First, a glimpse at a footwork session overseen by position coach and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. Clint Trickett (9) takes the first snap, and it becomes clear after a series of throws that his release is easily has the best combination of snap, crispness and accuracy upon delivery. Trickett also slides effectively in the pocket and continually pinpointed passes into the netting, putting the ball in one of the three squares randomly chosen at the last second by Dawson.
Back-up Paul Millard (14) is next, followed by Skyler Howard (3), Logan Moore (15)and Austin Hensley (18). As of now, the depth chart lists Millard, Moore and Howard as battling for the second-team slot.
This second drill, with a focus on release, has the QBs firing into the netting again
William Crest was absent from the group for the first few periods of practice, as the touted freshman fielded punts. What to make of that remains to be seen, but it's clear from his build and overall athleticism that the muscled 6-2, 210-pounder has all the raw attributes to be a significant factor in the quarterback race next season. For now, his deep ball and overall accuracy, at least in the brief media session, were left wanting a bit. There were underthrows on longer passes, and balls behind wideouts on crossing and hitch routes. The ball has a zip out of the Baltimore product's hand, however, and stays on a line to wideouts on most throws demanding such as one can view from the third video highlight. Keep in mind, this is Crest's first collegiate practice, and the young talent should only hone his skills from here.