August 17, 2011
Practice Rewind: Day 9
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Kevin Frahm, Josh LaGrone and Shaydon Akuna are the most recent additions to the walking wounded, but on the positive side Brian Watkins, Geoff Garner and Brandon Hardin were suited up and were full participants.
Angie alluded to the sluggish pace of the last A.M. practice and I feel coaches addressed this and it was a very spirited morning on the Prothro grass. Onside kicks were worked on, along with kick return. At this point I'd say Jordan Poyer is the only shoe in for returner.
Great to see Castro Masaniai in full pads and going hard all day. With the injury to Frahm, Castro should get a ton of reps and hopefully by week two, be in game shape.
Again there was emphasis on 3rd down conversions and for a team that was ranked 7th offensively (36.6%) and dead last in the Pac-12 defensively allowing opponents to convert 46.6% of the time. I noticed a little more urgency in the coaching staff today. Now in week two, the learning process should have taken place and the staff is expecting to round out their official two deeps as we near week one.
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