Dorrell Video and Practice Notes

Head Coach Karl Dorrell answers questions from the media after Tuesday's practice, talking about the position moves of two defensive players to the offensive backfield, the recently injured, including Patrick Cowan, and more...

The big news, as we reported on the message board during practice, was the move of Christian Ramirez, the sophomore safety, to tailback.

Senior linebacker Fred Holmes also made the move to fullback.

Both positions – tailback and fullback – have been hit by injuries and are getting thin, thus precipitating the move.

With Michael Pitre not practicing and Trevor Therior sidelined, Dylan Rush has been getting the reps with the 1s at fullback.

Defensive end Bruce Davis was in a red, no-hit jersey because of general soreness. Senior receiver Joe Cowan also sat out some reps because of soreness.

Patrick Cowan was on crutches with his strained hamstring. Walk-on quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson got the second-team reps at quarterback. Unless Cowan makes a pretty miraculous recovery from the hamstring injury, Bethel-Thompson could very well be the #2 quarterback for the season opener at Stanford.

Receiver Osaar Rasshan sat out practice with more concussive symptoms. He originally had them last week, then returned for practice, including the scrimmage, but today sat out again. It's uncertain if the symptoms re-occurred because of a new incident or not.

Chinoso Anyanwu, the defensive end, didn't practice with an ankle sprain.

Brigham Harwell, the defensive tackle, after getting a thigh contusion yesterday, was in a red, no-hit jersey this morning.

Offensive guard Shannon Tevaga participated mostly in non-contact drills due to his wrist, but he's supposed very close to be ready to practice fully.

Walk-on fullback Trevor Theriot and walk-on tailback Ben Bruneau didn't participate in much of practice, mostly running on the sideline.

The defensive line was blowing by the offensive line in much of the 11-on-11s today, with plenty of pressure on the running backs and quarterbacks, creating hurries, fumbles and sacks.

Receiver Gavin Ketchum had a good day, catching a few nice balls, and has generally had a strong practice. Reliable Marcus Everett has uncharacteristically dropped balls this fall.

Both Terrence Austin and Dominique Johnson dropped balls they should have caught. Head Coach Karl Dorrell harped on Johnson for it.

Safety coach Gary DeLoach was particularly prickly and vocal today.


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