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August 23, 2012

Wednesday's action

At Wednesday's practice the battle for the starting tailback position and the backup quarterback spot were on full display.

Jesse Callier and Bishop Sankey continue to be the two backs vying for the starting running back position on the depth chart. Earlier in the week, it looked as if Callier may have had an edge on Sankey. During Monday's first team reps, Callier appeared to be carrying the ball more frequently whereas Sankey was being used more as a receiver.

However, on Tuesday both backs split the carries fairly evenly, and the same was true on Wednesday. At practice, Callier exhibited great vision and ran through the holes the offensive line created for him. Sankey on the other hand showed more speed on the field and was quicker getting in-and-out of his cuts.

At this point, it doesn't seem to be clear which back will be the starter at the team's home opener against San Diego State on September 1st. The remaining week and a half of camp will no doubt be very competitive between Callier and Sankey.

Interestingly, Willis Wilson has been in the mix with Callier and Sankey too, but isn't in the race for the top running back spot. Erich Wilson II has also drawn a little of the coaching staff's attention as he's found a way to get past the defense several times during drills this week.

Fullback Jonathon Amosa has been great in practice too, and continues to block well regardless of who is in at tailback.

Another major battle during camp has been the competition for backup quarterback, behind Keith Price. The two frontrunners are Derrick Brown and freshman Cyler Miles. Neither has really separated himself from the other and both took snaps with the second and third team offense. At one point Brown was nearly intercepted by Brandon Beaver on a short pass attempt.

A few minutes later, he overthrew a receiver and was easily picked off by safety Sean Parker. When Miles came in though, Parker continued to play aggressively. On one attempt, Miles threw to a receiver on a slant route and Parker locked in on the pass. If it hadn't been for a thrown flag, Miles would have been intercepted as well.


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