Fall practice: day eight

With the Cougars practicing Monday morning in shells, the defense had its strongest performance against the offense this fall, and there were no touchdowns to be had.

The offense started out fall camp very strongly, with quarterback Jake Heaps in particular giving the defense headache after headache.

But despite having some drives start in the blue zone, the offense was unable to hit pay dirt on Monday.

It was just another example of the back-and-forth nature of camp as offenses and defenses trade blows.

"Just another good practice day, and as always, there'll be days that swing one way or the other," said Coach Mendenhall, "and you always want to see one side or the other respond if they think they can do better or the perception is they can do better from the day before."

Meanwhile, after stating last spring that he was having more fun than at any point in his career, Mendenhall said that has continued this fall.

"Yeah, just ‘cause I love the people I'm around. Our coaches and our players are making it really enjoyable."


The Monday morning scrimmage stats reflect the offensive utility. Jake Heaps completed 1-of-3 passes for 4 yards, with his lone completion going to Cody Hoffman. James Lark, who got the first action with the twos, completed 2-of-4 passes for 8 yards. Riley Nelson did not record any passing stats.

Ezekiel Ansah – surprise, surprise – recorded a sack. Meanwhile, Jameson Frazier returned to the practice field for the first time after nursing an abdominal strain, and played behind Jordan Pendleton at the Sam linebacker spot. He was a thorn in Heaps' side, recording a sack during the scrimmage and also recording a pick-six in skeli drills.

For the most part, the only offense came from Justin Sorensen, who connected on field goals from 42 yards (twice), 47 yards, and 52 yards (twice). His lone miss was from 52 yards.


- Jadon Wagner has finally been cleared and will practice Monday afternoon.

- Mendenhall said that if the season started now, the starter at field corner would be Corby Eason, followed by Robbie Buckner and Jordan Johnson. Preston Hadley would be the starter at boundary, followed by DeQuan Everett and Joe Sampson.

- Iona Pritchard had surgery over the weekend after dislocating an ankle and fracturing his fibula on the first play of Saturday's scrimmage. It will likely be 10-to-12 weeks until he will be able to walk normally. Head trainer Kevin Morris said that after surgery as Pritchard was coming out of the anesthesia, he was calling out the offense's plays to himself. Now that's dedication!

- After rejoining the team this fall, Malosi Te'o has once again left the football program, this time to deal with some family matters at home.

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