Offensive Observations: Practice No. 5

Offensive Observations

  • Andre Debose participated in walk through today. It is the first time I have seen him working with the team while he continues to rehab his knee.
  • Kurt Roper got on the offense early for not playing fast.
  • Cam Dillard continued to have some of his snaps go high today. He’s the No. 2 guy at center but his snapping has been off the past two practices.
  • Quinton Dunbar beat Vernon Hargreaves with a nice move and slant. Driskel put the ball on the money and Dunbar earned praise from Kurt Roper, Joker Phillips and Travaris Robinson.
  • Gideon Ajagbe made the play of the day with a diving catch in the endzone. Jeff Driskel’s pass was a little long but Ajagbe was able to stretch out and make the grab.
  •  Driskel seems to be picking up things a little faster than the two other quarterbacks. Roper got on Grier today during passing skeleton drills.
  • Valdez Showers had a better day of practice on Tuesday and he also stayed after to workout with the JUGS machine post-practice.
  • Adam Lane seems to be adjusting to the offense nicely. He and Mark Herndon have put together several good practice sessions but neither seems to have a chance to unseat Kelvin Taylor as the starter.
  • Mack Brown did some nice things at practice today. He’s moving well and the simplicity of the offense seems to be helping him on the field.
  • Trenton Brown spent some time in “the pit” today with the injured players but it didn’t look like an injury that would keep him out for the rest of spring.
  • Alvin Bailey continues to play well. The redshirt freshman is really benefiting from the new offense.
  • Latroy Pittman took the bulk of the first-team reps in the slot today.
  • I’ve been very surprised at how well Hunter Joyer has adjusted to his new role. Joyer has been flexing out, running routes and receiving the ball far more than what his role called for the past two seasons. He’s showing good hands and he’s a tough tackle with a head full of steam.
  • Marqui Hawkins did not work with the offense today as he has moved to the defensive side of the ball where he played a lot in high school.
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Nick de la Torre
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  1. And… that explains what has happened to Hawkins.
    I am sure that the coaches can see where his strenghts are and where he needs to fit on the field best. I was just looking forward to seeing this guy give us some great catches as a receiver.