Tuesday Practice Notes

The team makes do without some of the key injured players on defense...

Sheldon Price, Alex Mascarenas and Justin Edison weren't dressed, and it looks unlikely they'l be ready to play Saturday.

We've heard that Mascarenas underwent an MRI for the concussion, and will undergo more tests in the next several days.

Glenn Love was dressed but mostly ran along the sideline.

Tony Dye was without the red jersey and worked at free safety with the first string.

Kicker Kip Smith kicked a few at the beginning of practice, but didn't in team. Tyler Gonzalez, the former UCLA soccer team manager, was 4-for-4 at the beginning of practice, hitting a 40 or so yarder, and then he finished the 2-minute drill at the end of practice with a 38-yarder. Jeff Locke took the longer kicks, and missed a 48-yarder.

Receiver Josh Smith was working in a redzone drill on the grass field, went out of bounds and crossed over into the turf side of Spaulding, in an area along the bleachers. He twisted his ankle in a soft spot on the turf and was down for a while, but hopped back up. The special teams players then put plastic fencing around the area for safety.

Jamie Graham, the graduate transfer cornerback from Vanderbilt who got in on some plays last week against Stanford after recovering from knee surgery four weeks ago was working at both cornerback and nickel. He worked at nickel with the 1s.

The two starting cornerbacks, Andrew Abbott and Aaron Hester, had a good session, both breaking up a number of passes, and Hester getting a pick by jumping a route. Graham also had a nice break-up.

The best connection of the day was Richard Brehaut hitting Randall Carroll on a post over Dye. Perhaps the next best was Brehaut hitting Shaq Evans in stride with a deep ball.

In 2-minute, Brehaut drove the offense to within field goal range to set up Gonzalez for his successful 38-yarder.

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