Report from Wednesday Practice

The team practices in shells for its last day of two-a-days, allowing the injured to recover, particularly the now ever-valuable defensive tackle, Brigham Harwell. The defensive secondary continues to look good...

Personnel Update:

Defensive tackle Brigham Harwell was in a boot to protect his injured ankle, and didn't participate in practice. According to UCLA, his ankle injury isn't serious but they want to be very cautious.

Rodney Van, the sophomore cornerback, has concussive symptoms and didn't participate this morning. He's day-to-day.

Sophomore offensive tackle Tony Lee will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his knee and should be out for a few weeks.

Redshirt freshman offensive guard, Chris Joseph, who has stepped in to the starting strongside guard position, returned to practice today after leaving practice twice yesterday.

Receiver Matt Slater is still in a boot.

Receiver Marcus Everett is still in a shoulder sling.

Defensive end Kyle Morgan has an ankle bruise, and didn't participate in practice yesterday or today.

Freshman defensive tackle Jess Ware is still in a boot.

Redshirt freshman running back Derrick Williams will return to practice tomorrow after being suspended from the team for rules violations.

Linebacker Wesley Walker was at practice, not dressed, but with nothing on his surgically-repaired knee. He ran lightly.

Spencer Havner, who sat out half of Tuesday's practice with a shoulder stinger, returned to practice today.

Quarterback Ben Olson watched practice with his left, throwing hand in a wrap. Head Coach Karl Dorrell said that Olson's bruised hand makes him day-to-day, but thought he could practice in the next couple of days.

To watch Dorrell's comments after practice, click here.

Performance Report:

The team practiced in shells this morning, using the smaller-sized shoulder pads.

They did do some 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s, with the first-team offense going against the second-team defense, and vice versa, for most of the morning.

Gavin Ketchum, the freshman receiver, looks like he's clearly earned playing time as a freshman, looking good again today. He caught a nice post from Drew Olson, actually burning his close friend, Aaron Ware, who was covering him.

The defensive backs again had a nice day, with safety Jarrad Page getting a nice interception after tipping a pass to himself. Cornerback Michael Norris jumped a route for a pick, and cornerback Marcus Cassel had a number of good break-ups.

Linebacker Christian Taylor continues to look good in relief of Havner at weak inside linebacker. This morning he picked off a David Koral pass over the middle.

It's difficult to determine if the good job the defensive secondary has done this fall camp is due to the unit actually being good, or if it's just a lack of good receivers they're facing. Likewise, the defensive line has done well, even without Kevin Brown, but it's difficult to know if it's merely due to the offensive line not being very good at this point.

Quarterback Watch:

With Ben Olson still watching from the sideline, the naming of Drew Olson as the starting quarterback looks more inevitable.

Before Ben went down, Drew Olson was consistently doing better in practice, showing a very good command of the offense and having the best one-week stretch of throwing the ball in practice in recent memory.

Today Drew Olson had a few nice throws, but nothing spectacular, in a practice that didn't necessarily give him the opportunity.

It was very good to see true freshman quarterback Osaar Rasshan throwing tight spirals today against the #1 defense. Rasshan has struggled in camp, with his throws tending to flutter and float. But today he got off a number of tight throws in a row, and hit a few receivers down the field in stride.

Tonight's practice is the last of fall camp, and the last open to the public. It goes from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.


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