PITTSBURGH PA - JANUARY 11: The new University of Pittsburgh head football coach Todd Graham speaks to the media during a press conference at the University of Pittsburgh Panthers South Side training facility on January 11 2011 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Day 2 of ASU's spring practices are in the books, with 13 more to go. The intensity remains very good and the team really seems to be embracing Todd Graham's philosophies.
I attended practice last night and there were many noteworthy items.
- Rashad Ross is fast. Really, really fast. Near the end of practice, he hauled in a long touchdown pass from Michael Eubank. Granted, beating the ASU secondary is a fairly common occurrence over the last few months, but nevertheless, he's got wheels. I spoke with him after practice, and he expressed great excitement with his role as the team's deep threat.
- There were far too many drops by the wide receivers. Jamal Miles struggled some on the intermediate to deep routes. Not surprisingly, the wide receivers stayed after practice and played catch for about 10 minutes.
- Deantre Lewis had the green non-contact jersey on Tuesday, but participated without it last night. It was clearly evident he still is not 100%, but he still made some cuts and ran in the 7-on-7 drills.
- The quarterbacks showed off some good throws. The polish of Mike Bercovici's passing is evident, but there were some balls that got away from him. Eubank has a big time arm, and I liked a lot of his back shoulder throws. However, his accuracy was inconsistent. Taylor Kelly wasn't too impressive throwing, but had a long touchdown run that showed off his mobility. Fourth quarterback Danny Lewis was one-hopping most of his throws.
- Junior Onyeali was at practice, which hopefully is a positive sign of his eventual reinstatement. He did a lot of agility and quickness work, including the three-cone drill, and it does seems that he has maintained his burst. He also looks to be in good shape, and he will need to be if he has any hope of rejoining the team.
- Marcus Washington seems to have moved from running back to an H-back role. He'sa bit undersized for that role at 5'11", 212 pounds, but with the logjam in the backfield, this should help his chances at seeing the field.
- Another position change is wide receiver Jarrid Bryant moving to defensive back, and had an interception of Eubank. Not too many 6'5" DBs out there, but with ASU's thin secondary, this is a story that bears watching.
- Alex Garoutte continued to struggle, missing his first few attempts. He did manage to connect on his last field goal of the evening to close practice.
- Four-star offensive tackle recruit Evan Goodman was at practice again. He is one big fella. ASU's offensive line will be better once he puts on the pads this August.
- 2013 four-star quarterback prospect Tyler Bruggman of Brophy was also in attendance.
- Defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Paul Randolph just exudes intensity. Watching him coaching the defensive linemen was more exciting than it should be. Carl Bradford looks primed to have a big year under his watch.
- About 15 minutes after practice had concluded, some position groups remained on the field with their coaches in discussions. Coach Graham was talking to some fans when the defensive linemen were walking off the field. As if he had eyes in the back of his head, Graham spun around, yelled at the nearest coach "Hey coach, why is (jersey number) 49 walking off my field?!" Immediately and without further prompt, those players sprinted to their previous position, and then sprinted off the field.
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