Every time the offense and defense gathered for a team period it was done with red zone in mind. Jake Browning Browning had at least three touchdown passes on the day, to Andre Baccellia, John Ross and Forrest Dunivin , while backups K.J. Carta-Samuels and Tony Rodriguez combined for three more to David Ajamu and two to true freshman Aaron Fuller.
Carta-Samuels, Lavon Coleman and true freshman Sean McGrew also scored touchdowns via the run. The team periods were run using ‘cut’ tempo, meaning the offense could cut the defensive players but still keep them off the ground. It wasn’t a live scrimmage environment.
Just as it was impressive by the defense to hold the offense off the scoreboard the first three days of practice it was equally impressive for the offense to come back Friday and Saturday with a vengeance and take advantage of their opportunities.
It wasn’t completely one-sided, but it felt like it at times. Kevin King thwarted Browning’s one chance to score during the final team period. But the defense had to run gassers at the end because they didn’t force one turnover.
Vita Vea was given a chance to cut the gassers off by Chris Petersen Chris Petersen, as the head coach challenged the 6-foot-5, 332-pound defensive tackle. If he could catch a punt, the defense was done. He bobbled it, and the ball fell to the turf, as the fans in the stands gasped.
After one more gasser, Petersen offered the same challenge to another defensive lineman, Greg Gaines. Gaines didn’t bobble the punt, despite getting an earful of the air horn Petersen carries with him to signal a turnover. The fans gave Gaines great applause as practice ended.
The most notable personnel movement was Kaleb McGary working more with the ones than he had the first few practices. Andrew Kirkland had been working at that spot, but Saturday marked the first day where he came out with the ones.
The three-deeps at offensive line are starting to take shape. This is who played Saturday:
Trey Adams 6-8, 309, So.
Jared Hilbers 6-7, 285, RFr.
Luke Wattenberg 6-4, 260, Fr.
Jake Eldrenkamp 6-5, 297, Sr.
Michael Kneip 6-5, 284, Sr.*
Henry Roberts 6-6, 285, RFr.
Coleman Shelton 6-4, 293, Jr.
Matt James 6-5, 293, So.
Nick Harris 6-1, 270, Fr.
Shane Brostek 6-4, 289, Sr.
Jesse Sosebee 6-5, 311, So.
Duke Clinch 6-2, 294, Fr.*
Kaleb McGary 6-7, 308, So.
Andrew Kirkland 6-4, 311, Jr.
Devin Burleson 6-8, 312, RFr.
Along the defensive line it’s a little tougher to determine a true depth chart because of the myriad mixing and matching going on as Pete Kwiatkowski Pete Kwiatkowski gets a full library of personnel groupings for all the situations the defense will invariably find itself.
Needless to say, Greg Gaines, Elijah Qualls, Vita Vea, Jaylen Johnson, Damion Turpin, and Shane Bowman are the main group with the ones, with Jason Scrempos, Levi Onwuzurike, Ricky McCoy and Ryan Bowman right behind them. Even though Bowman, the true freshman walk-on from Bellevue, is 6-foot and listed at 251 pounds, he’s being used along the defensive line despite being outweighed by at least 30 pounds compared to his DL teammates.