Fall Practice Report: Day 3 (Updated)

The offense came out strong after the defense dominated the first couple of days of practice. The team practiced in shells for the first time this fall, with the practice being a bit more spirited.

No Half Hour for Newbies

-Tuesday saw coaches do away with the half-hour newcomer practice set, as the entire team took the field shortly after 10 a.m. This is the first day that the team practiced in "shells," which means helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.

-The offensive line was the first unit to take the field, chanting "o-Line" together as a group as they took the practice field. Their position coach Mark Weber has to be one of the more popular coaches on staff, as he always has a joke ready that has his position group in stitches most mornings.

-As the offensive line took the field, quarterback coach Brandon Doman jokingly decided to blindside Terence Brown, hoping to de-cleat the big Cougar center. Brown held his own, as most would imagine.

-Drew Phillips again didn't dress, as he's still waiting for the slow wheels of the NCAA to turn in order to clear him. Phillips was one of the more intriguing true freshmen coming in, so it's been very frustrating that he hasn't been able to participate as of yet.

-Jason Speredon is again lined up as the starting right guard, as Nick Alletto has been held out with some minor injuries. Speredon has always been a good prospect who has been held down with a bevy of injury problems. Maybe this is the year where he finally stays healthy and may end up starting.

-The joking ended somewhat early for Coach Weber, as he got after several second-team offensive linemen early during drills.

-There was a high snap during early drills, which reminds me of the fact that snaps have been pretty good so far during practices. Hopefully it's something that continues, as successful snapping of the football should be a given for a successful offensive unit.

-Joshua Quezada had a couple of really nice catches during passing tree drills. Catching the football will be key for Quezada if he hopes to be BYU's featured running back this year.

-O'Neill Chambers looked very good during the passing tree drills, making several leaping and one-handed catches as he looks to respond from yesterday's big drop.

Blue zone Drills

-Riley Nelson got the first reps with the ones against the ones and promptly threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Quezada.

-Jake Heaps got the next set with the twos on offense going against the twos on defense. After a sack by both Kyle Van Noy and Jordan Richardson, Heaps completed passes of 8 and 17 yards to Hoffman and Ross Apo respectively, with the last pass going for a touchdown.

-Heaps then got another set with the ones on offense going against the threes on defense. Heaps finished the set completing all three of his passes for a total of 21 yards. Passes were completed to Bryan Kariya and Quezada, with the final 12-yard pass going to McKay Jacobson for a touchdown.

-Nelson started out the next set with the threes on offense going against the ones on defense. After an 8-yard run by A.J. Moore, Nelson hit Marcus Mathews from 12 yards out for a touchdown.

-James Lark then got the next set with the ones on offense going against the twos on defense. His only pass fell incomplete, but he got them into the end zone after an 11-yard run from J.J. Di Luigi, a 6-yard run by Lark and a 3-yard touchdown run by Kariya.

-The team then practiced kickoff returns. J.D. Falslev, McKay Jacobson, O'Neill Chambers, J.J. Di Luigi, Spencer Hafoka and Dalin Tollestrup took turns fielding the kicks.

Final Team Drills

-Jake Heaps got the first set with the first-team offense against the first-team defense and finished the set going 5-of-6 for 43 yards and an interception. He was picked off by Brian Logan as the team entered the blue zone, which killed an otherwise impressive set of reps.

-Heaps completed passes to Mike Muehlmann for 20 yards, Luke Ashworth twice for a combined 11 yards, J.J. Di Luigi for 7 yards and Bryan Kariya for 6 yards.

-Kyle Van Noy got his first work with the first-team defense playing Sam linebacker Tuesday. Coach Mendenhall mentioned after practice that they're still deciding which of the two positions he's best suited for.

-Riley Nelson then got in with the second- and third-team offense going against the second-team defense. He finished the set going 2-of-3 for 38 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball three times for 32 yards.

-Nelson's two completions went to Austin Holt for 21 yards and then to B.J. Peterson for a 17-yard touchdown.

-Jason Munns then got in with the ones on offense going against the twos on defense. He finished the set completing all three of his passes for 30 yards. Passes were completed to J.D. Falslev, Matt Marshall and Mike Hague during the set.

-Defensive standouts were Kyle Van Noy recording yet another sack and Jordan Richardson recording a sack of his own.

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