Fall Camp: Day 12 Report

A gloomy Wednesday turned into a very interesting practice for the Maroon and Gold. Starting battles, hands team practice and position changes made for an exciting start to mid-week practice.

As reported last Wednesday, offensive lineman Ed Olson was still taking snaps with the first team offense at left tackle today.

The 6-foot-7, 305-pound redshirt freshman is in a battle for the starting spot with incumbent starter, senior Dominic Alford.

Olson was on the starting line with junior Chris Bunders, and seniors D.J. Burris, Matt Carufel and Jeff Wills. Alford ran drills with the second team line with redshirt freshman Zach Mottla, true freshman Zac Epping, junior Ryan Orton and redshirt freshman Brooks Michel.

The competition on the line should create an environment where the players are constantly pushing each other to get better.

An interesting part of practice Wednesday was a drill that focused on the hands team. Players of note on this squad were linebacker Mike Rallis, running backs, Duane Bennett and DeLeon Bennett, fullback Jon Hoese, wide receiver Da'Jon McKnight and quarterback MarQueis Gray.

Putting Gray on the hands team shows the coaching staff's confidence in playing Gray in a multitude of positions. Gray has a big tall body, and great hands which should help in recovering potential onside kicks.

For the second practice in a row, MarQueis Gray started the practice exclusively at wideout. He lined up with the wide receivers for their daily pass catching drill with the quarterbacks and didn't leave the receiver line once to go practice at quarterback.

Gray looked like a natural at pass catching. His speed, athleticism and hands can easily be put to use to snag balls.

Coach Tim Brewster has stated that he wants to use Gray at variety of positions. Practicing with the wide receivers shows Gray's potential to have a big season on the field even if Adam Weber remains the starting quarterback.

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