Quick observations from today’s 7-on-7, Pt. 1

I headed down to Spaulding Field today for today’s 7-on-7, and here are some quick observations, followed later by a quick interview with Kevin Prince…

* Prince continues to grow in his role as team captain, and was absolutely in command of the entire team out there today. Micah Kia was out with the 7-on-7 guys for a little while before returning to the film room to rejoin the offensive linemen, and the team is really going to need that leadership from him, too.

* Even on completions, Prince was in guy’s faces, correcting sloppy routes or even just congratulating them. His arm looked very strong, but he was off on a few throws, and the timing does not look perfect.

* Prince does, however, have a favorite target in Joseph Fauria, who made a few great catches, including a one-handed snag of a tipped ball over incoming freshman linebacker Aramide Olaniyan, after which he playfully tossed the ball at AO. Fauria is one funny dude, and just wait until his “A Day with Joe” video comes out soon. Hilarious.

* Speaking of Olaniyan…Wow. The kid is jacked. I was very impressed by the size of many of the incoming freshmen, particularly Olaniyan, Malcolm Jones and Dietrich Riley. Prince said something interesting about just how big this class is, and I couldn’t agree more. Watch out for AO and Riley especially this year.

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  • Hollywood Bruin

    Jon,

    Loving this man; this is what all of us on this site enjoy reading. Going out to Spaulding field is something ALL OF US would love to do, so being our eyes and ears out there is awesome. I also appreciate the fact that you seem objective. I wouldn’t mind you being a little more Blue and Gold at times (wink), but this is the perfect time for you to tell us what is REALLY happening on that field.

    Thanks again, and any more updates like this are WELCOME.

    Hollywood Bruin

  • Ryan

    I agree, this is the type of updates bruins fans are starving for. thanks for the recap Jon.

  • bruinbiochem06

    I too love to hear how our team is looking, great job! I’m really shocked to hear Olaniyan might contribute this year. I take it mostly in special teams. I really love how enthusiastic he is about ucla and am heavily rooting for him!

    Go Bruins!!!

  • Anonymous

    AO weights 203lbs….

  • Coach Thom

    Good work and astute observations, Jon.

  • Washington Bruin

    Thanks Jon, I’m pretty far up here so appreciate hearing this type of info. Great job.

  • j_doe

    Fauria is going to be a monster. You could clearly see that last fall camp. I do look for him to have lions share of catches this year. Between him and Embree we should have some sure hands out there.

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    Awesome news, the Bruins are ready for the big stage.