Monday’s practice was moved indoors due to inclement weather and was therefore closed to the media and public. Tuesday was the final open practice here on campus and drew a surprising amount of fans at practice for a chilly morning.
Here are a few things I jotted down in my notebook while I was there…
Of course the buzz at the time was to see if Geoff Collins would be out at practice, which he was not. Graduate assistant John Haneline was leading the linebacker drills with the aid of student assistant and former player Ferlando Bohanna.
Speaking of linebackers, I saw junior Benardrick McKinney go through one drill with the running backs.
During 7-on-7, junior quarterback Dak Prescott connected with sophomore wide receiver Fred Brown on a post route for a touchdown.
Freshman quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was intercepted by freshman cornerback Chris Rayford.
Sophomore wideout Fred Ross made a leaping grab of about 45-yards on a pass from sophomore Damian Williams.
Williams later hit junior tight end Darrion Hutcherson on a long gainer down the right sideline.
Coach Brian Johnson, the former Utah signal caller, got a few throws in during a drill with his quarterbacks.
Freshman J.T. Gray told us Monday that he had started working some at safety. Gray was in the secondary like he said and also had an Ace bandage wrapped around his right hamstring.
During the scrimmage, Williams found sophomore tight end Gus Walley on a crossing route over the middle.
A few of the true freshmen that redshirted this year have impressed me during these open practices including running back Dontavian Lee, linebacker Gerri Green and wide receiver Jesse Jackson.
Sophomore defensive end A.J. Jefferson sacked Fitzgerald.
Freshman linebacker Kelan Chairs had a pick-six on a Fitzgerald pass.
Sophomore safety Brandon Wells lowered the boom on a walk-on player.