Spring practice report: day 2

There's been a lot of talk about the increased intensity – particularly on the offensive side of the ball – that is being found in the football program under the leadership of the coaching staff, and that was certainly the case again on the second day of spring camp.

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The Cougars practice indoors on Wednesday, and the intensity was certainly not lacking. There was no babying of players as the coaches yelled at their charges and demanded near-perfection during drills. There were multiple team-wide drills that had to be run over and over until the players met the coaches' standards.


Taysom Hill got first-team reps and completed 6 of 7 passes, with the lone incompletion being a drop by the intended receiver. He completed a pass of about 20 yards to Ross Apo, and also had shorter completions to Kaneakua Friel, Adam Hine (twice) and Brett Thompson.

Rushing duties were shared primarily by Michael Alisa and Hine. Hill also had several carries for about 15 yards. The offense reached the blue zone during the drive but was unable to punch it in, instead settling for a field goal.

Next, Christian Stewart led the second-team offense. He completed each of his two passes, one to Dallin Cutler and the other to Paul Lasike. After getting an initial first down, the offense stalled following a quarterback scramble and Lasike run for no gain, and then a third-down pass to Lasike that failed to move the chains.

The offense saw the most success during its third and final drive of the scrimmage. Quarterback Ammon Olsen completed 4 of 5 passes, and like with Hill, his lone incompletion was a drop. He started off by hitting Jamaal Williams out of the backfield, and followed that up with a scramble and a then a completion to Marcus Mathews for about 10 yards.

Not to be outdone by his older brother, Mitch Mathews then got behind the secondary on the next play and hauled in a pass about 40 or so yards downfield, setting the offense up in the blue zone. Two plays later, Olsen connected with Apo in the end zone.

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