Dorrell Video and Practice Notes

Sunday's practice had a bit of a change in the performances of the top two quarterbacks, Ben Olson and Patrick Cowan. A couple more players are nicked up and sit out, a freshman on defense is showing he probably won't redshirt, and Head Coach Karl Dorrell talks on video about the freshmen running backs...

Nikola Dragovic, the junior and projected starter at one defensive end position, sat out practice with a sore hamstring.

Back-up offensive tackle Tony Lee also sat, due to a sore knee, the same one he had operated on.

Tight end Ryan Moya sat out some of practice with a sore hamstring.

Robert Kibble is responding to treatment for his MS and is expected back out to practice soon.

You can see a more complete rundown of injuries and observations of Sunday's practice by Head Coach Karl Dorrell on the video linked below.

The practice consisted again, of certain down and distance situations, specifically third-and-longs, short-yardage and goal line situations.

Projected starting quarterback Ben Olson perhaps had his worst day of fall camp Sunday. He didn't complete many passes, was hesitant, fumbled a snap, and had a couple of balls batted down. It was the one practice so far in eight where Patrick Cowan fared better. Cowan threw a few nice balls, including a deep one for a touchdown to Marcus Everett; a three-yard touchdown on a roll-out to walk-on tight end Travis Martin; a deep ball to walk-on Bobby Whithoren, and another short TD throw to tight end Scott Glicksberg on another roll. Cowan was generally sharper and more efficient throughout the practice.

Olson and Cowan continue to alternate with the 1s.

Talking about efficient, junior running back Chris Markey was very much so Sunday, looking quick and low to the ground in running between the tackles and finding daylight quickly on the outside. Derrick Williams, who looks slated at third string behind Markey and Kahlil Bell, had a few good reps today, one in which he juked cornerback Rodney Van to get outside on a quick flair pass. Williams also bounced for a TD on a goal line stand.

For the receivers, the return of Marcus Everett and Brandon Breazell had an impact, with both making nice catches throughout the day. The receivers, though, overall, dropped too many balls today.

The defense generally had a good day. DTs Kevin Brown and Brigham Harwell worked mostly with the 2s, but when they were with the 1s, the defense was solid.

Bruce Davis, the junior defensive end, had a few standout moments, getting a sack on a quick rush, and a stop in the backfield on a running back on another.

Aaron Whittington, the weakside linebacker, continues to work with the 1s and is doing well. He does look bigger physically and he's in the right position most of the time.

Other than being juked that one time, Van had a good day, almost getting a pick on one pass, and getting a couple more nice pass break-ups. From what we could see, it was also one of the best days for Trey Brown, the other cornerback. Brown corralled a running back on a flair for a loss and made a nice break-up. Alterraun Verner is looking good in coverage, generally very capable of staying with receivers in stride. He looks like he's the best candidate among the freshmen not to redshirt and will probably push Mike Norris and Matt Slater as the first cornerback off the bench behind Van and Brown.

The new practice field at Spaulding, specifically the turf side of it, will be used for Monday morning's practice, which will go from 9:00 to 11:15.

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

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