August 12, 2009

Day two in the books

The second practice is in the books and there was good news. Incoming freshman fullback, Jayson Allmond and tight end transfer from Notre Dame, Joseph Fauria practiced and Fauria caught a couple of passes. The Bruins received a good one in Fauria, but he won't be able to play in a game until 2010.

Coach Rick Neuheisel was happy to see both Allmond and Fauria in fold and was overall pleased with practice.

Neuheisel: "It was another good day. It was exciting to have a couple of newcomers out to the practice field. Jayson Almond was for the day and Joseph Fauria has joined the program as a transfer so it is great to have them out here getting ready to go, but things are progressing as they do.

"Whenever you're in no gear and the tempo gets up it is difficult to get things started offensively because tempo always favors the defense, but that being said, I think our defense is playing really well. I really do, I think they are playing really well and it is exciting and our offense if we can find ways to move the ball against them then we will be ready for the regular season.

Christian Ramirez talks about being used as a dual threat and how he really wants make an impact not just in the running game, but in the passing game as well. Do you foresee him being able to do that?

Neuheisel: "Well I know he's talented enough to be an excellent receiver. It remains to be seen how we go about using him, but I know Norm Chow has used backs in the past to catch the ball so it would shock me if that would be part of our plan. He's (Ramirez) adept at doing that, no question about it."

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