LEWISTON – Sunday afternoon’s practice – the third of Fall Camp – played host to battle between Trey Tinsley and Anthony Gordon during team series.
The two graded out similar in 7-on-7 drills meeting the expectation built off their reputations from last season’s quarterback conundrum: Gordon a gunslinger and Tinsley a patient pocket presence.
“I thought they looked pretty good,” Mike Leach said. “They had a little dry spell but generally were explosive.”
Gordon highlighted his series with a deep post to Tay Martin for six. But with risk comes repercussions, as a similar play closer to the end zone was picked off by emerging junior college transfer Shahman Moore.
Tinsley linked up with emerging inside receiver Brandon Arconado en rout to the end zone, and scored again – this time to Rodrick Fisher – on a mesh route a few snaps later.
Continuing the trend of a JuCo standouts in the defensive secondary, Isom Daniel – who picked of Gordon in a team series drill Saturday – recorded a pass breakup across the middle of the field during Tinsley’s reps.
Tinsley took the first series all the way to the bank completing his first seven attempts – complimented by two explosive plays – and an trip to the end zone down the right via Arconado in broken coverage.
The rest of Tinsley’s snaps grounded the otherwise ethereal series as he ended with a 10-15 completion figure; however, the redshirt senior did picked up another score via Max Borghi on a swing pass to the left side.
Influenced by a strong baseball background, Gordon continued to excite in his series with various arm angles to work around defenders – often in the event of a screen pass or check down.
The gunslinger completed his attempts at a 10-13 rate with one touchdown and one interception. Gordon debatably reached the right pylon on a scramble, though no defensive backs would dare collide mid air to protect the goal line in camp.
Gordon’s passing touchdown was linked with Brandon Gray in the back of the end zone strategically putting the ball high and away on a crossing route where no one could reach but the six-foot-five receiver.
Leach talked highly of Gray’s improvement coming into the fall. He’s bigger, faster, and in better shape according to the head man.
Lastly, Halid Djibril recorded an interception about halfway through Gordon’s series. A high floater to Gray’s back shoulder wasn’t wide enough allowing the redshirt freshman to win the 50-50 jump ball despite a four-inch height deficit.
This is the second pick the gunslinger has allowed in as many days during full team series reps.
- Lamonte McDougal sacked Gordon on his fifth drop back breaking four straight completions.
- It was the first day with shoulder pads, and Max Borghi – along with freshman halfback Jouvensly Bazil – took full advantage making plenty of contact with their allotted handoffs.
- Borghi couldn’t praise the improvement of Clay Markoff enough. He is seemingly a legitimate candidate for the backfield in short-yardage situation.
- Jahad Woods did not participate in some aspects of practice, but appeared to be healthy doing individual exercises off to the side.
- Dez Patmon has violent hands. Defensive coordinators and backs will not want to play him close off the line of scrimmage.
- Brandon Gray has made tremendous strides forward, and routinely creates separation on fade routes in skeleton drills – often leaving his defender on the grass.
- Brandon Arconado and Kassidy Woods are earning equal reps at inside receiver. That may change with time but for now both are proving to be reliable targets.
- Gordon completed a sidearm pass downfield to Kassidy Woods, working around a linebacker, for a ten yard pickup. It’s the first time we’ve seen the sidearm outside of a screen play or check down this fall.
- Safety Bryce Beekman, a JuCo transfer, endorsed the accuracy of popular Netflix series “Last Chance U” and the grind toward division-one football from the lower ranks.
- Defensive Coordinator Tracy Claeys spent 10 minutes or so hiding in shade near the gallery and engaged in conversation with a fan who drove all the way from Puyallup, Washington. After the three hour practice and media interviews, Mike Leach did the same with a pair of fans waiting off to the side.
(Top photo: Andrew Baertlein – Cougar Sports Network)