However, the excitement level rose near the end of practice when the call went out: "Let's play some football." A contest ensued, pitting the first-string offense driving against the second-string defense and vice versa. It was the first time during camp that the team practiced with full contact.
- First off, an update on players who did not practice. Junior kicker Taylor Mehlhaff missed his first practice of fall. He roamed the sidelines in a t-shirt and shorts. Quarterback John Stocco joined him on the sidelines. The third-year starter did not have his leg wrapped and walked freely.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas continued to miss practice—he was in pads, but limited to the stationary bike. Fellow linebacker Ryan Flasch was on the sideline with crutches and a brace on his leg.
Defensive lineman Justin Ostrowski was also out again, dressed in a jersey and shorts. Defensive back Aubrey Pleasant continues to nurse a shoulder injury.
On a more positive note, Mark Zalewski, Lance Kendricks, Isaac Anderson and Johnny White were all back in pads Wednesday, though for the most part, they played sparingly.
- Quarterbacks Tyler Donovan and Dustin Sherer both enjoyed solid afternoons. Still dressed in green jerseys, they were the only players not subject to being hit during the final scrimmage.
Both quarterbacks were pretty accurate at throws of all lengths. Sherer looked impressive in driving his unit to a touchdown on its first effort during the full-contact scrimmage.
- The older wide receivers have stepped up their game this week. Jarvis Minton, Paul Hubbard and Marcus Randle El have shown a sense of urgency in filling in for the departed Brandon Williams and Jonathan Orr, among others.
While they have had success, redshirt freshman T.J. Theus had the catch of the day. He went up against two defensive backs, snagged the ball, came down hard on his back, but held on to the roar of his teammates.
- Running back P.J. Hill got the most work with the first-team offense during the scrimmage while Dywon Rowan took most of the handoffs for the second squad.
Hill strung together a few consecutive strong carries in a row on his squads last drive of practice. Rowan saw as many carries as he had seen at any practice prior to Wednesday and took advantage of it, plowing through defenders.
- Defensive linemen Nick Hayden and Matt Shaughnessy both put some good pressure on opposing quarterbacks as did Mike Newkirk.
But the bigger story of this day on the defensive front was from Kirk DeCremer, a second-team end. He received praise more than once for his positioning and tackling.
- In the linebacking corps, it was a big day for second-team mike backer Joshua Neal. He and redshirt freshman O'Brien Schofield teamed up to clog up the middle and Neal nearly came up with an interception late in practice, knocking the ball down instead.
Jaevery McFadden continues to grow at his relatively new position. He played on the first-team alongside Elijah Hodge, who was credited with a sack during the scrimmage—though obviously without actually hitting the quarterback.
- Roderick Rogers continues to shine in the defensive secondary. He forced and recovered a fumble in early drills and was quick to break on the ball on a few occasions during the scrimmage. Fellow first-string safety Joe Stellmacher had a sack in scrimmage play.
Sophomores Jack Ikegwuonu and Allen Langford were sound once again at the corners.