*The morning practice went shy of two hours. There will be no evening practice since the team will go bowling as part of a team bonding activity. If I was going the only thing I’d wanna see would be the OL and DL telling the front desk their shoe size …
**A pretty quiet run through today. The team practiced for a bit in full pads before pulling them off. The team went through 11-on-11 drills and 7-on-7s.
***WR Devin Lucien might have a minor concussion when he took a hard shot Monday. He was held out Tuesday and looked up beat to me walking the sideline playing catch for a bit with WR Jerry Johnson. RB had his right ankle wrapped at the trainer’s tent but it looked precautionary more than anything. OL Tre Hale left practice early (heat) as did WR Ian Taubler. WR Jerry Rice Jr., nursing a sprained right ankle, did not limp nowhere near he did Monday, and that’s a real testament to the UCLA training staff that in its own right has been tested during all these injuries. Rice Jr. worked mostly on the bike and I believe did some planks and side planks along with some of the other guys still conditioning. Among that group is DT Ellis McCarthy who looks like a real beast in full pads. I know he’s as anxious as anyone to get on the field. I’ve seen that look on his face before, the one where intently watches team drills, and you know in his head he just can’t wait to jog onto the field, go down on a three-point stance and just bowl over and watch a linemen’s life flash before his eyes. McCarthy was a kid everyone raved about when he was a freshman, and when I finally got my chance to see it for myself I just could not believe he was a freshman. His work ethic on the field was unparalleled. I remember watching McCarthy his senior forced to watch from the sideline after a knee injury two games into the season. His team trailing and all he could do was pace anxiously back and forth with a cold stone stare down watching his team get creamed at home. McCarthy came back with a vengeance even if his stats didn’t show it on paper. But you knew that his presence alone wreaked havoc and altered the game. You can bet he’ll do just that when he finally gets on the field, and when he does watch out.
****There were scouts here from the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Atlanta Falcons. They didn’t stick around for long.
*****OT Torian White is looking like the guy they want settling in at right tackle. He’s only going to grow comfortable the more he finds himself there, and it’s good news that the corrective surgery for a heart murmur won’t keep him out from any games.
*******WR Shaq Evans continues to impress. He hauled in some more spectacular catches, and Ishmael Adams had no chance. Evans also put a great move on Sheldon Price, reaching in front of Price to make the catch inside the 10 in 7-on-7 drills. WR Ricky Marvray and RB Steven Manfro also made some sweet catches after turning defenders after the push.
Wednesday’s practice is a two-a-day beginnig at 8:30 with an evening session set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday the team goes at 8:30 a.m. and then heads back to Westwood where the cool breeze (and the shorter drive) will be a welcome relief.