Throughout the practice the team worked on certain situations that take place during a football game. Along with blue zone drills, goal line drills and back-against-the-goal line drills for the offense, the practice also saw extensive work done on kickoff coverage and returns, among other things.
Field Goal Drills
The team started the day lining up for field goal practice. Mitch Payne set up from 35 yards to start out, and then moved about 4 yards back before attempting his next kick. Payne progressed back to the 53-yard line to end the drill, which ended as the 53-yard attempt was true.
Payne finished going 5-of-6 on the day, with his only miss coming from about 45 yards out. Payne then participated in kickoff drills, in which most of his kickoffs went to about the 10-yard line.
Collie in the Corner
Throughout the day Max Hall was able to hit receiver Austin Collie time and again on corner routes. Hall hit Collie three times during the day in the corner of the end zone during 7-on-7 drills and during the full-contact scrimmage.
Two of Collie's touchdowns came during the goal line drills, while his one touchdown during 7-on-7s came as Hall dropped it perfectly to Collie in the right corner of the end zone from 30 yards out.
Collie also hit Manase Tonga from 3 yards out, finishing the day going 9-for-14 for 89 yards during full-contact work.
"It felt great out there," said Hall. "Our first live session didn't go very good, but we were able to execute some good things after that. We're not perfect, but we did a lot of good things today. I'm proud of how my guys played today."
The defense had their moments as well, holding firm to keep the offense out of the end zone twice during goal line drills. Big plays were made by several players throughout the day.
-Brandon Howard was able to knock down a slant pass intended for Reed.
Other Offensive Notables
-Tight ends Dennis Pitta and Andrew George both had successful outings. Pitta's biggest play came on a 23-yard pass from Hall, while George was able to sustain two huge hits across the middle and hang on to a pass for a7- yard completion.
-J.J. DiLuigi had successive runs for 11 and 5 yards during blue zone drills, showing good burst.
-Latu had a 3-yard touchdown run during which he was hit and wrapped up at the goal line, but was able to bull his way through and into the end zone.