August 25, 2009

OL starting to gel on Day 14

All is right with the world. Coach Cav was back to his old form Tuesday afternoon, loud and in his player's faces. I've been watching him since Day 1 of Fall Camp and cannot for the life of me remember a more reserved and mellow Cavanaugh. After watching the offensive line not play up to snuff the last couple of practices, Coach didn't hold anything back. And you know what? The offensive line performed for him today, as it looks like the 1st unit is starting to gel and work together like they are supposed to.

There were a few other bright spots around practice as a result of the o-line playing better. The main benefactors were the running backs and the quarterbacks. Sean Canfield continues to look sharp, as he was slinging the ball all over the field. His main targets were James Rodgers, Casey Kjos and whichever running back happened to be in the game at the time. Despite not having three of his top targets out there today, he still found ways to move the ball up the field.

While Canfield had some time to throw, the offensive line did an even better job of opening up holes for the running backs to hit. And they were hitting the holes hard.

We all know what Jacquizz Rodgers brings to the table, he busted several long runs over the course of the day, but Jordan Jenkins continues to impress and will probably receive some playing time during the Portland State game.

Next to Quizz, Jenkins is probably the best receiver coming out of the backfield.
Jovan Stevenson made a return to the field today after sitting out a couple of days nursing a sore Achilles. Stevenson split most of his carries with Jenkins, running with the 2nd string offense. It appears that it isn't bothering him at all today as he busted out a couple of long runs. On both he started inside, but he didn't have anywhere to go as the linebackers had filled all the gaps on the inside. No problem, he bounced outside on both plays that resulted in 40+ yard gains.

Other Notes & Observations from practice:

Timi Oshinowo appears to be moving along in his rehabilitation as he was working with the trainers on a couple of different agility drills and actually did a little light jogging in one of the endzones towards the end of practice. It wasn't the prettiest thing watching him run as he still doesn't have the greatest range of motion in his knee, but it is encouraging just to see him taking another step towards being back on the field.

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