Another day of fall camp work is in the books for Cougar football. Once again the team just wore helmets as per NCAA rules which limits the aggression expected at the line of scrimmage. Without full contact play, speed and skills typically shine.
1. The depth at wide receiver made that position standout from the rest.
Senior John Thompson and sophomore Kyle Sweet caught ball after ball without a single drop while fourth-year junior Robert Lewis (pictured above) and senior River Cracraft constantly trashed the defense with mid-range catches. The coaches have to be very happy with the depth and consistency from the inside receivers. There was no drop off in substitution and everyone was contributing.
2. It was big day for Hilinski. One of the issues coach Mike Leach needs to sort out during camp is depth at quarterback behind Falk.
The second-year freshman working to lock down the backup role made huge improvements between the first and second practices. On Day One, Hilinski looked a little slow with his reads and made a few late throws along with a couple of interceptions. But Day Two showed a much improved version of the second string quarterback. Hilinski torched the defense in 7-on-7 and in the team period with an effective quick game, good deep balls, and multiple touchdowns on the day.
3. This years recruiting class is impressive for many reasons. The thing that is so surprising to me is how ready-to-play these guys are. Watching Jalen Thompson, Isaiah Johnson, Dezmon Patmon, Grant Porter and Marcus Strong, I can easily see all of these guys getting some playing time this season. They don’t look like freshman, and they don’t play like freshman either. Instead, they look talented enough to compete at the Pac-12 level. The one caveat here is the pads have yet to come on.
That said, all are getting serious early looks from the coaches when they run with the 2's, and all showed some impressive talent on the second day of camp. Another freshman who shows a lot of potential and has caught my eye is linebacker Jahad Woods. He’s not getting many reps with the 1’s or 2’s but he moves well and looks good running with the scout team.
Be sure to check back later this evening for CF.C's full report on Day Two of fall camp.
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