Dorrell's Video; Practice Notes

Head Coach Karl Dorrell talked on video after Monday morning's practice, about the injured players, the continuing development of Osaar Rasshan as a wide receiver, safety Aaron Ware, and how the offense and defense did in the situational periods of practice...

Head Coach Karl Dorrell talked about the injured players in the video interview conducted after practice below.

Walk-on back-up center Micah Reed left practice on a cart with what appeared to be a knee injury.

Starting safety Chris Horton returned to take some reps, but didn't participate in the 7-on-7s or 11-on-11s.

Dorrell is still throwing balls to the wide receivers and coaching them, along with Eric Scott.

Courtney Viney, the freshman cornerback, is getting a look at punt returner.

With defensive tackle Kevin Brown out, Chase Moline is working with the 1s alongside Brigham Harwell.

In pass rush one-on-ones between the offensive line and defensive lines, there were some standouts. Center Chris Joseph did well containing his rusher. Defensive end Bruce Davis bullrushed starting tackle Micah Kia. Davis had his way for most of the drill, even though Aleskey Lanis did control Davis on one rep. Before Reed was injured, he wasn't doing particularly well at this drill, with a couple of different pass rushers beating him. Senior offensive guard P.J. Irvin had good technique in containing everyone he went up agaisnt. Sean Sheller, the redshirt freshman offensive tackle, struggled, getting knocked off balance a couple of times, and he did up-downs as a result.

Both Davis and Kevin Brown are now sporting mohawks.

The offense, in one period, looked good, when it was primarily running the ball. The 1s mostly matched up against the 1s and the 2s against the 2s, and both offensive units ran the ball well, with the offensive line creating good holes for Chris Markey and Kahlil Bell to scamper through.

But before you could anoint the offense the king for the day, the defense made a dramatic comeback in the 11-on-11 and 3rd-down situation periods.

Osaar Rasshan made one impressive catch in the middle of coverage, having to go up high and adjust to make the catch. But a short time later he dropped a ball in his hands. Joe Cowan also had a bit of the dropsies today.

Safety Bret Lockett looked good, getting a couple of simulated sacks on blitzes, and an interception on an over-thrown pass by Ben Olson.

In the 3rd-down situational scrimmage, the #1 and #2 offenses combined for just two third-down conversions in 12 attempts. With the defense in nickel, and blitzing, the offense struggled. Sophomore receiver Terrence Austin got both of the first downs, one being on a catch off a tipped ball that he then took to the house, showing good acceleration to split would-be tacklers.

The defensive secondary again looked good in coverage. Lockett, Aaron Ware, Rodney Van, Michael Norris and Chris Meadows all had impressive break-ups.

The offense was sloppy. On two successive plays, Olson fumbled the snap and then Markey bumped into him on the hand-off.

Dorrell After Monday's Practice --

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