Biggest news of the day had 2012 QB recruit Travis Wilson at practice today. He was on an unofficial and leaves today before heading to Colorado for a visit there. Said he loved the visit to Utah and definitely has the Utes high on his list. He plans on making a commitment in June. Very tall, lanky kid.
Also in attendance were JC offensive linemen Miles Mason and Semisi Tupuo. Mason has a good build on him and Tupuo has to be pushing close to 400 lbs. He's giant.
Kendrick Moeia was on crutches with his leg wrapped at the end of practice.
The offense spent a good chunk of the first part of practice working on trick plays with some five receiver sets. Lots of end arounds and reverses. First play of 11s was an end around to Reggie Dunn that caught the defense off guard and went for 20 yards. Dunn and Dres Anderson could be deadly when they Utes try some trickeration this season. They had a lot of success today.
Neither quarterback was great today with Shreve looking a little bit better than Robles. Too many balls thrown into coverage or off target today from both. The two minute offense at the end of practice was the only time either had much success. Jordan Wynn was spending time between plays working with Shreve on his footwork and reads. The quarterback/center exchange wasn't great today with Vyncent Jones under center.
The running backs had a solid day, with a few nice runs, but the job looks like it is Thretton Palamo's to lose. He's learning to read his blocks and find holes better and better with each practice. Showing better patience. Put a stutter step move on Ryan Lacy that froze Lacy in his tracks and drew a big response from the players. Harvey Langi broke off a 60 yard run down the sidelines at the end of practice. Almost took it to the house.
Watched the receivers closely today and Mo Lee has the best footwork of the receivers. He comes out of his breaks harder than anyone else and doesn't waste any steps. The offensive is much more efficient and dynamic with Devonte Christopher back on the field. They didn't have any success in the red zone unless the ball was being thrown Christopher's way.
Damian Payne looks the most confident catching punts. He fields the ball very cleanly every time, which is the most important part of being a punt returner.
Joe Kruger is looking very good at defensive end. He bullrushed John Cullen and put him on his back on one play.
The defensive tackles continue to dominate the interior of the line. Star Lotulelei tackled Langi in the backfield as soon as he was handed the ball for a five yard loss. He was run over by John White on one play. On the next play he pushed Jeremiah Tofoaeono back about ten yards, which had the defense hooting, hollering, and laughing.
Isaac Asiata is getting better and better. He gets down the field unbelievably well for a freshman his size.
Offensive line struggled for the most part, especially the interior. The QBs faced pressure for much of the day and had a ton of balls batted down.
The DBs had a very good day getting their hands on balls. A lot of deflected passes.
Ryan Lacy had a solid day at corner. His technique is near perfect with his backpedal and great hip turn. Has very good ball awareness. He's pretty much locked down the corner spot opposite Conroy Black. Could be the next Lamar Chapman on the blitz. Had one corner blindside blitz on Shreve where he was at the QB almost instantly.
Spring Ball Practice Report 4/7
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