Practice No. 9 was livened up by the presence of Spencer Hall, a.k.a. Orson Swindle, a.k.a. @edsbs. And he's been kind enough to grant me and interview for tomorrow's Bulldog Beat, so listen for that. Hijinks and hilarity will ensue.
Anyway, I do have a practice report for you tonight. I saw offensive linemen being shuffled around by John Hevesy the offensive line coach/blackjack dealer. He's just trying stuff, man.
But seriously, the coaches are looking for the right combination at O-line, and that's the lead item for tomorrow's notebook. Blaine Clausell and Charles Siddoway, who are competing for the left tackle starting job, both saw a lot of time at right tackle today (Siddoway first team). Damien Robinson, who had been working at right tackle, was at first-team left tackle.
Joey Trapp spent time at both tackle spots on the second team.
"He's just trying to mix and match some guys and to get guys dual ready, try to get our best five on the field at all times," head coach Dan Mullen said of Hevesy.
On to other things. The offense was pretty much dominated by the defense in Saturday's scrimmage, so how did they respond coming off of that?
"Good and bad," said Mullen. "There's a lot today, a lot of teaching things, and a lot of things we were trying to get cleaned up. Tyler (Russell) had a good day at times today, missed a couple of reads. One of the hard things is, as a casual observer, you say, hey, that was a heck of a throw, and we completed a pass, but he actually missed a read on the play. Those are things for consistency purposes we've got to get cleaned up."
By the way, I've got some video of Mullen (CLICK HERE).
I saw some good throws from both Russell and Dak Prescott. Saw some drops, saw some nice catches, too (I see you, Jameon Lewis). Joe Morrow took a slant and outran everybody in sight.
Taveze Calhoun had an interception of Prescott, and Corey Broomfield had a tip-drill pick of Russell.
"Installation ended, we had a scrimmage, so it's really getting back to a lot of basics," Mullen said. "A lot of almost our first- and second-day stuff that you've gotten a little bit of work at but not a lot. And I think we got back to some of those things today, and it was good to see we got a lot of stuff to clean up."
And finally, Mullen was asked about the firing of Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino. His full response:
"Really? How about that. That's a shame. That's just … I thought Bobby was a heck of a football coach. A really, really good football coach, tremendous respect. One of the great offensive minds in college football. It's a shame. Sometimes when you look, and I guess part of the life we live as coaches, the spotlight that we're in as coaches. You're held at an extremely high standard.
"And it's a shame for him, because not only is it something that can devastate a family – which obviously to me is a much bigger concern – but also a career and a dream that you have that obviously he was living being a football coach in the SEC. And having all of that taken away from you is a rough deal."