Monday Night Practice Report

A great deal of practice is team and situational, creating the opportunity for many individual moments, like from Steven Manfro, Devin Lucien, Datone Jones and more...

Monday evening's session was in full pads, and included quite a bit of situational work, with Coach Jim Mora actually running out on the field and calling out the down and distance. It utilized the no-huddle extensively, and again emphasized the offense – and the defense – playing at a quick tempo.

Quarterback Brett Hundley had an improved practice from the most recent few. He didn't necessarily make some great throws, but he made considerably less poor ones. He looked sharper and physically more in tune.

Richard Brehaut had a bit of an off night, throwing some inaccurate balls; Jerry Neuheisel also had a poor practice, compared to the string of good ones he's registered recently. Kevin Prince, who hadn't done almost any team periods in the last couple of days, stepped in for a few and threw pretty effectively.

As I said, most of the periods were team and situational, which gave players on both the offense and defense opportunities to make some plays.

Steven Manfro had a few more opportunities to touch the ball and provided more results. He took a couple of catches and turned up field with explosion.

Johnathan Franklin was in top form running the ball, looking particularly quick through the secondary. He did put one ball on the ground, but generally looked like he's not fazed at all by the heat conditions.

Malcolm Jones looks considerably thinner, and is running with quite a bit more pop. Fullback David Allen took a handoff through the middle and put his shoulder into a couple of defenders, and got praise from Offensive Coordinator Noel Mazzone on the sideline after the play.

There were a number of snap and exchange problems, and some of that at least was due to Kody Innes working with the 1s at center. Starting center Jake Brendel took about 3/4s of the practice off, until the last couple of team periods. Xavier Su'a-Filo, too, sat out most of the practice, replaced by freshman Conor McDermott at left tackle.

Offensive line coach Adrian Klemm looked particularly fiery tonight, instructing freshman Carl Hulick very adamantly after he allowed Cassius Marsh to blow by him easily.

Jordon James, who had been sitting a bit recently with a few nicks, got more reps Monday night, but looked rusty. He dropped a handoff himself.

With so many chances for one-on-ones between receivers and defensive backs there were quite a few battles. The war continues to rage between receiver Jerry Johnson and cornerback Aaron Hester. The two literally ended up wrestling each other to the ground at one point. Another wresting match ensued between receiver Logan Sweet and corner Marcus Rios. Darius Bell wrestled the ball away from various defenders throughout the practice. At one point, receiver Shaquelle Evans was so frustrated after missing a hotly contested post throw that he slammed down his helmet in the endzone, almost hitting some fans with it. Evans did make a nice adjustment on a tipped pass where he came back and took it away from Sheldon Price. Tyler Scott made a couple of nice catches on long balls.

Freshman receiver Kenny Walker is showing he's too effective not to make the rotation, making plays in every practice. He had a dig route where he turned up field and blew by defenders.

Receiver Devin Lucien had a few nice catches throughout practice, but on one rep was popped by safety Stan McKay and taken off the field. Mora talked about the injury in the post-practice video interview.

Jordan Payton had a couple of nice catches, one where he took it away from his former high school teammate, Ishmael Adams. Payton, though, is constantly being reminded to put away ball after the catch.

Adams did, however, have a number of good break-ups in man coverage. He tipped away a touchdown pass in the corner of the endzone.

There were virtual sacks recorded by Datone Jones (two in fact), Dalton Hillaird, Iuta Tepa and Owamagbe Odighizuwa.

Besides Lucien, there were no other noticeable injuries in practice. Anthony Jefferson was popped pretty well, was taken to the sideline but returned to the action. No players returned to practice, either, that had previously been out.

Practice tomorrow morning is at 10:30 a.m.

UCLA-committed defensive lineman Kenneth Clark attended his second UCLA practice of the fall Monday night.

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