With only a handful of open practices available to the public, we’ll try to get the most out of them as possible. Let’s get to it!
- The new field is gorgeous and I can’t wait for Memorial stadium to be filled to see it. The shading, the color tones, the fonts and accents are all cohesive to the overall look of the field.
- Some new notable numbers for the freshman. Elijah Hicks takes over the #3 shirt from Cam Walker. Biaggio Ali-Walsh replaces the #26 shirt for Bug Rivera. Jeremiah Hawkins takes the #6 shirt from Chad Hansen.
- QB Chase Garbers seems to be in the running to be the starting QB. He showed off great touch on his deep ball and ability to move in space as well. He was really impressive in his repertoire with the receivers and diversity of throws. The question is his command of the offense and his understanding of what OC Baldwin wants
- QB Chase Forrest had a solid outing as well. He calmly and collectively went through his reads, did not force any throws and made sure to use his safety valve via the RB or TE.
- QB Ross Bowers showed off his throwing ability, putting some solid zip on his ball into tight coverage as well. Bowers definitely showed how electric he could be with the ball despite some mistakes.
- WR Vic Wharton III made plays all over the field. He made some amazing catches and looked to able to put on the turbo after catch. We’ll have to see how effective it is during live practice, but for now he looks to be an important player in the 2-deep.
- WR Jordan Duncan arguably has the best hands and catch radius on the roster. He continued his stellar form from spring ball. Look for him to be a breakout star candidate this season.
- WR Kanawai Noa has improved every year, his sheer will power and aggressiveness in his approach to catching the ball will bring a different edge to the position.
- 1st practice meant no shells or pads, so zero contact at all. Defensively we’ll get a better sense of who’s improving and who’s separating themselves once we see some work in atleast shells. Case in point would be Zeandae Johnson this past spring. He improved so much that most of us that watched him had him pegged as the starter on the DL. So we’ll have more notes on that as the practices go on.
Thanks for reading folks. We’ll have more in-depth analysis and looks into the team as we get further into fall camp. What else would you like to see in the notebook? Are you interested in any specific players or positions? Let us know in the comments below.