For the Bruins, it was also the first day in pads during spring practice, and the intensity of practice picked up greatly.
In the first part of practice, both the offense and defense got into a circle for a one-on-one drill between the skill position players. Though it was difficult to see who was winning the majority of them, there was no mistaking when Chane Moline won his, as he celebrated loudly.
Despite it being Fan Appreciation Day, the team stuck with a practice routine, as Geoff Strand pointed out numerous times.
They did scrimmage later in the practice, with Pat Cowan taking most of the snaps and McLeod Bethel-Thompson also taking some. Ben Olson dressed but didn't participate, resting a hamstring injury he suffered on Friday.
The highlight of the practice was a beautifully thrown sideline pass from Cowan to Terrence Austin, who made a one-handed diving catch on the sideline. From our vantage point, we couldn't tell if he was in or out, but he gets points just for the degree of difficulty.
In the class of 2008, from the committed ranks was Datone Jones (who also has yet to miss a practice), Kemonte Bateman and Anthony Dye (who was there on Thursday, though we missed seeing him). A trio of prospects from Edison in Fresno were there: Robert Golden, Brandon Leslie and Romeo Horn. Courtney Viney was running in a track meet, which is why he was absent.
Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley tackle Tyler Rigsbee, who has committed to Cal, was there along with Chino Hills (Calif.) defensive end Corey Harkey.
The Bruins' next practice is on Monday at 4 p.m. in Spaulding Field.
Dorrell After Practice Saturday--
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