Fall practice: day two

The Cougars got back into action on Monday, the second day of fall camp. With the team still playing with helmets only, Monday saw the first-team offense come back down to earth a little bit.

Regarding Monday's practice, Coach Mendenhall said there was more consistency than Saturday's practice, but that the energy wasn't as high.

The first-team, second-team and third-team offenses each got just one drive during the practice-ending scrimmage.

After lighting it up on Saturday to the tune of 108 yards and two touchdowns on 8-of-9 passing, quarterback Jake Heaps was solid again on Monday but didn't have gaudy numbers. He did complete four of his five attempts, but only for 31 yards and no touchdowns. The drive ended with a successful 45-yard field goal from Justin Sorensen, albeit without any defenders on the field attempting to block the kick.

Rhen Brown, Cody Hoffman and Ross Apo caught passes on the drive.

Ezekiel ‘Jiggy' Ansah recorded a sack against the ones.

"Ziggy will play for us in nickel situations rushing the passer this year," said Coach Mendenhall, "and we'll kind of go step by step and that's a good place for him to start, and he's trained very hard over the summer and it shows. He's actually able to practice now with his head up, without his hands on his knees."

Riley Nelson and the second-team offense's drive was short-lived, as Mike Hague picked off a deep Nelson pass on the first play.

James Lark and the threes were able to have the most success on offense. Lark completed all five of his passes for 36 yards, including a 7-yard touchdown pass to Dallin Cutler. He also completed passes to J.D. Falslev, David Foote and Matt Marshall on the drive.

Mendenhall said there is a possibility that Lark could move up the quarterback depth chart, although that is certainly not a given at this time.

"James is doing a really nice job," said Mendenhall. "He came back in excellent, excellent shape, and I've been impressed so far in two days, and he had a good spring. And so I'm not saying right now they'll be any changes, but camp is long, and James has done a nice job for two days."

Notes

- Jordan Pendleton missed Monday's practice in order to make a presentation for one of his classes. Jameson Frazier, meanwhile, is recovering from an abdominal strain and also didn't practice, but is expected back soon.

- Oregon State transfer Uani Unga, who will redshirt this year because of NCAA transfer rules making him ineligible to play, is not in camp now and will join the team when school starts.

- Regarding how much he'll consult with Coach Doman to set up the offense's depth chart, Mendenhall said, "I don't plan on having any influence. I plan on trusting the offensive staff to do the work and put the players where they need to go to help us reach our potential."


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