Extra Points: Takeaways from Tuesday (8/9)

Some extra observations, sights and notes after Tuesday's practice at Howard Jones Field.

First, Cody Kessler's play was the first whisper, but Jesse Scroggins' thumb injury could potentially push Kessler ahead of his competition indefinitely for that number-two quarterback spot. These Fall repetitions are necessary, and time Scroggins won't want to lose. And unless Max Wittek can bulk up on confidence and accuracy, the spot looks like it will go to Kessler.

Second, Coach Kiffin spoke at length about Lamar Dawson's ability to learn the system quickly and said he is thoroughly impressed by No. 55. Kiffin said he'd be comfortable with playing Dawson come September if he continues to contribute the way he has this Fall Camp.

Third, you can feel the competition at nearly every position, including linebacker. Rarely-talked about Will Andrew had a pick in practice which gave the defense a good amount of momentum Tuesday.

Fourth, cornerback Anthony Brown showed his height (5-9) doesn't inhibit his playmaking ability. Brown beat out receiver Brice Butler (6-4) on a ball in the air, deflecting it easily.

Fifth, tailback Amir Carlisle continues to work hard. He stayed after practice to catch passes from walk-on quarterback John Manoogian for at least 15 minutes. Clearly Carlisle wants to improve all aspects of his game.


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