kris has played exceptionally well," Stoops said. "I think his release has gotten better. He understands the concepts of what we are doing offensively. He has done a nice job."

Interestingly enough, Heavner was recruited at Arizona by Sonny Dykes' brother Rick Dykes, when he was Arizona's offensive coordinator under John Mackovic. Rick left the program before Heavner enrolled, so Sonny will be the first Dykes to coach Heavner.

"I like the fact he his older than I am," Dykes said joking. He has played in a lot of games and is cool under pressure. He is a guy who is a student of the game. I think he probably wants to be a coach."

One knock on Heavner earlier in his career was that he never really seemed to grasp the original offense implemented when Stoops took over the program. Any of those criticisms no longer seem like they apply.

"He enjoys watching film and he is trying to take everything in," Dykes said. "What I like about him is he goes out and gets better every day in practice," Dykes added.

Injuries

The Cats have remained relatively injury free. Mana Mikaele has missed the past two practices with a bruised foot that occurred when he got his foot stepped on. Other than that it is just a bunch of bumps and bruises.

Academics

Everything sounds good for JC transfer Joseph Perkins. Expect a final decision later this week, but all indications are that he should be cleared to join the team. The same can't be said for Lavar Brown. He is not expected to join the team this season.

Academics Pt. 2

According to some staffers the Wildcats had a very good run in summer school. The team GPA from the summer is expected to be at or around 2.9.


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