Thursday Report & Video

The wounded list shortens for Thursday's practice, but a veteran starter gets injured toward the end of the session. Head Coach Karl Dorrell talks about the performance of the offense so far in practice, the injured, and a player trying out a new position...

The list of the injured was a bit shorter at Thursday's practice.

Guys out: RB Chris Markey, RB Derrick Williams, OL Sean Sheller, OL Tony Lee, WR Joe Cowan, and TE Ryan Moya.

Guys dressed for practice that did either nothing or just individual drills: FB Michael Pitre, S Dennis Keyes, QB Osaar Rasshan, and S Matt Slater.

WR Brandon Breazell tweaked his left knee in practice and limped off at the end with a bandage on it.

The offense struggled Thursday, with both quarterbacks having a tough time completing passes and the wide receivers getting open. Ben Olson and Joe Cowan both got many reps, but weren't sharp. Fourth-string quarterback, walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson, got a few reps, and Osaar Rasshan took just a couple early on in practice.

The wide receivers didn't have a very good day. Gavin Ketchum easily was the standout, catching an 11-yard touchdown pass from Cowan on a fade, looking big and strong catching it. He also caught a tipped pass at the goal line and had a couple of nice catches on underneath crossing routes. Terrence Austin turned one of those crossing routes up the field for about a 30-yard gain.

But for most of practice the quarterbacks probably completed less than 30% of their passes. The defense was good, jumping routes and knocking down balls. The D also looked good on running plays. On one in particular, linebacker Reggie Carter literally ran over running back Chane Moline.

New offensive coordinator Jay Norvell is putting in quite a few new wrinkles, utilizing the shot gun more and pitches. But the personnel just hasn't been very efficient at executing it.

Dylan Rush has been moved to fullback, as Head Coach Karl Dorrell commented about in the video interview below.

Recruits at practice included 2008 committed prospects Chris Forcier (QB) and Akeem Ayers (LB); and for 2009, committed recruits, receiver/defensive back Antwon Moutra (Culver City), defensive end Datone Jones (Compton), and cornerback Anthony Dye (Corona Santiago); quarterbacks Ryan Griffin (West Hills Chaminade) and Nick Crissman (Huntington Beach Edison), and tight end Joseph Fauria (Encino Crespi). Griffin and Fauria are friends and talked for most of the practice.

Dorrell After Thursday's Practice --

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