Offensive Woes Continue For Cougars

The offensive struggles in team drills from Monday continued again today. The quarterbacks were unable to find their rhythm with the receivers as the offensive line, battered and bruised, continues to struggle with protection.

It wasn't a pretty day of practice today offensively and not a single pass was completed today during team practice. On the first play of scrimmage, the defense covered the receivers well down field causing Nelson to run after the pocked squeezed. Nelson took off for a 11 yard gain to start the series.

The only success in the first series came by way of a Joshua Quezada rush for three yards. Nelson threw two incomplete passes in the first series.

On the defensive side of the ball, the second series became the Ziggy Ansah show. Having switched from defensive tackle to Will linebacker last season, Ansah is now back at left defensive tackle where he shined today against Lark and the second team offense.

On the first play of the second series, Ansah beat the block of Ryan Freeman and got into the backfield to make the tackle for a loss against Paul Lasike. On the second play of the series, Ansah was able to knock down a Lark pass after denting the pocket in the middle. The second string offense went three and out after Cameron Comer broke up a passing attempt to Cody Raymond.

Lark went 0-2 in the second series.

Nelson came back in with the first team and, in his second series of the day, threw three incomplete passes for a three and out.

In the two series combined, Nelson went 0-5 to finish out the day.

Ammon Olson got a shot with the third team offense, and again, defensive tackle Ezekiel Ansah made his presence felt with a tackle for a loss on walk-on running back running back Nate Carter. After the defense broke up a pass, outside linebacker Seth Probert caused a fumble on the edge which Ansah recovered, ending today's practice.

Olson went 0-1 on the day.

Sideline Notes

Cornerback Jordan Johnson went down early in today's practice with an apparent leg injury. Head Trainer Kevin Morris did an on-field evaluation of Johnson and should better understand the extent of the injury following practice.

"We took him inside to look at his knee and lower leg to see what was going on," said trainer Kevin Morris. "I'll go back in and evaluate him again. The on-field evaluation, the ACL looks good. We'll kind of look at the lower leg and where he just kind of tweaked his knee."

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