*Sorry for the late post. Practice ended close to 2 p.m. but immediately we headed to a basketball presser with Ben Howland who addressed the team’s upcoming trip to China. So I’ll have video of that later in the day.
**Not the most spectacular practice earlier today. The energy was low and it showed throughout most of practice. Noticeably missing from practice was LB Ryan Hofmeister who is nursing a hamstring injury. LB Nate Iese left practice early with a dislocated finger but should be OK. WR Jerry Rice Jr. was at practice but was limited. DE Iuta Tepa will transfer, UCLA coach Jim Mora said. Also missing from practice with various injuries: Tre Hale, Colby Cyburt, Jeff Baca, Greg Capella, Alberto Cid, Michael Padovese, and Dylan Price.
***I had mentioned in Sunday’s blog post regarding Dalton Hilliard playing inside linebacker. Some questioned whether that was an error or not. After reading those comments I started questioning myself whether I wrote down the correct player. Watching practice today and, in fact, Hilliard saw time with ther first unit at inside linebacker along with Eric Kendricks with Jordan Zumwalt and Anthony Barr at ouside linebacker. Hilliard’s move to inside linebacker came on the last day of camp in San Bernardino. Also in the rotation at inside linbacker were Damien Holmes, Aaron Porter, Kenny Orjioke and Willie Green. Todd Golper did not see any action today, but figures to be in the mix.
****The quarterbacks struggled today and I’m not going to name names becuase it was pretty equal all around. From overthrown passes to poor accuracy. Perhaps the catch of the day came courtesy of Ricky Marvray on a pass from TJ Millweard. It was a fade route into the end zone. Marvray caught the pass over his right shoulder and stayed inbounds to convert the touchdown.
*****During passing drills, Brett Hundley didn’t connect with any receivers until his sixth pass attempt thanks to a nice catch from TE Joseph Fauria. Logan Sweet, Manfro and Jerry Johnson then followed suit. During that drill, WR Devin Lucien and DB Ishmael Adams got into a scuffle that spilled onto the offense sideline well after the play and had to be separated by teammates. Not long after, the duo were paired again. It was physical but nothing ensued. That’s when Andrew Abbott took a moment and chatted up with Lucien in an effort to get his mind right and back into practice. He did.
******Tuesday’s practice will be the last one open to the public. The morning session begins at 8:30 a.m. and the evening practice begins at 7 p.m.