Coach Al Golden gave a brief update on offensive lineman Hunter Knighton, "He's doing well and they are being prudent with him." Its not much but it's good to hear he's doing ok, we probably won't get any updates over the break but we will be sure to pass along any official news we receive.
Defensive End David Perry has parted ways with the team, he had suited up over the past few practices but didn't seem very involved. Hopefully he can graduate and play elsewhere this year. Things didn't work out here but we wish him nothing but the best of luck moving forward.
Defensive tackle Olsen Pierre left the practice field today with a slight limp. Couldn't tell what the injury may have been, if any, but he did not return. Tight End Beau Sandland was in a yellow light contact jersey today, he seemed to be moving around well so I would expect him back to full duty when practices resume. In good injury news coach Golden said that freshman Braxton Berrios' expected return time should be closer to June than August.
Kevin Olsen seemed to have his best day of the spring today. Olsen threw a few impressive passes during 11 on 11 drills connecting on a few to WR Rashawn Scott. Scott continued his solid spring with a few really good catches. Golden spoke about the team missing Rashawn last season and you don't have to watch him very long to see why. Ryan Williams had a quiet day, he started off with his first throw getting intercepted by Denzel Perryman but rallied with a TD to Stacy Coley. By the way guys, Coley is still really good. Olsen didn't unseat Williams today in the quarterback race but it was nice to see him have a good day. Golden spoke highly about both QBs, praising Williams ability to place the ball where the receivers can make runs after the catch and how Olsen is starting to "see it better, and play faster."
In the running game Gus Edwards had a few solid runs, nothing spectacular. Due to my vantage point I'm not quiet sure if Walter Tucker had a good run or a good run after catch. Either way he showed why the staff choose to flip him to the offense.
On Defense Alex Figueroa continues to
make me love him impress. His effort alone is refreshing to see but he's also making plays. When asked on which defensive lineman have stood out to him Golden named Earl Moore and Jelani Hamilton. Not the first names you normally think of up front but it's nice to hear they are making progress.
Matt Goudis was dealing with a bit of a breeze today while attempting FGs. He appeared to go 5 for 6 during the special teams drills missing wide left on a kick he seemed to take a misstep on.
Golden seemed impressed with the tone of the first week, says the week break in the middle gives the players time to reflect on everything they just went over while also giving them time to rest and prepare to jump back into it when they get back.
That's it for week one, after the break UM should be getting a few bigger names back from injury so some postion battles may start to get a bit more intresting as we get closer to the spring game. I will be posting images from this week so keep an eye out.