Sophomore cornerback Johnny Patrick had another solid day. After intercepting two passes on Tuesday, Patrick came up with two more picks during Wednesday's practice and forced a fumble on Maurice Clark.
Zach Kiernan, a 6-6, 281 defensive end, is out for the spring with a knee injury. Kiernan, a redshirt freshman, is expected back by fall camp.
It appears clear that 6-4, 285 freshman Mario Benavides is being groomed as Eric Wood's eventual replacement at center. Just four days into spring practice, Benavides worked his way up to second string center during Wednesday's practice.
Speaking of Benavides, DT L.T. Walker welcomed the freshman to college football during one-on-one blocking drills. Matched up with Benavides, Walker drove him back to the marker and flattened him on his back. "Welcome to college football. Now you'll play with pad level," said o-line coach Brent Myers.
Speaking of Walker, he's looking really good physically this spring and batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage during the ‘live' portion of practice.
Defensive tackle Adrian Grady recorded a sack during 11 on 11's.
Ron English is trying to get corner Woodny Turenne to reach his potential. Turenne has been solid but you can sense English knows there's more ability there to pull out. After one play where Turenne had blanket coverage but the receiver still made the reception, English barked at Turenne. "How many times are you on a guy and don't make the play," English inquired. "Make the play!"
Trent Guy got past Woodny Turenne for a 60 yard touchdown grab during 11 on 11's.
Victor Anderson ripped off a nifty 25 yard gain. Anderson flashed some swift cutting ability on Wednesday.