Practice Report, Neuheisel Video

It's a good practice Thursday in shells, with Kevin Prince throwing the ball well, and another receiver stepping up to have a good day, while Rick Neuheisel talks about one more scrimmage before game week...

Kevin Prince got the first and most of the reps with the No. 1 offense again on Thursday in team and 7 on 7 periods. In individuals, Prince did some throwing while Richard Brehaut and Brett Hundley worked in the run game and he was making some nice throws.


There also were some good battles between receivers and cornerbacks. Aaron Hester had a very nice period, breaking up an out intended for Shaq Evans and going head to head and winning a few matchups with Nelson Rosario.


The offenses were in a need a touchdown mode in 2-minute and Prince got them into the end zone, the touchdown coming in a high pass to tight end Joe Fauria. Prince kept the ball high and Fauria made a nice play on it, going up with one hand to snare the football.


The 2-minute did not go as well for the No. 2 offense and Brehaut. On the first play, Brehaut hit Cory Harkey over the middle for a first down. But he then missed Jerry Rice Jr., throwing high and well over his head; missed a blitz off the corner before throwing a rushed pass to Harkey that fell incomplete; then lost five yards when tackle Connor Bradford jumped for a false start penalty; Brehaut then missed Malcolm Jones when scrambling away from pressure.

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Brehaut did make some strong throws in 7 on 7, including a nice inside route to Josh Smith, and connected with Smith on a nice shot in team.


He also got a lot of work in the run game, though with some issues up front they weren't exactly popping a lot of big runs there.
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Prince also threw some nice deep balls in team including one to Rosario, who caught the ball lunging forward and on his fingertips despite some close coverage by Hester.


The back and forth between the two went like this – Hester: Did you catch that? Rosario: Hell yeah. Hester: Really? Rosario: Ask everyone.

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Prince also hit Randall Carroll with a deep pass for a big gain, though the pass a little underthrown. Carroll made a couple of nice catches including a sliding grab on a low pass from Brehaut and seems to be breaking out of the funk of dropped passes that plagued him over the past week or so.

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They were in shells for the practice – helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.

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With Chris Ward out (ankle), Greg Capella and Albert Cid ran again with the No. 1 offense at the guard spots. Casey Griffiths was with the No. 2 line at the quick guard.


Ward still is in the walking boot.

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Patrick Larimore left practice a period early to attend to some personal issues. With Larimore out of 2-minute, Jordan Zumwalt moved in to the No. 1 defense at the Mike linebacker, ahead of Isaiah Bowens.

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Damien Thigpen, who has been out with a hamstring strain, did some running on the side. His availability for the start of the season still is a question.

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The o-line was having some issues, particularly the No. 2 group. Bob Palcic was doing quite a bit of yelling at times at some of the linemen including Wade Yandall and Connor Bradford.

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Dalton Hilliard continued to get a lot of work with the No. 1 defense.

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Freshman quarterback Brett Hundley had some reps mixed in there with the 1s and 2s. He wasn't quite as sharp as he has been at times since returning from the knee injury. He had a bad pick in team, throwing high over the middle, where the ball was tipped up and picked by Tevin McDonald.

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