Fall Camp: Practice Report Day 16

After a weekend that gave fans a peek at the 2010 Gophers, practice Monday was equally interesting.

One part of practice that readers may be interested in is the kickoff returners. As expected, returning starter, Troy Stoudermire took the first snaps as a return man. Other players who took some reps on kick returns were running backs DeLeon Eskridge and Duane Bennett and defensive backs Ryan Collado and Johnny Johnson. Although the drill was not full speed, all of the returners looked comfortable and ready to take back kicks if they are given the opportunity.

As many fans probably noticed during Saturday's scrimmage, quarterback, MarQueis Gray played a fair amount of wide receiver with the first team offense. Today at practice was no different for the athletic sophomore.

Gray was seen wearing the maroon jersey of the offensive players rather than the usual yellow jersey the quarterback group wears for practice. Gray looks like a monster among the other wide outs. A wide receiver tandem of 6-foot-4 Gray and 6-foot-3 Da'Jon McKnight could be problematic for even the largest defensive backs.

One area of note on the defense was the work of the linebacking core. The linebackers worked on a drill where they waited for the ball to move then tried to get around the outside and cut quickly up field to simulate a blitz from the outside.

The starters during Saturday's scrimmage, sophomores Mike Rallis and Keanon Cooper and junior Gary Tinsley, looked to be among the most proficient at the drill. They were quick around the end and had the agility to cut around the corner.

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