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March 31, 2009 at 6:49 PM

First practice over

And if there are some typos in this report it’s because my fingers are still thawing out.
It was a hearty 100 or so who stayed to the bitter end as the wind and rain picked up, though estimates are about 400 were in attendance early on.
Those who stayed to the end saw some good stuff as the team concluded drills with a lengthy team period pitting the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, and the No. 2 offense against the No. 2 defense.
The defense got the win with some good plays from the likes of E.J. Savannah at OLB and Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, playing both tackle and end.
“They got us,” said coach Steve Sarkisian, who is also the team’s offensive coordinator. “They played well. I thought our backers especially as the practice moved on they started making more and more plays, especially in the run game. It was a good day.”
Observers noted that the pace of practice seemed quicker than the last few years. Sarkisian said he hopes that will only improve.
“I thought it was good,” he said. “I thought our guys responded really well. We are still learning the flow of practice, but I thought our guys responded well and as we moved through practice the tempo picked up more and more and more and I’m anticipating that will only get better as we move forward.”
As mentioned in the earlier entry, the most noteworthy personnel news was the No. 1 offensive line featuring Cody Habben and Drew Schaefer at tackles, Ben Ossai and Senio Kelemete at guard and Ryan Tolar at center. The biggest move there is Ossai, a two-year starter at left tackle, going inside.
Asked about that line, Sarkisian said: “We’re just trying to be as athletic as we can be and Ben is a pretty athletic guy and he’s dropped quite a bit of weight. Bringing him inside allows us to stay athletic on the edge and athletic on the inside and I thought our guys up front actually played pretty well.”
The usual No. 1 line featured Allen Carroll and Skyler Fancher at tackle. Matt Sedillo and Morgan Rosborough at guard and Mykenna Ikehara at center.
In other notes:
— Someone noted I didn’t mention Jake Locker so I’ll add that now. He was the No. 1 QB and said he felt close to 100 percent, saying the cold weather didn’t help but that he felt pretty good with the thumb. He said he was a little high on a few throws but overall was pleased with his day.
— The first RB to run with the offense was David Freeman though everyone got a lot of carries. The first WRs were D’Andre Goodwin, Devin Aguilar and Jermaine Kearse. Chris Polk was the second RB.
— The starting DL was Everrette Thompson and Darrion Jones at DE and Te’o-Nesheim and Cameron Elisara inside. The No. 2 unit was De’Shon Matthews and Kalani Aldrich at DE and Tyrone Duncan and Alameda Ta’amu at DT. Te’o-Nesheim also played some end, with Craig Noble at one point moving into the one unit with Te’o-Nesheim at end. Sarkisian said on Monday he intended to move Te’o-Nesheim around a bit this year.
— The starting LBs were Savannah, Donald Butler and Mason Foster.
— The starting CBs were Matt Mosley and Quinton Richardson and the safeties were Nate Williams and Johri Fogerson.
— One of the offensive starts was No. 2 TE Chris Izbicki who had a couple of nice catches over the middle.
— There didn’t appear to be any injuries and the only player who appeared not to take part in any part of practice was RB Terrance Dailey.
— The team will practice without pads against on Thursday and won’t get in full pads until Monday.
More later.

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