Thursday Practice Report

Thursday's practice is light and short in preparation for Saturday, and Devin Lucien returns after having an ankle injury on Tuesday...

Thursday's practice was a pretty light one, with the team practicing in shorts. The first chunk of practice was actually spent going through a walk through of their pre game warmups, and then after that it was mostly light team work. Practice went about half an hour shorter than the usual.

Jeff Baca returned to practice after being out sick on Tuesday. He took over the right tackle duties again, which allowed Brett Downey to move back down to left tackle on the second team. Kody Innes moved back to center with the second team, after Tre Hale handled it yesterday.

Much like Tuesday, the three bottom quarterbacks (Jerry Neuheisel, T.J. Millweard, and Mike Fafaul) all got a good amount of reps. Millweard, again, seems to be putting in a lot of work on his throwing motion, and he looked like he's made some marginal improvements even since Tuesday. He didn't look great in 11 on 11, mostly because he fell into his old release, but it'll be interesting to watch his progress over the offseason.

Brett Hundley and Kevin Prince didn't get much team work, seemingly to rest their arms for Saturday. Richard Brehaut got a series, but most of the time was spent on Millweard and Fafaul. The team did a lot of work practicing overtime periods, with Millweard and Fafaul getting all of those reps. Millweard had one nice throw to Logan Sweet in the corner of the end zone over Marcus Rios.

Johnathan Franklin had a fumble during team drills, which Damien Holmes picked up and returned almost all the way down the field, before Steven Manfro ran him down near the goal line.

Owamagbe Odighizuwa looks like he'll be backing up both defensive end spots, today taking over a couple of times for Datone Jones, after yesterday taking over for Cassius Marsh on a few reps. Brandon Willis, who was planted at the nose to start spring ball, has maintained that position throughout the entire spring and looks good.

Damien Holmes continued to play inside, this time alongside Eric Kendricks, who practiced fully after nursing a sore shoulder over the last few practices. The starting linebackers right now, with all the injuries, look like Aramide Olaniyan, Holmes, Kendricks, and Keenan Graham, which isn't a bad unit, but the drop off is considerable to the second team, which includes Ryan Hofmeister, Ryan Medina, Jared Koster, and Aaron Wallace.

Patrick Larimore was again not at practice, still recovering from his concussion almost two weeks ago.

Dalton Hilliard, who has brought both white and blue jerseys out to each practice, only brought the white today, and played exclusively at safety.

One guy we probably haven't mentioned enough during spring ball is David Allen, who's going to play a role for the offense. He's one of those guys who gives 100% effort on every play, and he's shown good hands catching out of the back field. He's also been an effective blocker, and with UCLA's offensive line issues, you have to figure they're going to have to use him a good amount.

Devin Lucien returned to practice after the minor ankle issue on Tuesday, but had a rough day. First, he looked like he still had a limp, and second, he dropped at least two punts during punt return drills, where it just looked like he didn't keep his eyes on the ball.

Malcolm Jones was also back in practice, but wore a red jersey after having a minor concussion on Saturday. Anthony Barr brought a helmet out to practice, but only did some light individual stuff before working with the trainers.

Anthony Jefferson was again not at practice, still nursing a sore back after taking a hit on Saturday. Darius Bell and Joseph Fauria practiced again, but Coach Mora said that Bell was probably the only one of the injured with a chance to play on Saturday.

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