Some notes and highlights from Thursday’s practice…
Collectively, the team really does look bigger, stronger and just better. Is this the year they turn the corner? We’ll see.
“This is the best camp here since I’ve been part of team,” said RB Tyler Varga, now a senior. “Faster than ever. More mature. Guys are really starting to come together. With everyone having one more year of experience, we’re just going to be more dangerous.”
Coming back from a foot injury, Varga seemed fine on Thursday. Look for a feature on him soon.
Moving over from right guard, Luke Longinotti seems to have a firm hold on the center position.
“Right now,” Reno said, “He’s solidified that position.”
Captain Deon Randall pointed out WR Myles Gaines, DB Foye Oluokun and LB Darius Manora are some of the players that have really improved coming into camp. He also said WR Mike Siragusa (6-3, 205) has come in as a freshman and has really been a presence on the outside.
RB Khalil Keys is another name that comes up among his teammates.
“He looks more confident and fluid,” Varga said.
And pretty much anyone at Yale camp has been impressed with the progression of Morgan Roberts, who, along with many of his teammates, are sporting a new-look mustache for camp. Randall says Roberts has a better understanding of the offense and looks comfortable.
“It’s the best I’ve ever seen him throw the ball,” Varga said. “He’s hitting everyone on their breaks. His timing is looking great with his receivers.”
Toward the end of practice, Roberts completed five straight passes on a drive, including three to WR Grant Wallace who made a great diving catch down the right sideline. Roberts said he loves Wallace and it has showed.
Again, Varga seemed fine bursting through holes and popping up quickly after getting hit.
Freshman QB Rafe Chapple also made some strong throws early on.
Freshman LB Matt Oplinger and DE Karl Marback looked good on the defensive side.
And for what it’s worth, DB Roger Kilgore and Michael West came up with INTs during Thursday’s practice.