QB Jeff Tuel fired up a deep ball in Wilson's direction that appeared would go out of bounds. But Wilson, who had CB Brandon Golden all over him, leaped and was able to secure the 35-yard reception.
The defensive backs continued their strong play in live drills, with several pass deflections of both Tuel and QB Connor Halliday. Although there were no interceptions in the afternoon session, Bucannon said the defensive backs feel they are making more plays and everyone is getting better with their technique.
"We definitely feel like we're getting our hands on a lot more balls," Bucannon said. "We're seeing the field a lot better and we're more experienced than last year."
Bucannon record an interception during the morning practice, and has been consistent with his play all fall. Bucannon's change in size has been one of the most notable of camp, with the sophomore now checking in at 190 pounds. Bucannon has been much more physical compared to last season, and told CF.C he couldn't feel better now that he's added some size to his game.
"I feel a lot better out there," Bucannon said. "I feel like I'm fitting to the game more and on the other side of the ball people won't look at me and think, 'He's the odd man out let's pick on him.' "
AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED by CF.C, the defense appears to be much faster thus far and are playing with a lot more physicality. Kickoff for Idaho State is 16 days away, and Bucannon said although the team still needs to work, they are getting closer to where they need to be to have a successful season.
"Right now we still have a little more work to do but we can all play right now if it came down to it," Bucannon said. "We have so much potential and we're going to be ready on (for Idaho State)."
Another highlight of practice was when the offensive line and defensive line met up for some head-to-head action. The defensive line dominated the offensive line with DTs Anthony Laurenzi and Toni Pole leading the way for the front four. The offensive line seemed frustrated with their performance against the defensive line, which consistently fought their way past their counterparts and into the backfield.
Unfortunately, DE Lenard Williams appeared to suffer an ankle injury during one of the plays. Williams appeared to roll his ankle and walked off the practice field with his ankle wrapped in ice.
RUNNING WITH THE 1s
QB: Jeff Tuel
X receiver: Marquess Wilson
Flanker: Isiah Barton
Z receiver: Jared Karstetter Note: WRs Gino Simone, Henry Eaddy, and Bobby Ratliff also seeing action with the 1s
TE Andrei Lintz
LT: David Gonzales
LG: John Fullington
C: Andrew Roxas
RG: B.J. Guerra
RT: Wade Jacobson
RB: Logwone Mitz (Rickey Galvin also saw substantial action)
LE: Travis Long
LT: Toni Pole
RT: Anthony Laurenzi
RE: Skylar Stormo
SAM: Sekope Kaufusi
MIKE: C.J. Mizell
WILL: Alex Hoffman-Ellis
CB: Daniel Simmons (Note: Brandon Golden and him split time running with the 1s)
SS: Deone Bucannon
FS: Tyree Toomer (Note: Casey Locker also seeing action running with the 1s)
CB: Damante Horton