— Oliver looked the best at quarterback Wednesday, though Siemian turned in another solid practice. Both Siemian and Matt Alviti sailed a few passes long, but the passing game was encouraging for the most part.
— Jimmy Hall took more first-team reps at outside linebacker, with Collin Ellis manning the Mike role. Jaylen Prater took second-team snaps in the middle, while Drew Smith rotated with Hall for much of the morning. Hall's particularly good as a press-coverage LB, while Chi Chi Ariguzo is smoothly stepping into a leadership role.
— Remember Joseph Jones? The rising junior snagged an ill-advised Alviti pass and took it the other way, producing the rowdiest moment of the session.
— Eric Olson played right tackle with the first-team O-line, and Matt Frazier lined up at right guard. Returning starters Brandon Vitable, Geoff Mogus and Paul Jorgensen rounded out the first unit Wednesday. Pat Fitzgerald denied that anybody has a secure job along the line right now, but it appears that Jack Konopka's stock is slipping.
— NU was pass-heavy Wednesday, though relatively few balls were thrown deep. Most plays called for comebacks or short crosses. Andrew Scanlan busted a screen into the open field toward the end of practice.
— The Wildcats have been working on reverses in the early going, an interesting development given the team's lack of creative playcalling last season. NU's speedy wideouts and struggling O-line should allow for more trickery this fall.