With first-team offense and defense working against the scout team unit, established players really enjoyed fine tuning their skills today.
Here's a sampling of my takeaways from Tuesday's practice session:
1. Marks getting lots of catches
- As you would expect against the scout team, Gabe Marks (pictured above) tore it up today. It wasn’t the fact that he played so well, it was the amount of balls being thrown to him. He’s definitely the number one threat on offense and head coach Mike Leach clearly wants to get him as many touches this year as possible.
2. Ball hawks on defense
- Interception, interception, interception… As similar on O, the defense played against the scout team today during the team period. Scout team or not, three interceptions on three plays in a row says something about the DB’s and other players in coverage. Even when the defense did face the starting offense briefly in skelly, Nate DeRider picked off Luke Falk on one of his opening drives. This team looks to have a good chance in improving their turnover margin once again in 2016.
3. Patmon taking on a bigger role
- Dezmon Patmon is taking a lot more snaps with the established offense. The first-year freshman from San Diego, Calif., is making solid catches and running great routes. He’s had a very productive fall camp, and it looks to be paying off as he see’s more reps at the X receiver position. With the season getting nearer, Patmon has become more of an occurring target for Falk and Tyler Hilinski.
Check back later this evening for a complete report on Tuesday's practice.