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*The first major injury out of fall camp indeed came Sunday afternoon when DE Sam Tai went down with an injury. At the time severity of the injury was unkown. On Monday we found out it was a very serious injury and a blow to the Bruins after it was learned that Tai suffered a torn ACL and will be out the entire 2012 season. No update on Torian White, who had chest pains over the weekend and needed to be looked at by doctors before resuming practice. Dalton Hilliard was not at practice. He bruised his knee and he’s fine. He’s sore but he’ll be held out a couple days. Tevin McDonald did not practice because of dehydration. Tre Hale, Brett Downey and Patrick Larimore also were affected by heat. Kenny Walker dealt with some asthma issues, and Sam Goines also left practice early becuase of the heat.
**Despite the high temperatures, Mora said he would not adjust practice times. “You know how it was in Houston?” asked Mora. “It was worse than this. I would rather us be a little bit shocked now and adjusted than shocked and beat. Unless they change the game to the Astro Dome this is how it’s going to be, except more humid.”
***Mora said he’s excited about punt and kickoff returners. He’s got a laundry list of what he’s looking for before coming to a decision. “Guys that can catch the ball consistently and make good decisions with regards to when they catch it and when they don’t catch it. Guys that whent they catch make sure that we kep it, secure it. You want a guy that can make the first guy miss and a guy that can be explosvie with the ball and get us positive yards. That F position is really deep. And when you add Paul Perkins and Fabian Moreau to it [and] it’s a pretty epxlosive looking group, plus Kenny Walker. The guy can fly.”
****Special teams for the first time were in competitive drills. Punter Jeff Locke hasn’t lost a step, no punt intended. Locke’s hang time was impressive, and a couple times even punted behind the returner. For the first time we saw Ka’imi Faibairn take extra points and field goals with Locke holding. Faibairn missed the first attempt hitting the right post. His second attempt was good just inside the right post. He converted a 27-yard field goal inside the left post and went up the middle on his next attempt, both from the left hash mark. Faibairn then attempted from 37 yards on the right hash and converted. The ball moved to the 42 yard line from the left hash but the kick was way low.
*****Brett Hundley continues to impress. His poise in the pocket and decision making is just amazing to watch considering he still had some wrinkles in spring camp. Hundley finds the small pockets and his accuracy only helps receivers. T.J. Millweard gives the ball a good spin and is crisp in his delivery. But his decisions still are an issue, as you’d expect from a young man.
*******The linemen had to do a handful of up-and-downs. Not sure what prompted them, but Simon Goines sure had a hard time getting back in line when it was over. He gasped for air and Adrian Klemm told him to leave the field. Goines then took off his helmet, pads and shirt and headed to the trainer’s tent, which was very busy as you might imagine.
********Taylor Lagace is not backing down. The true freshman who on Sunday earned high praise from Mora, continues to bring his tough-as-nails approach at safety. First it was Jake Brendel giving Lagace a good push well after one play and then Lagace’s helmet came flying off after Ben Wysocki took issue with his follow through after tackling Johnathan Franklin, this after Lagace recovered a Malcolm Jones fumble on a previous play. Lagace has good instincts and burst of speed that can get him to the ball from virtually any point of the field.
*********Say what you want about the offensive line’s lack of depth, but you gotta love the leaders of this group. During a 10-minute water/shade break, Xavier Su’aFilo did anything but take a break, rallying the troops and reminding them about technique and quality reps. Guard Alexandru Ceachir perhaps took it to heart the most. He threw up at the end of practice, and I made sure to stay away from that tree.