Practice Report 4/11

The second scrimmage of the spring looks to have narrowed down a few position battles...

New Pac 12 logo on the Northeast side of the field. The MWC logo is still on the Southwest side.

Prospects at the scrimmage today included Brandon Fanaika, John Fakahafua, and Vaha Vainuku.

Somewhat lackluster practice with neither the offense nor the defense showing much energy, although the defense dominated for much of practice.

Isaac Asiata suffered an injury to his hand trying to make a tackle on an interception return, but returned to practice after taping it up.

John Cullen went down with a leg injury midway through practice and was down for awhile. He did not return to the field, but spent the rest of practice on the sidelines.

The offense struggled mightlily today. Couldn't move the ball with either the ones or the twos. The only success they had was with Shreve under center in the two minute offense. He seems to excel in that situation more so than when they go at a normal pace, but the overall success was minimal.

Griff Robles had a bad day with multiple interceptions, overthrows, and underthrows. His few successes came when he scrambled. Looks to have lost all of his confidence out there. Despite Shreve not having his best day throwing the ball, he looks more and more comfortable in the offense and under center. He had a few nice short balls, but also threw one to nobody that was intercepted by Boo Anderson. Unless he goes down with an injury, Tyler Shreve will be your backup to Jordan Wynn once the season starts.

John White and Thretton Palamo received all of the snaps at running back with the ones while Harvey Langi and Lucky Radley were with the twos, although Langi received the bulk of those carries. White broke off a 15 yarder where he juked a few defenders before being tackled. Palamo had a few solid goal-line runs, but nothing tremendous. Langi runs unlike any running back I have ever seen. He gets the ball, takes a long step while determining where he is going to go, and then explodes to that spot. Hadn't noticed it much until today, but he did that on almost every carry.

Luke Matthews is going to a lot of balls out of the backfield this year. Chow has used fullbacks well in the past out of the backfield A.D. Matthews is going to be a nice weapon. No real standouts from the receiving group, although Dres Anderson had a nice catch and Devonte Christopher had the ball thrown his way quite a bit despite the lack of completions. Dexter Ransom seems to be getting more involved in the offense.

Jake Murphy had a very good driving grab on a misplaced ball from Robles. He's very athletic.

Isaac Asiata is having trouble stopping the swim moves of some of the tackles. Dave Kruger swam past him for a sack on Robles.

Tevita Stevens is starting to show some veteran leadership and is looking more comfortable under center, calling out the assignments as he stepped up to the line and making sure everyone knows who they are blocking.

The defensive line had another good day. The Kruger boys were in the backfield a lot. It's not a stretch to think that they'll both be starting by the time the season starts. The offensive line couldn't slow the entire defensive line much today, especially after Cullen went down. 7 sacks total.

Matt Martinez picked off a pass over the middle from Robles as did Dave Fagergren. The linebackers were again stout. Jacoby Hale was in on a lot of plays.

The corners had a very good day with Conroy Black and Ryan Lacy having great days and solidifying their jobs even more. Michael Walker picked off a deep pass from Robles along the sidelines that Dexter Ransom gave up on and could have fought for.

Terrell Reese picked off a Robles pass and looked like he was going to score before slowing down and being caught from behind by Robles around the 2 yard line. The safeties didn't have to do much with the defensive line swarming the QBs and forcing bad throws.

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