First a.m. practice in the books: QB competition will be cut to 2 contenders after next week's scrimmage
Our talented intern Jacob Feldman (@JacobFeldman4) covered practice today at Greentree Field.
And he saw what everyone else has been seeing, that graduate transfer quarterback Jake Heaps and freshman Brad Kaaya are the two young men getting the bulk of the reps with the first team, and it appears the favorites going into the first scrimmage (closed) Wednesday.
Jacob reported and transcribed some of what Coach Al Golden said after practice. Make sure to read his story on Dallas Crawford later today, and his notes from camp on the quarterbacks.
***On if players are starting to separate themselves:
"There are some guys that have played a lot and have a lot of experience, so those guys kind of separate themselves and you can maybe give them 3 reps and the other guy 5 in an 8 play period, but I would say a majority of our team is scratching and clawing right now to be honest with you. I dont think there is going to be that kind of separation until after the 2nd scrimmage. There are a lot of guys in the mix right now so there are a lot of jobs open."
***On the quarterback situation:
"I'd like to get it down to two (QBs) after the first one (scrimmage). I’d like to get it down to two and go from there as we get into game week. The first scrimmage is Wednesday, and the second one is Monday so there isn’t a lot of time, so if I can get it down to two and give them a lot of work between the first one and second one, we’ll go from there."
Note that Golden said Kaaya was more vocal Saturday.
*** On WR Darrell Langham, whose first practice (in shorts and jersey and helmet, no pads) was Saturday:
"We'll get [him] caught up -- get him in condition here, be careful with him in the beginning so he doesn't pull anything or get an injury.''
*** On what has impressed him about freshman right tackle Kc McDermott:
"Kc's really good with his feet for a big man, and that’s what's allowing him to compete. He’s smart and he’s got great feet, and obviously the rest of that group has worked together for a long time so that’s the 5 right now. And we have 6, 7, and 8, which is one group and then the next group -- 9, 10, and 11 -- that’s how we are breaking it down right now."
UM's starting offensive line is from left to right: tackle Ereck Flowers, guard Jon Feliciano, center Shane McDermott, guard Danny Isidora and McDermott. He confirmed that Hunter Wells, Alex Gall and Taylor Gadbois are the next three in line.
Tomorrow's practice is closed to the media, but we will still conduct interviews in the late afternoon.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN