Fall camp: day 4

Monday was the final day of fall camp before the Cougars wear pads for the first time. With the first full scrimmage of fall camp approaching (the Cougars will hold a public scrimmage at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Thursday), Riley Nelson had a productive day on Monday.

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Scrimmage

Riley Nelson went a perfect 7-of-7 during scrimmaging at the end of practice, although that included one of his passes being completed in his normal helter-skelter way. The pass was batted in the air by defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna, who looked as though he might intercept the pass, although the ball was fortuitously tipped to offensive lineman Braden Brown for the completion. No word yet on whether this will be added to the playbook.

Nelson completed the rest of his passes in much more conventional fashion, including a couple of plays that went for big yardage. Tight end Austin Holt caught a pass deep down the field, while running back David Foote had a 50-yard touchdown reception. On the latter play, Nelson's first reads were taken away, so he threw across the field to a wide, wide open Foote out of the backfield. With no one going to cover him, he sprinted down the sideline for the score.

Nelson also completed passes to brothers Marcus and Mitch Mathews, as well as J.D. Falslev, Michael Alisa and Skyler Ridley.

James Lark, Taysom Hill, Ammon Olsen and Jason Munns all failed to complete any passes, although none of them attempted more than two passes.

Cameron Comer broke up a deep pass from Lark to Brett Thompson.

With Justin Sorensen not yet kicking as he works to come back from an injury, punter Riley Stephenson handled field goals. He was successful on attempts from 42 and 37 yards, while missing an attempt from 39 yards.

In a surprise twist, quarterback Taysom Hill kicked a short field goal and a PAT. He was successful on both attempts. Hill actually handled kicking duties while at Highland High School. With Lark serving as the holder and Hill as the kicker, that could potentially open up the opportunity for some trick plays should the coaches opt to go that direction.

Notes

- Former Cougar basketball star and national player of the year Jimmer Fredette made an appearance at the practice field on Monday.

- After spraining his ankle on the first day of fall camp, defensive lineman Russell Tialavea saw his first scrimmage action on Monday.

- Former Cougar quarterback and current student assistant Max Hall threw to the Cougar receivers during individual position drills.


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