Fall camp: day 6

Wednesday is the start of two-a-days for the Cougars. With BYU's first fall scrimmage one day away, the team wore shells again during Wednesday's morning practice.

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Tuesday's scrimmage may have been cut short when Coach Mendenhall determined his team needed a "learning opportunity" in the form of an exhaustive drill, but things were back to normal in Wednesday's morning practice.

Things got off to a bad start for quarterback Riley Nelson, with outside linebacker Spencer Hadley intercepting his first pass and returning it for a touchdown. In all, Nelson went just 1-of-4, with his lone completion being a swing pass to running back David Foote.

James Lark was able to complete a pass of about 20 yards to Brett Thompson, which was then followed by an Adam Hine touchdown run of about 35 yards. Lark finished 1-of-2.

Taysom Hill went 1-of-2 with a swing pass to Iona Pritchard, and also picked up some yards on the ground with a couple rushes.

Ammon Olsen and Jason Munns did not receive scrimmage reps.

Sawyer Powell and Micah Hannemann each had a pass breakup.


- Normally, plays are quickly whistled dead as soon as defenders get pressure on the quarterback. However, this fall the coaches have opted to forgo early whistles and instead let the play continue on (although the defenders are still not allowed to hit the quarterback).

- Cody Hoffman and Joe Sampson both returned after missing the past four practices for a disciplinary issue. Hoffman got some reps with the ones, while Sampson ran with the third-team defense.

- Offensive lineman Brock Stringham is no longer wearing a walking boot and is fully participating with the team.

- Mendenhall said after the practice that kicker Justin Sorensen was seeing a doctor on Tuesday about his back injury, but hadn't yet heard what the verdict was or when he could be cleared to play.

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