"We're getting better," Clark said of the young secondary. "We started off real slow. The 2's and the 3's have to learn the plays and pick it up ... just having more experience and having everybody on the same page will help us get better."
Clark, a redshirt senior, began the spring running primarily with the 2's on defense while Brown and freshman Charleston White took over the starting roles at corner. In the last few practices, Clark has earned a spot with 1's but he said being a backup to begin spring camp created a chip on his shoulder, especially considering he felt he had quality bowl-game practices and a productive offseason.
"I was fighting for a spot, really between me and (Charleston White)," Clark said. "Really trying to get better every day, I felt like if I could get that starting spot. I'm just trying to hold it down and be consistent."
To earn that starting spot, Clark said improving his technique was important, as was maintaining confidence.
"Confidence is a big thing playing corner," he said. "If you got that and play with swagger it'll take you a long way."
Defensive coordinator Mike Breske said of the up-and-down days Clark tends to have, Tuesday was one of his more positive performances.
"I thought he competed well," Breske said. "We just gotta get more consistent."
Breske said the unit's strength and greatest depth lies with the front seven, which also had an impressive showing on Tuesday. That depth on was on full display, highlighted by BUCK linebacker Ivan McLennan.
The redshirt junior created difficulty for the offense both rushing the passer and in coverage. He deflected a potential touchdown pass Bruggman fired toward receiver Drew Loftus in the team period and recorded a "sack" on Connor Halliday in the same drill.
McLennan was also responsible for the only turnover of the day, an interception on a pass Halliday lofted to running back Teondray Caldwell during the 7-on-7 drill.
"I feel like my play has been solid," McLennan said. "I have low moments, high moments, but overall it's been real consistent. I just want to be the best I can be for the team, if that's rushing the passer, if that's dropping (back in coverage) or if that's cheering on my teammates."
On offense, Halliday continued his efficient play, completing eight of 14 passes in the team period with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His first touchdown lob went to Robert Lewis, who played primarily at the H-receiver position. Halliday connected with receiver Kristoff Williams on the goal line for his second score.
The 7-on-7 drill proved to be the best of the day for Halliday as he went 15-of-20 with three touchdowns and the one interception. All three of his touchdowns came on the last three plays of the drill, two of which came in goal line situations. Sophomore wideout River Cracraft was the target on the first and third scores while Vince Mayle was on the receiving end of the second touchdown heave from Halliday.
Bruggman found Williams twice for touchdowns late in 7-on-7s on his way to a 12-of-20 performance in the drill. Before that he connected with Loftus on the second play of the drill on a deep ball down the right sideline.
"We gotta find a way to be more productive in the red zone," Breske said. "We had some good plays down there but we gave some up at the end, especially on the slants. It's just something we gotta work hard on."
Running with the 1's
QB – Connor Halliday
RB – Theron West
X – Vince Mayle
Y – River Cracraft
H – Robert Lewis
Z – Kristoff Williams
LT – Joe Dahl
LG – Gunnar Eklund
C – Sam Flor and Riley Sorenson
RG – Riley Sorenson and Jacob Seydel
RT – Cole Madison
CB – Tracy Clark and Daquawn Brown
S – Taylor Taliulu and Beau Glover
MIKE – Darryl Monroe
WILL – Tana Pritchard
BUCK – Kache Palacio
SAM – Cyrus Coen
NT – Toni Pole
T – Xavier Cooper
E – Destiny Vaeao
Running with the 2's
QB – Tyler Bruggman
RB – Jamal Morrow, Gerard Wicks and Teondray Caldwell
X – Daniel Lilienthal
Y – Calvin Green
H – Tyler Baker
Z – Drew Loftus
LT – Devonte McClain
LG – Eduardo Middleton
C – Riley Sorenson
RG – Cody O'Connell
RT – Jacob Seydel
CB – Charleston White, Marcellus Pippins and Sebastian LaRue
S – Darius Lemora and David Bucannon
MIKE – Jeremiah Allison
WILL – Chester Su'a
BUCK – Ivan McLennan and Emmitt Su'a-Kalio
SAM – Mitchell Peterson and Paris Taylor
NT – Robert Barber
T – Daniel Ekuale
E – Lyman Faoliu and Darryl Paulo