Friday Practice Notes and Video

On the first day of pads Friday, the defense rebounds after a few down days, a player changes positions, Head Coach Karl Dorrell is trying to generate some competition at different positions, and it more or less was a day for the undersized defensive player...

For being the first day of pads, it wasn't a particularly eventful practice.

Scott Glicksberg, the sophomore offensive lineman, is now wearing #99. That's a tight end's number and, coincidentally, he's now a tight end.

Head Coach Karl Dorrell said they wanted to see if Glicksberg could play the position, and he wanted to do it. Dorrell did say, though, that Glicksberg very well could end up back on the OL.

Junior Aaron Whittington continues to work with the 1s at the weakside linebacker position. Whittington, in fact, looked good today, making a couple of nice tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

On the day, the defense did better than in the last couple of practices, probably playing the offense even Friday. As Dorrell comments in his post-practice video interview below, the defense was solid in its tackling. Christian Taylor had a good day, making a number of good stops, being in the right position at the right time. Safety Dennis Keyes had a couple of nice picks, and safety Bret Lockett had another. Lockett, by the way, is looking like he's just a couple of pounds away from being a linebacker. Defensive end Bruce Davis was getting into the backfield quickly. On the first 11-on-11 play, he beat his man, penetrated and made the stop behind the line. He still looks undersized, but his agility will be good coming off the edge, particularly in passing situations.

Talking about undersized, sophomore defensive tackle Chase Moline truly is, but he had a good day, utilizing his quickness to repeatedly get by his blocker and into the backfield.

In the secondary, Chris Horton and Dennis Keyes looked good playing alongside each other, disrupting many passes in the 7-on-7s. It's a bit worrisome that two-year starting cornerback Trey Brown seems to be struggling a little. In a one-on-one running drill, he missed several tackles and didn't look as aggressive as we remember him in coverage.

On offense, Ben Olson again looked better than Patrick Cowan. Olson wasn't spectacular, but did make some quick, smart decisions. He threw a very good ball with nice touch down the middle of the field to a seemingly bracketed Brandon Breazell, but Breazell made the grab. Olson is showing that he can really throw strongly on the roll out, completing some nice long outs on rolls.

Freshman running back Chane Moline had a few good moments, getting into the secondary on a couple of good runs.

The OL went up against the DL in one-on-ones during one session and there were some standouts. Noah Sutherland is showing very good quickness at tackle. Guard Chris Joseph contained his rusher well, showing good feet. Among the youngsters, Micah Kia looked agile and quick for his size and Jake Dean was tough inside. On defense, Kevin Brown showed some good explosion. Again, it was difficult for the interior OL to stay in front of Chase Moline. Nikola Dragovic looked quick and strong coming off the edge.

Dorrell is trying to generate a sense of competition for positions, but it's relatively fabricated. As you can see in the video of Dorrell after practice, he makes an effort to reflect a competitive atmosphere among the quarterbacks when, in reality, Olson has clearly been better than Cowan, and Cowan has been struggling. And the three starting DLs – Kevin Brown, Nikola Dragovic and Brigham Harwell – continue to work with the 2s to generate competition.

Committed defensive tackle Brian Price, from Los Angeles Crenshaw, attended practice.

Karl Dorrell's Post-Practice Comments -- Watch Video

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