Spring practice: day 2

On Tuesday the Cougars – still in shells – got back after it on the practice field. All in all, while the enthusiasm of the first day of spring camp was still there, Coach Mendenhall noted afterward that the play was a little bit cleaner.

First scrimmage session

Scrimmaging during the second day of spring camp featured a frequently rotating defense, as the ones, twos, etc. on defense were switched often. This even carried over to a lesser extent to the offense, as one group on offense would be substituted for another at times despite still having downs left in their series.

The ones on offense, led by quarterback Jake Heaps, got things started with a 2-yard run by J.J. Di Luigi, a 7-yard run by Joshua Quezada, and a 13-yard pass to Austin Holt to move the chains.

Following a Di Luigi run for no gain, quarterback Riley Nelson took over the offense for a couple plays. Nelson had a 13-yard pass to Devin Mahina, which was followed by a Quezada run for little gain.

James Lark then got in on the action. Following another short run by Quezada, Lark's only pass fell incomplete.

Next up directing the offense was Jason Munns. Di Luigi got things going with a 25-yard run, and redshirt freshman Drew Phillips – absent from Monday's practice – got his first action of spring camp with a 5-yard run. Munns was sacked by Graham Rowley on the only passing play of his set.

Heaps closed out the first scrimmage session of Tuesday's practice. After a Di Luigi rush for no gain and a 3-yard rush by Quezada, Heaps completed a pass to running back David Foote for little gain.

Second scrimmage session

Heaps again got things started during the second session, completing a 5-yard pass to McKay Jacobson. The offense, however, stalled afterwards. Di Luigi was stopped in the backfield for no gain, and Heaps was sacked on the next play by Connell Hess. A 5-yard penalty for delay of game and a Heaps incompletion ended the set.

Nelson's next set didn't start any better, but after two plays for no gain, he completed a 20-yard pass to Marcus Mathews. After a 3-yard scramble by Nelson, Phillips got involved thanks to a 5-yard reception and two consecutive rushes for a combined 4 yards. A Nelson incompletion ended the set.

Heaps then led the next set of reps. He completed a 13-yard pass to Cody Hoffman and 3-yard pass to Di Luigi. After a 3-yard rush by Quezada, Heaps capped of the set with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Mahina.

Munns then took over the reins of the offense. Ryan Folsom rushed for 2 yards before an incompletion and a sack by Jameson Frazier stalled the drive.

Another Heaps drive ended following a 5-yard run by Di Luigi, an incompletion and another sack by Hess.

Lark saw the final action of the day and started it off in style by completing a 50-yard pass to J.D. Falslev. However, following a Quezada rush for 2 yards and reception for no gain, two straight incompletions stalled the promising drive in the red zone.

Practice notes

- Strength and conditioning coach Jay Omer was serenaded after practice by the team, which sang ‘Happy Birthday' to him.

- Ross Apo left the practice field after running into a fence and falling down hard on his shoulder while going for a deep pass during one-on-one drills. Head trainer Kevin Morris said it didn't appear to be serious, though he wasn't sure yet of the extent of the injury.

- Of those players that didn't practice on Monday, the following were suited up on Tuesday: Drew Phillips (as previously mentioned), Jray Galea'i and Zac Stout. Stout did not participate in the scrimmaging, however.

- Bryan Kariya made an appearance during the latter portion of practice in street clothes. Kevin Morris wasn't certain, but believed Kariya missed practice due to something class-related.


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