"(Friday) was maybe the best day I've seen them making difficult catches," he said. "Between Richard, Austin, and Kaneakua, I think we'll be in good shape. Kane has probably emerged as our dual-threat guy, where he can be in our flex positions and be an attached player in on I-formations. I suspect he will potentially have more plays than the other guys (Wilson and Holt), who are coming along after ACL surgeries."
Nelson has been impressed with Friel's performance in fall camp and in practice.
"He's done a really good job of catching the ball, getting down field and being an unselfish route-runner," Nelson said. "He still runs hard when he gets double-teamed. He's been very, very consistent. He's a pretty good blocker. The offensive line likes working with him in the run game. So I'm excited for his opportunity."
Mendenhall said the coaches are also evaluating one of the starting guard spots on the offensive line as well as the buck linebacker position. While the coach did not elaborate on the situation, Brock Stringham, who has been hampered with an ankle injury, and Manaaki Vaitai have both been playing right guard. At buck linebacker, Ogletree has been banged up, and freshman Manoa Pikula, who has been Ogletree's backup, has had a lot of reps. But Ogletree said he's healthy. "I feel good. I'm ready to roll. It's the best I've felt in a long time."
Freshman Micah Hannemann is Jordan Johnson's backup at field corner, with senior Robbie Buckner in the mix as well, Mendenhall said.
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