Practice Report: Day 6 (Updated)

The fans came out in force for the first open practice to the public this fall. The team did their best to put on a good show for them as they prepare for the coming season.

Initial Impressions

-Drew Phillips wasn't dressed Friday after suiting up for the first time the day before.

-Friday's practice goes to show how strong BYU is as a football program, as it was standing room only for those hoping to get a glance at the team for the first time. There are a lot of new faces to see and subsequently a lot of impending excitement for the coming season and what it has in store.

-Brandon Bradley showed well again very early, picking off a pass intended for McKay Jacobson during one-on-one drills. Cody Hoffman made a great leaping catch in the back of the end zone as he continued to assert himself as a two-deep option.

-Corby Eason defended well during the one-on-one drills, looking to build on his impressive outing a day ago. Luke Ashworth continued to impress, as he has really tightened his routes so far this fall.

Blue zone Drills

-Jake Heaps got the first set of reps with the ones going against the ones. The offense got into the end zone on two plays with O'Neill Chambers hauling in a 12-yard pass over Brandon Bradley who had very tight coverage.

-It was one of those passes that had absolutely no margin for error as both Heaps and Chambers made a great play. J.J. Di Luigi ran the ball for an 8-yard gain to get the offense into position to score.

-Riley Nelson got the next set with the twos going against the twos. He went 2-of-2 for 13 yards with completions of 8 yards to B.J. Peterson and 5 yards to Cody Hoffman. He also rushed the ball twice for 11 yards on a set that was put back due to some penalties.

-On the final play of Nelson's set, he got his signals crossed with true freshman A.J. Moore on a 1-yard run, causing the play to get pushed back and culminating into a fumble which was recovered by the defense.

-Nelson then got another set with the ones on offense going against the threes on defense. After a pass completed to Bryan Kariya for a short loss, Nelson hit Spencer Hafoka for a 21-yard touchdown pass.

-Nelson was able to buy a lot of time in the pocket before finding Hafoka, who was wide open in the end zone after he beat Jordan Johnson in coverage by about four yards. It's a play that probably wouldn't have been there against the first-team defense.

-Heaps then got the next set with the threes on offense going against the ones on defense. His only pass fell incomplete, while David Foote contributed with a 6-yard run. The team ran a fake field goal at the end of the set, with Matt Marshall being held short on a run.

-Vic So'oto recorded a sack on the second-to-last play as he bull-rushed true freshman Jordan Black, which effectively put an end to the set.

Final Team Drills

-Jake Heaps got the first set of reps with the ones on offense going against the ones on defense. He finished going 2-of-3 for 27 yards with completions of 17 yards to Chambers and 10 yards to Di Luigi.

-His incompletion should have been picked by Steven Thomas, as he threw it long into triple coverage. Kyle Van Noy stripped Joshua Quezada to force a fumble that ended the set.

-Jason Munns got the next set of reps with the twos going against the twos. He finished going 1-of-2 for no yards, with his lone completion going to Matt Marshall.

-Van Noy recorded a couple of sacks and Eathyn Manumaleuna recorded one of his own. Corby Eason showed well, knocking down an attempted sideline pass to Hoffman.

-Nelson got in for the next set directing the ones on offense against the threes on defense. He finished going 3-of-4 for 45 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown pass to McKay Jacobson. He also ran the ball a couple of times for 25 yards.

-Chambers made the highlight catch of the set, going up high and long for a 26-yard pass along the sideline. The extra point was one of the first of three that was missed, as Riley Stephenson had problems getting much height on the football.

-Heaps then went with the threes on offense against the ones on defense. He finished going 1-of-2 for 7 yards on a pass to Hoffman. He threw a perfect pass that would have gone for 50 yards had Ross Apo not dropped it.

-Heaps then got another set with the ones on offense going against the twos on defense. He finished going 3-of-3 for 47 yards with passes completed to Jacobson for 17 yards, Chambers for 25 yards and Mike Muehlmann for a 5-yard touchdown.

-Chambers took what was an 8-yard toss quickly upfield for an impressive run after the catch for the 25-yard gain. The extra point was blocked again after the conclusion of that set, and was returned almost all the way back by cornerback Robbie Buckner.

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