Wednesday's practice was a bit more of an eventful one than the previous few. The team was still in shorts, but they actually did some real team work and some 1 on 1s.
Brett Hundley got very little work today as Jerry Neuheisel, Asiantii Woulard, and Mike Fafaul took the majority of the reps (it looked like they were just focusing on getting the others more work). Neuheisel didn't look great, throwing with a little less accuracy than he has through the first few weeks. Woulard and Fafaul both looked better, with Woulard probably having his best day of practice in weeks. Fafaul had probably the best throw of the practice during team drills, threading a ball in between two defenders.
John Lopez returned to practice, which should mean that the spring game will actually be a real game. Caleb Benenoch didn't do much team work, but, as with Hundley, he didn't appear to be injured, so it may have just been a rest thing. With Benenoch not doing much, the entire offensive line mixed and matched throughout practice. Malcolm Bunche played both guard and tackle at points, as did Kenny Lacy. Scott Quessenberry and Carl Hulick also worked in with the first string at points. Hulick had a good practice, consistently getting some good push inside on running plays.
Najee Toran had a great block on Zach Vinci during team drills, pushing him about 15 yards back from the line and then finishing with a pancake. Kenneth Clark mostly had his way with the interior linemen, though, and looked like a dominant force inside, repeatedly getting to the quarterback area.
Priest Willis had a pretty decent practice, and at one point did a nice job covering Kenny Walker. He does seem to be playing with a bit more confidence lately, but it looks like it'll be a process for him. He also did a nice job covering Devin Lucien down the sideline later in practice, but Lucien managed to catch a back shoulder throw on him.
Jordon James and Paul Perkins both had nice cutback runs during team drills, with Perkins actually reversing field completely, but doing it so quickly that he froze the defense. James' run was one of his patented Joystick runs, weaving through the defense untouched for about 20 yards.
The defensive line was much the same as it has been ,but Kylie Fitts did work in on a few reps in place of Ellis McCarthy. It seems that the inside linebackers, with Eric Kendricks out, have solidified as Isaako Savaiinaea and Myles Jack. UCLA is still running primarily the nickel defense with five defensive backs that they've used through most of the last two weeks.
During linebacker vs. running back 1 on 1s, Kenny Orjioke was very impressive, and his battles with Nate Iese have become very fun. Iese won a couple of reps, but Orjioke's coverage ability for a guy his size is incredible. Jayon Brown also did well during those drills, looking like he'd have a chance to provide a little bit of what Myles Jack provides in pass defense.
We won't get into the details, but the best part of practice came on a gadget play with Ahmaad Harris throwing about the wobbliest ball into the back of the end zone to Devin Lucien. Lucien was so wide open that the ball could have taken 30 seconds to get there.
Eldridge Massington had the catch of the day, pulling down a ball in the back of the endzone while well-covered by Marcus Rios.
Tomorrow's practice, just as a reminder, will also be at 7 A.M.
Wednesday Practice Report
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