Quarterback JaMarcus Russell threw much better today after sustaining an elbow injury a couple of days ago. Most of his passes were short dump offs, but there were some that he riffled into tight coverage for completions.
On a strange looking play, defensive end Derrick Burgess and tackle Cornell Green met at the point of attack, grabbing each other as the play came their way. The two didn’t want the other to get the upper hand in positioning, so they held on to to their jerseys as they ran around each other.
Defensive tackle Gerard Warren did not work out with the team, but participated in individual drills with the trainer. Warren’s thigh is still bothering him according to Lane Kiffin.
Mammoth tackle Terdell Sands was out today to have his knee drained and will go to a one-a-day practice format. Kiffin expects to have Sands in drills tomorrow.
Safety Greg Wesley practiced again today with the second team defense.
Wide receiver Todd Watkins just keeps on making sensational catches. Head coach Lane Kiffin was asked about Watkins, and stated, “He’s played extremely well. We were joking in there because he came off the street and Mark Jackson found him for us, so he’s taking credit for him. A year ago, we tried him out and ended up bringing him back. The guy has made a number of plays. We were going through some lists and some different people were talking in the room, I’m not going to tell you exactly where, but a number of guys on offensive staff had him extremely high on the list.”
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall slightly injured his left hand after trying to break up a Todd Watkins catch. Hall came off the field holding his extremity and didn’t come back out with the 1st team defense. Hall appeared to be fine afterwards, as he was seen joking with teammates on the sideline and not favoring his hand.
Receiver Ronald Curry hauled in a deep reception on a long toss versus cornerback Michael Waddell.
The offensive line was sharper today. During the last offense vs. defense drills, there were no false starts that entire session.