It’s easy to tell that the players are itching for full contact. Minor scuffles broke out between players yesterday and Wednesday.
There’s enthusiasm for what they are doing and it’s coming out on the field. Here’s a quick look at what happened today.
Who stood out:
Offense: Quarterbacks Kyle Pohl and Nick Hirschman played virtually the same. They both connected on some long passes. They had a couple they wish that they had back. One thing that wasn’t apparent in watching Hirschman before: he can tuck the ball and run from pressure when needed.
Two wide receivers continue to stand out. Jerrod Dillard had another solid day even wowing teammates in 7-on-7 drills with a one-handed catch over the middle in the end zone. At one point it looked as if he tweaked a hamstring, but he quickly walked it off.
Freshman Mykel Traylor-Bennett continued to work hard and in one instance he dazzled as he extended his reach to pull down a 35-yard completion from Hirschman.
Running back Jawon Chisholm continues to run hard and strong. There looks to be a difference in him, however, as he looks to have gained an extra burst of speed.
Sophomore Hakeem Lawrence arrived at UA last season with a nice resume, but was behind. Then he suffered an injury during the season that proved a setback. Wednesday he showed why the Zips had interest. He had a couple of nice runs including one he broke for a 60-yard score during the 11-on-11 session.
Defense: It’s difficult to not appreciate the day that 5-foot-11 sophomore Jatavis Brown had. He sacked the quarterback once and picked Pohl off another time.
The defensive line in general played consistently and got nice pressure on the quarterback more than a few times, plays that resulted in sacks.
Senior cornerback Emmanuel Lartey, who didn’t see a lot of action last year, came up with a couple of pass breakups and a nice pick.