PROVO â€” The story yesterday was how the defense responded from Saturdays scrimmage in holding the offense to five straight three-and-outs. Today, the offense responded.
Its going to be a back and forth all week, and if theres not, then there is something wrong, said senior offensive lineman Terence Brown. You go into the film room see what mistakes you make, you correct them, you go out and then make some new mistakes. Its just how practices go. The important thing is that you keep improving.
Todays practice session got a bit chippy at times with both sides of the ball going hard. Good friends and former Bingham teammates, Jordan Pendleton and Austin Holt even mixed it up on one occasion.
When youre out there going as hard as you can, you dont care who it is, you dont notice, said Holt. Its just one of those things and right after we gave each other a hug and all that. Its just part of football and being competitive and we both understand that.
Overall, Holt is always glad to have his former high school teammates out there practicing.
He raises the level of intensity every time hes there on both sides, he said. Hes such a great player, he just brings the best out of everyone and you can definitely feel it getting more competitive when hes on the field.
The offense was able to score on two of its three full set of reps. Joshua Quezada was able to score from 12-yards out on a run up the middle and James Lark was the beneficiary of a great leaping catch from Marcus Mathews for a 37-yard touchdown.
We have a lot of pride as an offense, so it was important for us to respond today and I think we did that, said Holt. Its getting more competitive out there and its what you want. You want guys going at it as hard as they can. While you always want to beat your opponent, its always nice to see the defense have some success. We just need to make sure that we respond to it every day.
As practices draw on, players expect the physical and even chippy play to continue.
Guys get tired and frustrated out there, and yeah, it gets a bit chippy, it always does, said Brown. We just need to make sure that we keep the locker room together no matter what and that hasnt been a problem at all so far.
Jake Heaps finished the team drills session going 2-for-5 for 29 yards on completions to Rhen Brown for six yards, and McKay Jacobson for 23 yards, which converted a third-and-long and setting up Quezadas touchdown run.
Two of Heaps incompletions were overthrown to wide-open targets including what should have been an easy touchdown pass to Cody Hoffman. The other incompletion was an on-target pass that was dropped by Brown.
Riley Nelson completed his lone pass attempt to Richard Wilson for 18 yards. James Lark went 1-for-2 which included the aforementioned touchdown pass to Mathews.
Kicker Justin Sorensen converted on field goal attempts of 42 and 57 yards while missing on an attempt from just 37-yards out.
Defensive highlights included Uona Kaveinga laying a huge hit on JJ Di Luigi which saw him get flagged for a personal foul on the sidelines. Kyle Van Noy also recorded a sack.
It was again standing-room only for todays open practice session. The crowd included Jimmer Fredette who had a front row seat while watching his favorite football team perform.