The rest of the session was not so great, but Brehaut didn't exactly get a lot of help from the receivers. There were five drops in the first 16 throws, and other passes fell incomplete after the receiver either made poor adjustments or no adjustments to the ball in the air.
Brehaut got the majority of the reps in 7-on-7.
Receiver Nelson Rosario was dressed, but was held out of team periods.
Cornerback Sheldon Price, out with a strained knee, did not practice.
Coach Rick Neuheisel on the suspensions of Sheller and receiver Ricky Marvray: ‘'Well, it's never good. Obviously, attrition is part of football, but you don't like to do it to yourself. I'm disappointed with the athletes involved and I think, hopefully, people on this team are starting to learn their lesson as to what's appropriate behavior.''
Linebackers coach Clark Lea on Zumwalt ...
With Jordan at Mike, is that set now?
‘'No, it's not. It's something we're kind of toying with because you have to have two going into the game and rather than take (Sean) Westgate or someone like that and move them in and try to figure out a formula there … You know, we have a guy that's played Mike, played it in high school, played it in fall camp, and so we're going to try to get him as many reps as we can and see if he can handle the load. But, you know, Jordan is excited about the opportunity to at least be mixing it up a little bit. He came here to play, and so for a guy like that, he has been working overtime and really done a nice job. He's still got a long way to go, but fortunately, we're sitting here on Tuesday and have a few more days to prepare.''
Like you said, there is a huge amount of information to be digested there. Having not been there since fall camp, is he almost starting over?
‘'It is a lot. Now we as coaches, we can trim it down and make it as easy on him as possible and with a youngster like that, that's what you want to do to let him play fast. That's the whole thing. You have to get out there and play fast. But there are some guys that are capable mentally as a freshman and there are some guys who aren't, and he is definitely one that is capable. He's a guy who stays in my hip pocket. I was laughing with him the other day, I haven't more time with a player in my whole life. He's always asking questions, always coming by, always stopping through, and that's a good thing. He's hungry for it. I'm going to work my tail off to get him ready and then we'll kind of see where the chips fall and in the end play the best 11 that are going to help us beat Arizona.''
He wasn't moved to Sam because he didn't have the aptitude for it – you already had two inside, so …
‘'Yes, in terms of going into the fall, we felt like he could provide some pretty valued depth at Sam and that he could handle that. And, to be honest with you, because he's been a middle linebacker since he can remember, that was a little foreign to him on the outside. But the thing that it allowed him to do is, it allowed him to learn the defense from a different perspective, which helps him now moving back inside. Again, I'm excited for him and he's excited for the opportunity. We just have to work tirelessly until kickoff and that's what it will be.''
How much Mike did he retain from the fall?
‘'He retained, for sure. And you know what, because he's a guy that I'm responsible for bringing in here, I'm kind of extra hard on him, even up to this point, as far as studying and learning and so it was interesting, when we spoke on Saturday about making the switch, I kind of quizzed him on a couple of things that the Mike had to know for Oregon and he knew them, because again he's a conscientious kid who wants to know everything and he sees himself as a Mike so I think his dream is aligning now that he gets a shot to play some and so, you know, I don't think it's starting over or anything. It's a lot of new learning, but I think he has done well enough to this point to show and display that he can do it. And the other thing, too, I've got two guys that would be on the field with him, and first of all Steve Sloan, who knows it in and out, knows it better than anybody, and then you've got two guys that are on the field as well in Sean Westgate and Akeem Ayers that by this point know it pretty darn well, too. That also allows you to kind of see who are the best guys we can get out there and you have confidence in those other guys kind if getting things lined up.''
Neuheisel's post-practice comments: