Post-practice update

* Interim head coach Mike Johnson’s first practice after taking over for Rick Neuheisel was not vastly different from that of the previous four months. More emphasis on team drills, though that is typical during bowl preparation. Some intriguing offensive formations, a good energy. But nothing too drastically different.

* Johnson also confirmed his interview with Akron this week. He said he was unsure if he would have to travel for it.

* Kevin Prince remained with the first-team offense in the team’s first practice back from an extended break. Richard Brehaut was working with the twos but moving better than he has in two months.

* Malcolm Jones seemed to be more involved in the offense that at any point this season, getting a ton of reps with both the first and second teams.

* If today is an indication, it looks like Donovan Carter is up with the first-team defense, along with Datone Jones in the interior.

* Keenan Graham got a lot of time at first-team defensive end with Jones still in the interior, and the rotation of Graham, Iuta Tepa, Damien Holmes and Owa Odighizuwa seems pretty set.

* Simply put, Steven Manfro had a sick, sick cut on a run late in practice.

* Sean Westgate, Alex Mascarenas, Dalton Hilliard all missed practice and their status is unknown for the bowl game.

  • Rich

    I thought Manfro was redshirting. would love to see him out there if not…

  • Anonymous

    Readshirts practice with the scout team. Early bowl prep typically gets the younger guys extra reps.


  • Anonymous

    Jon I’m beginning to take your practice updates with a train of salt. It sounds like our team has awesome practices, and it raises our hopes. Clearly they don’t transfer onto the field. Perhaps you can be more critical next year. Thx a bunch!

  • Coach Thom

    We all appreciate the efforts you’re putting in, Jon. The video segments are terrific. I hope next season we see Manfro show the world what he can do. The kid is awesome. Here’s hoping the new staff don’t play the ‘old’ favorites and give guys like Manfro, Hundley and Lucien a real chance to shine.

  • Newhire

    Hey Anonymous,

    If you don’t like what John is seeing you can:

    A. Go out to a practice and form your own opinions
    B. Start your own blog because you’re obviously such an expert
    C. Go fuck yourself

    Whichever you’d like pumpkin…