Practice Notes and Dorrell Video

Head Coach Karl Dorrell spoke on video after the Wednesday morning practice about the dwindling depth in his offensive backfield, including the injury to quarterback Patrick Cowan, the move of Christian Ramirez to tailback, and the status of the fullbacks...

Head Coach Karl Dorrell talked about many of the injury players and their status in the link to the post-practice video interview below.

The team practiced on Drake Field Wednesday, with Spaulding Field getting re-sodded, reportedly.

It was the first day that the coaches used scout teams, with many of the third- and fourth-string not in their own numbers, but those of Stanford players.

Christian Ramirez, who now finds himself back at tailback, got a good amount of reps at the position Wednesday. Ryen Carew, the walk-on running back that was getting third-string reps, is now working with the scout team.

Ramirez told us after practice that, when they told him he was going to move to the offensive backfield Monday, he thought the meant to fullback, so he studied the fullback playbook and didn't realize he was moving to tailback until Tuesday when they lined him up there.

Ben Bruneau, the walk-on, started fall camp at receiver, then was moved to running back, and is now back at receiver.

Starting offensive guard Shannon Tevaga continues to work with the 2s as he makes his way back from the wrist injury.

Quarterback Ben Olson had a fair day, throwing some good balls while throwing some inaccurate ones. In the 7-on-7, he threw a number of good passes in a row, hitting receivers in stride. Dominique Johnson caught one on a crossing route, and Terrence Austin had a nice catch on a short hitch. But with a couple or receivers wide open on other reps, Olson missed the target. Ryan Graves bobbled a ball that was slightly thrown behind him on a slant, which then bounced into the hands of cornerback Chris Meadows for a pick.

After the 1s went against the scout team in 11-on-11 work, the #1 offense faced the #1 defense in third-and-long situations. Olson completed just one pass among five third downs, and that ball should have been intercepted when cornerback Trey Brown stepped in front and tipped a pass, only to have receiver Brandon Breazell run under it. Olson threw an interception in this session, hanging up a ball to the sideline for safety Chris Horton to easily run under.

Getting #2 reps, quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson looked pretty good. Austin made a nice over-the-shoulder grab on a 30-yarder down the sideline against good coverage, thrown by Bethel-Thompson.

Dorrell On Wednesday --

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