Among the quarterbacks, senior Ben Olson looked pretty good Wednesday, moving better on his foot and throwing decently. Every other quarterback in the program had a poor day. Kevin Craft had second-day jitters, seemingly. In fact, Offensive Coordinator Norm Chow was very animated in his scolding of the quarterbacks, especially Craft. Chris Forcier came out after missing yesterday's first practice due to the flu.
Scott Glicksberg, the senior offensive guard, left the field because of flu symptoms. He was replaced at right guard by Sonny Tevaga. It's difficult to really assess how any lineman are doing when the team is practicing without pads and not hitting.
Nelson Rosario, the freshman receiver, stepped up Wedneday, getting a number of catches over the younger (and sometimes walk-on) defensive backs in the second session. Fellow freshman receiver Antwon Moutra also looked exceptional, especially on one catch where he went up in traffic, surrounded by defenders, and caught the ball at its highest point.
Rosario looks to be about 6-4.5, Jerry Johnson about 6-3 and Moutra 6-2.
Junior receiver Gavin Ketchum made a number of nice catches, one in particular where he dove across the middle. A streaking Terrence Austin caught a well-thrown ball over his shoulder in stride. Both of those balls were thrown by Olson.
Neuheisel himself was actually doing work as a defensive back in one throwing drill.
Freshman tight end Cory Harkey is getting a lot of work, and did so with the ones today.
Running back Craig Sheppard was in a red, no-hit jersey.
On defense, the most significant development was freshman Rahim Moore working with the first string at safety alongside Aaron Ware. Bret Lockett, of course, is suspended for the season opener against Tennessee, and it appears that Moore and redshirt freshman Glenn Love will be in a battle to take over his spot for that game.
Freshman corner Anthony Dye had a good day, being aggressive in coverage.
At practice was committed defensive back Alex Mascarenas, from Mission Viejo (Calif.) High, who is listed at 5-11.5, but doesn't look much taller than 5-10.
Also watching practice was Jamaal Burrell, the offensive guard from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez, who talked with Dominguez alumnus Aaron Hester after practice.
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Rick Neuheisel After Practice Wednesday:
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