At this point every year, friends are calling me about the newcomers, so let's talk about some of them...
Coach Wulff has said multiple times that a couple of the freshman wide receivers are going to have to play this year. If that scares some of you, it shouldn't. No one was in pads, but Kristoff Williams, Bobby Ratliff and Marquess Wilson all looked like they were already on the same page with the Cougar quarterbacks. The same goes for Isiah Barton, who caught a deep ball from Tuel along the sidelines.
Speaking of Tuel, he looked sharp. I don't chart his passes, so I'm not sure how many he missed on during skelly and scrimmage. But I can tell you it wasn't many. You could probably count them on one hand. Marshall Lobbestael said he was feeling great, and he wasn't wearing a brace on his knee, so that is a good sign.
Coach Rasmussen's tight ends looked great. Andrei Lintz and Skylar Stormo each caught deep balls while blanketed, and freshman Aaron Dunn made an amazing grab, adjusting and snatching an underthrown ball about three inches off the ground.
Rickey Galvin looks quick, real quick. The running back position is going to be fun to watch. There are a number of guys competing to win the starting job, and they should all be making each other better throughout camp. James Montgomery practiced, and he looks like he is pretty close to his old self.
Overall, it was a pretty good day for the offense. They celebrated on the final play of practice by taking a knee at the goal line.
I was primarily focused on the offense today, but Mike Ledgerwood made a couple of outstanding plays for the Cougar defense. He picked off one of the Cougar quarterbacks during skelly and took it in for a touchdown. And then during scrimmage he broke up a pass that was nearly intercepted by one of his teammates.
I have a couple of videos for you from after practice. Coach Wulff and Tuel each spoke with the media, and you can watch the videos below.
Only 28 more practices until the Cougars suit up against Oklahoma State. The team will hit the field again tomorrow at 2 p.m., in another helmets-only practice. I should have a couple more things for you tonight or tomorrow morning, so check back later for a couple more videos.