Wednesday Notes and Video

The team started its on-field preparation for Utah Wednesday, which gave us a better feel for how the depth chart is going to shake out. There is one defensive position that is looking particularly thin where two true freshmen will probably make the two-deep for Utah. Karl Dorrell talks after practice on video...

Wednesday morning's practice had the team in shells.

Receiver Junior Taylor was in a white jersey for the first time this fall, removing the red, no-hit jersey.

Running back Derrick Williams didn't participate in practice, still hampered by the thigh injury.

Linebacker John Hale didn't participate due to a hamstring injury. With Hale unable to play in the Utah game due to suspension, it's not critical he practice.

Tight end J.J. Hair is still out with a hamstring.

Freshman center Jake Dean has a brace on his right knee.

Dorrell talks about the injury to Michael Norris, Joe Cowan, and others in his post-practice comments on video linked below.

The team did its first on-field preparation for the Utah game Wednesday, with the offense and defense working against scout teams that simulated Utah's schemes.

With a first look at who is on the scout team – and who isn't – it helps to perceive what the depth chart is going to look like.

At receiver, it looks like the rotation will consist of Junior Taylor, Marcus Everett, Brandon Breazell, Gavin Ketchum, Matt Willis, Andrew Baumgartner and Terrence Austin. It appears that Ryan Graves, Jamil Turner and Dominique Johnson will start off, at least, with the scout team.

Dorrell spends some time in every practice recently throwing balls to the receivers.

Freshman Chane Moline looks to be the #4 tailback over Ryen Carew.

On defense, freshmen defensive tackles Jerzy Siewierski and Darius Savage look to be on the scout team for now.

With Norris out, perhaps the thinnest position on the team is at cornerback. Two true freshmen, Alterraun Verner and Jeremy McGee, look like they'll be in the two deep behind starters Trey Brown and Rodney Van. While McGee has speed and quickness, he looks very raw at the position. Verner looks to be the guy who will come in for the nickel package, taking one of the corner positions while Brown moves inside.

The punt returner candidates are Terrence Austin, McGee, Verner, and Ryan Graves, along with Chris Markey and Marcus Everett.

Reggie Carter appears to have won the starting job at weakside linebacker for the Utah game. Aaron Whittington will probably get most of the time at the strongside ‘backer position with Hale suspended for the game.

In the 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s, the defense once again got the better of the offense, allowing very few big completions.

On offense, Ben Olson looked a bit sharper. The quarterbacks and receivers did many timing drills together on the day. In the scrimmages, Olson missed on a good number of throws. He did throw a beautiful ball to a streaking Breazell on a post that the receiver beat Verner on.

Thursday the team will go to the Rose Bowl for a game day run-through and practice. The media is not allowed to watch.

UCLA could release a depth chart on Friday.

Dorrell's Post-Practice Comments -- Watch Video

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