Day 2 of practice is in the books. There was no oppressive heat today. The skies were overcast and the temperature was cool.
On the injury front ... Erik Kohler was wearing an immobilizing knee brace on his right leg. Sarkisian said Kohler had an MRI as a precaution, but the results weren't back. He did admit that Kohler will likely miss about two weeks of practice, but said Kohler should still be ready by the season opener on Sept. 1 against San Diego State.
Sarkisian was confident since he dealt with that during Mark Sanchez's junior season at USC. Sanchez suffered the same injury on the first day of fall camp and still played in the knee. Of course, Sanchez and Kohler play very different positions and a weight differential of about 120 pounds.
Running back Deontae Cooper was dressed in full, but I noticed he was very limited. He didn't participate in any of the individual drills or many of the early stretching and conditioning. While its great that he's participating in practice, expecting much from Cooper right now would be foolish and unfair. The simple fact he's out there and hasn't given up is an accomplishment.
OG Colin Tanigawa participated in early individual work, but did no team stuff.
With Kohler out, the offensive lines looked like this ...
First team: Micah Hatchie, LT; Dexter Charles LF, Drew Schaefer C, James Atoe RG, Ben Riva RT
Second team: Jake Eldrenkamp LT, Siosifa Tufunga LG, Mike Criste C, Shane Brostek RG, Ross Dulbec RT
Third team: Jake Eldrenkamp LT, Ben Teichamn LG, Siosifa Tufunga C, Travis Hindy RG, Nathan Dean RT
Speaking of offensive linemen, Nic Purcell a very large junior college offensive linemen out of Golden West CC was at practice on an unofficial visit. Not sure if he's been offered. He's a former rugby player.
Since we are talking about the trenches ... here's a quick look at the defensive lines from what I saw
First team: Talia Crichton, Danny Shelton, Andrew Hudson, Josh Shirley
Second team: Jarrett Finau, Lawrence Lagafuina, Semisi Tokolahi, Hau'oli Jamora
Third team: Pio Vatuvei, Drew Schultz, Sione Pota'e, Corey Waller
Fourth team: Drew Schultz/Damion Turpin, Josh Banks, Tani Topou, Alec Kimble/Connor Cree
The linebackers and secondary were pretty much the same as usual. Nate Fellner was still with the first team, and didn't get kicked off the field for being too rough. James Sample was the first-team nickel back. Thomas Tutogi did get some quality reps in with the first team unit, replacing Princeton Fuiamaono. But right now John Timu looks like their best linebacker.
Let's get to the practice action
Here's some video of the quarterbacks throwing ... I know I am not Scorcese.
The offense was much better today. Keith Price was very crisp during the early periods, but it was in the final 11-on-11 period where things got memorable.
The play of the day came when Price handed the ball to Cody Bruns on a reverse. Bruns then fired a spiral downfield to an open Kasen Williams for a touchdown of 60-plus yards. Normally, we can't mention plays like this, but Sarkisian mentioned it, so we can.
Not to be outdone, Price and Johnson hooked up with two long scoring passes. The first was a post route in which Johnson made a fantastic leaping catch and then ran away from the defenders. Johnson then beat the secondary on a flag route for another score on a perfect ball from Price.
Shaq Thompson had a nice strip during 11-on-11 and another pass breakup.
Tre Watson had a big pass breakup and a forced fumble. Both Watson and Marcus Peters got to work in with the first-team defense in the final 11-on-11 period for a handful of plays,.
Desmond Trufant has been very good. So good, quarterbacks are rarely throwing in his area.
In the field goal race ... The 46s ... Travis Coons and Korey Durkee had better days.
After struggling a little yesterday, Coons came back and went 5-for-7. He hit two field goals from 32 yards, three from 42 yards and then missed two 52 yarders. The first miss hit the upright.
Durkee went 2-for-3, missing a 33-yarder and then making a 33-yarder and a 43-yarder