Fall Practice Report: Day 10

Practice was open again Thursday, with fans packing the available viewing area completely full. A lot has been going on with BYU football over the past few days, including a heated quarterback race which was again the focus of those observing practice.

Initial Observations

-I'll be interested to see if Richard Wilson continues to assert himself during practice sessions. The tight end position is completely wide open currently and he could very well find himself as the primary option at the position should he continue making plays.

-Inside linebacker is opening up, with a lot of players being tried out with the first-team defense. The two players poised to make the biggest impact are perhaps Aveni Leung-Wai and Zac Stout, who have both started to show well during practices.

-Ross Apo was dressed Thursday after being held out for most of the week. He's someone that could be make a big impact, and he needs to if he hopes to contribute as a true freshman like a lot people were forecasting.

Team Drills

-The team drills were abbreviated following Wednesday's intense scrimmage, with the team skipping situational team drills and having only four sets during final team drills.

-Riley Nelson got the first set of reps with the ones on offense going against the ones on defense. He missed on his only pass attempt, and that incompletion was sandwiched between sacks recorded by Romney Fuga and Vic So'oto.

-Jakes Heaps then got the next set of reps with the twos going against the twos. He completed his lone pass attempt during the set, hitting Rhen Brown for an 11-yard gain.

-The defense held strong on two consecutive running plays, which ended the set. Joshua Quezada was stood up by some dominating defensive line play on third and short.

-Heaps then got another set with the ones on offense going against the threes on defense. He went 5-of-7 during the set for 54 yards, with completions to J.J. Di Luigi for 15 yards, Di Luigi again for -4 yards, Luke Ashworth for 21 yards, Di Luigi for 15 yards and Devin Mahina for 7 yards.

-The offense got into the end zone during the set on a 2-yard run by Di Luigi. Defensive highlights included Connell Hess dropping Di Luigi behind the line for a loss on his -4 yard reception.

-The final set was engineered by James Lark as the threes on offense went against the twos on defense. He went 1-of-2 during the set for 4 yards, with his lone completion going to Matt Marshall. Jray Galea'i and Zac Stout ended the set and the practice session by dropping Quezada for a loss of one yard on a running play.


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