Spring Practice Report: Day 5

During any practice session the level of intensity is raised along with the level of execution. While intensity is a very good thing to have on the football field, it needs to be tempered to some degree in order for the execution level to be maintained and increased. Balancing both aspects can be tricky for any team and their coach.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall faces the challenge of making sure his team's level of intensity is high, but he also faces the challenge of making sure it isn't too high. Monday's practice showed that he had to do the latter to some degree.

Following some overaggressive play by the first-team defenders during the practice, Coach Mendenhall replaced the unit with the third-team players to finish out the day. "It was getting intense out there," mentioned cornerback Brandon Howard. "But we need that, we need to be intense, but we also need to be in control at all times."

Practice Notes

-Cade Cooper got the first set of reps with the first-team and struggled, throwing three straight incompletions which ended the set.

-Max Hall then got a set with the 2s and went 5-8 for 50 yards. Ryan Neely caught two passes for 24 yards during the set. Austen Jorgensen was the standout on defense, knocking down a pass in the end zone which helped keep the offense short of the goal line.

-Cooper then got another set with the 1s and went 2-5 for 12 yards. Both Russell Tialavea and Bryan Kehl knocked down passes during the set. Cooper then got another short set with the 1s and threw two incompletions with no complete passes.

-Hall didn't fare much better on the next set. He threw two passes, one of which was a five-yard completion to Bryce Mahuika, while the other pass was knocked down by Dan Van Sweden in coverage.

-Cooper then guided the 1s on offense to a score against the 3s on defense, going 5-7 for 60 yards during the set. Highlights included a sack by Dan Van Sweden, two passes to Daniel Tervort of 18 and 20 yards, and was capped off with a five-yard touchdown pass to Mahuika.

-Hall responded in kind with a touchdown of his own. Hall went 4-5 on the final set, completing a pass to Brock Hansen from 15 yards out for the score.

-Austin Collie was held out of 11-on-11 drills

-Kyle Luekenga separated his shoulder during practice and will be evaluated further.

-Chris Warner watched the practice on crutches with an apparent leg injury.

-Recent Cougar signee Marcus Matthews was in attendance. Matthews plans on serving a mission right out of high school before enrolling at BYU.

-Houston Reynolds recently received his mission call to the Hamburg, Germany mission.

-Walter Kahaialii still plans on a mission, but won't leave until after the 2007 season.

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