Well, the first part of the second (and last) of the two-a-days is in the books.
Man, what a difference 10 degrees in temperature makes.
Coach Johnson said he was happy with the tempo and effort of the practice, which was 18 periodslong compared to the usual 24.
We’ll see if the weather stays as nice for the second session, scheduled to start at 5:15.
On to the highlights:
Backup quarterbacks David Sims and Tevin Washington made several good throws in the scales drill, with Sims connecting on three consecutive pretty passes. Washington hit Zach Fisher in the 7-on-7s with a pretty deep pass. Johnson said after practice that he thought Washington was making good progress.
Josh Nesbitt made two very solid throws down the field into the corner during the same drills.
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle T.J. Barnes (more on him in Sunday’s paper) had some reps with the first-string defensive line. Asked about that afterward, Johnson said that Jason Peters had tweaked something, so Barnes was getting some time.
Freshman defensive back Rod Sweeting broke up another pass in the drills.
On the beach today were Jordan Luallen (boot off, but still on crutches), Jaybo Shaw (he returned to Rose Bowl field after sustaining a concucssion), Nick Claytor (back), Dominique Reese (hamstring), Brad Sellers (concussion), Daniel McKayhan and Stephen Hill (who returned to the field later in the day).
Austin Barrick returned to the land of the playing.
More after today’s afternoon practice.
TJ in for Peters