It was a long but fairly uneventful session, with the team in shorts going through a great deal of installation, walk-through and some situational periods.
Perhaps the biggest development was that quarterback Mike Fafaul didn’t get any reps, with all of them going to Josh Rosen and Jerry Neuheisel. It’s uncertain if the coaches were just resting Fafaul or if this is a sign the quarterback competition has narrowed down -- or a result of the many interceptions he threw in Wednesday's morning practice.
Rosen and Neuheisel both had their time with the 1s, and both were just okay for the night, with the edge probably going to Neuheisel. As we’ve said, Rosen will make the more top-end throw, but Neuheisel is more consistent throughout a practice. Rosen is missing fairly easy throws that Neuheisel is making, and taking longer to make decisions. There wasn’t any perceivable fall-out from Jim Mora’s admonishment of Rosen from the day’s earlier practice.
Rosen did get in a rhythm in one sequence with Y receiver Austin Roberts, going to him on four of six throws. He also connected with freshman slot Stephen Johnson on a few balls.
Neuheisel had the throw of the night when he dropped a deep ball to Eldridge Massington over freshman Colin Samuel. It was an exactly perfect throw He also did the hitch-and-go for a touchdown he made a bit famous in the Texas game, but to Kenny Walker this time.
Logan Sweet had a few nice grabs on the night, a touchdown in the corner and a lunging grab for a ball that was too high over his head, but he secured before going out of bounds.
Safety Adarius Pickett again had a good practice, with a number of nice break-ups.
The defensive line was dominant. In fact, in the past situational period, the DL just held up their blocker instead of pressuring to give the quarterbacks time to execute.
Overall, the team looked a little sluggish, probably with tired legs at this point.
Freshman running back Bolu Olorunfunmi returned to practice. Receiver Aaron Sharp did not. Defensive end Takkarist McKinley was absent after experiencing what looked like a concussion this morning. The two starting OLs – Conor McDermott and Jake Brendel – worked on the stationary bikes.
The offensive line made freshman Josh Wariboko roll the length and run sprints before and after practice.
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