PROVO — It should have been an easy guess who Riley Nelson would find in the back of the endzone for his first pass during team drills. With Cody Hoffman taking a full set of reps for the first time since his suspension he made his presence known immediately — scoring from 20 yards out on the very first play.
“He actually wasn’t my first read on that play,” said Nelson. “It was a busted coverage and I didn’t even think about it, but yeah, it sort of makes a lot of sense that my first pass went to him in the endzone.”
Nelson and Hoffman have been joined at the hip since Nelson took over the starting quarterback reigns and that likely won’t be changing any time soon.
“Everything just flows better when Cody is out there,” said Nelson. “It’s been great working with all these younger guys and they’ve made a lot of progress, but it’s always nice to have your top guys available. Now we just need to get Ross (Apo) and Marcus (Mathews) back and we’ll be able to really get going.”
Mathews has been ill and Apo has been a bit banged up, but both are expected to return to practice shortly.
Overall the team is happy where its at after eight practice sessions. The vibe was positive following Thursday’s scrimmage and that continued after players and coaches broke down the film.
“We obviously made some mistakes, but we’re happy with what we accomplished during the scrimmage,” said Nelson. “Watching what we did kind of confirmed what we though and I think we’re right on schedule.”
-The team practiced its “bluezone” execution today with Nelson thriving from twenty yards in. Nelson went 7-9 for 65 yards and two touchdown passes. Hoffman caught TD passes of 20 and 10 yards with Mitch Mathews scoring from 10 yards out.
-Nelson had one of his passes picked off by safety Craig Bills
-James Lark went 1-3 for eight yards. Taysom Hill went 2-3 for 12 yards.