Fall camp: day 1

The Cougars opened fall camp on Thursday in preparation for the 2012 season. Listen to what Coach Mendenhall had to say following the practice, and find out how the day went.

Coach Mendenhall interview


While the Cougars went through their normal scrimmage session at the end of practice, the chains were never moved. Instead, they operated from the same line of scrimmage the entire time. As Mendenhall noted in his interview following practice, when the chains move, it gets more competitive, which leads to players wanting to tackle. And as the players aren't wearing pads yet, the coaches wanted to keep the players from tackling.

That mostly worked, although at one point Daniel Soresen was ordered off the scrimmage field after he leveled running back Paul Lasike.

Riley Nelson naturally led the way with the first-team offense. He completed passes to Cody Hoffman, Brett Thompson, Marcus Mathews and Michael Alisa.

James Lark ran with the twos and completed passes to Devin Mahina and Iona Pritchard.

Jason Munns completed a pass to Mike Edmunds.

None of the other quarterbacks got scrimmage reps, including Taysom Hill, who many have speculated could receive playing time this year in order to prepare him for a starting role next year. In the above Mendenhall interview, the Cougar head coach did say that Hill could play a role this season.

Alisa, David Foote, Adam Hine and Lasike all carried the ball. Slot receiver J.D. Falslev also got in on the rushing action on some fly sweeps.

With no moving of the chains and no particularly big plays downfield, the offense was kept out of the end zone.


- Current and former Cougar basketball players Noah Hartsock, Brandon Davies, Nate Austin, Chris Collinsworth and Lamont Morgan all watched a portion of the practice.

- Quarterback Tanner Mangum, a member of the 2012 recruiting class, was at practice and hung out around the quarterback group. He is greyshirting this year before leaving for his mission to Chile in December.

- Tight ends Devin Mahina, Richard Wilson and Austin Holt all missed spring camp while dealing with injuries suffered last year, but all three practiced on Thursday. Redshirt freshman tight end Stehly Reden also practiced.

- Defensive lineman Russell Tialavea hurt his ankle while warming up for practice and thus sat out, but his injury isn't believed to be serious.

- Quarterback Alex Kuresa has been moved to receiver.

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