The final two drives of Monday’s 11-on-11 period were indicative of the progress the offense is making. First, Tony Rodriguez efficiently led the offense into the red zone, highlighted by a nice connection with Will Dissly across the middle for about 20 yards. When in the red zone, Vita Vea recorded a touch sack of Rodriguez. On fourth down, Tony found Andre Baccellia who turned up field and scampered for about 15 yards and a touchdown.
Van Winkle and Vizcaino each tried about 35 yard field goals from the right hash following Baccellia’s touchdown. Van Winkle missed left while Vizcaino split the uprights.
Then, it was Jake Browning’s turn. He did a fantastic job keeping the drive alive, converting multiple times on third down. He was able to roll out on third and six and extend the play long enough to find an open Darrell Daniels for a first down. He also hit Pettis and Little to move the chains. He capped the long drive, as well as the practice, off with a nice ball to Drew Before in the corner of the end zone.
With Bierria and Burr-Kirven not participating, DJ Beavers got a lot of reps with the first unit today. Walk-ons Matt Preston and Gerran Brown saw some action with the twos and threes.
Day 13 featured more special teams work with both Vizcaino and Soderberg getting some work punting, and Pettis, Baccellia, and Pounds switching off returning. Soderberg looked more comfortable getting his kicks off after one step. Vizcaino attempted both traditional and rugby style punts.
When practicing returning kicks, Myles Gaskin stepped back and joined the likes of John Ross, Chico McClatcher and Budda Baker. Jomon Dotson, Max Richmond, and Gavin McDaniels were among those who got reps as the off man.
Earlier in the day, Browning and Ross connected with another deep ball with Dustin Bush and Ezekiel Turner in coverage. The sophomore quarterback looks like he’s getting used to his new toy. However, Tony Rodriguez gets my vote for most impressive player of the day.
In seven-on-sevens, he dropped a beautiful pass to Lavon Coleman down the right sideline. He also connected with Lindquist over the outstretched arms of Jordan Miller on the sideline. In general, Rodriguez has stepped up and asserted himself as a quarterback capable of making plays. As a result, he’s been earning a lot of reps as the number two quarterback.
Austin Joyner, Jason Scrempos, Jared Pulu, John Clark, Kaleb McGary Ben Burr-Kirven, Connor O’Brien, Brandon Beaver, Brayden Lenius, and Quinten Pounds were out or very limited in today’s practice. David Ajamu started off as a full participant in practice before eventually transitioning over to conditioning drills, where he joined Keishawn Bierria. Ajamu had a knee brace on his right knee.