Fall camp report: 8/19/13

After having Sunday off and getting the opportunity to rest and recuperate, the Cougars were back at it again on Monday morning. The team practiced in shells, and there was some sloppiness in the execution thanks to some turnovers and penalties.

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The first drive of the scrimmage was the Jamaal Williams Show. He started things off with a couple consecutive runs for a combined gain of more than 20 yards. Taysom Hill then completed one of his three following passing attempts, connecting with Ross Apo for a gain of about 9 yards. Williams capped off the drive with a 30-yard rushing touchdown.

The offense's next drive was one to forget. Following an offsides penalty on the defense, Ammon Olsen handed the ball off to Nate Carter, who fumbled. The ball was recovered by linebacker Matthew Relei.

Next up at quarterback was Christian Stewart. Algernon Brown and A.J. Moore both got some carries, albeit for minimal yardage. Meanwhile, receiver Luke Nelson – who just joined the roster after a few injuries opened some spots – caught a 4-yard pass and a 22-yard pass. The drive stalled after Stewart fumbled a snap. He was able to go and dive on the loose ball, but not until after a big loss.

Hill's second drive ended rather quickly, with true freshman Michael Davis intercepting him on the first play. Davis was a receiver the first two weeks of fall camp but was just moved over to corner to address the lack of dept there. Coach Mendenhall half-jokingly said Davis was able to get the pick because he knew what the play call was based off the play cards that the offense holds up. He was able to jump the route and return it to the end zone.

Olsen led the final drive of the morning practice. Carter had four carries, the longest going for 10 yards. Olsen also had a couple carries, although an offensive penalty negated his best run. Brown had a short run as well. The drive ended with a successful 39-yard field goal by Justin Sorensen.

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