Gophers fall camp Day 13: Freshman CB Jalen Myrick gaining notice
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Notes and observations from Day 13 of Gophers fall camp
• Coach Jerry Kill came away pleased after the Gophers' second scrimmage of fall camp on Thursday, while still acknowledging his team's inconsistencies and obvious areas in need of tweaking.
The Gophers ran through various scenarios in the situational scrimmage -- two-minute drill, hurry-up offense, clock management, etc -- and mixed in several elements from the kicking game.
"We put some guys in some tough positions, put some heat on some guys to see how they handled things," Kill said. "I think both sides had their moments. I'm anxious to see the film."
• Thursday was a chance for the coaching staff to get a look at some of the younger players with the first and second team offenses/defenses. The scrimmage was not opened to the public or media, but Kill gave a brief rundown on a few highlights.
Freshman running back Berkley Edwards didn't have any 70-yard romps like Saturday, but he pulled off a few solid burst runs.
Kill mentioned freshman quarterback/wide receiver Donovahn Jones and sophomore receiver Andre McDonald both had nice catches off deep passes.
• Kill said the defense performed well, coming up with several interceptions.
• Cornerback Jalen Myrick has just started joining the crew of freshmen and newcomers who are getting elevated buzz from the coaching staff. Myrick, a freshman from Bloomingdale, Ga., is breaking into the cornerback rotation, getting reps at nickel. Kill highlighted a near-interception-pick-six Myrick had on the goal line during the scrimmage.
"He can really run. He's very powerful," Kill said. "He's a little bit green learning what to do, but he's a lot like (sophomore) Eric Murray was a year ago and Eric Murray has become a really good player. They're very similar as far as the learning curve."
• Sophomore K.J. Maye is a guy to watch for on offense. He reminded onlookers of such in Saturday's scrimmage, proving to be very active in the passing game. He again gained recognition Thursday, catching Limegrover's eye in practice.
"K.J Maye continues to make plays, slow and steady progress from him, which is great because he's becoming consistent," Limegrover said.
• Berkley Edwards is among the players being looked at for punt and kick returns. Kill doesn't expect a decision to be made on his return man for at least another week.
• Receivers Logan Hutton and Victor Keise also made Limegrover's short list of players who impressed Thursday.
• Cornerback Derrick Wells (shoulder) and Brock Vereen (knee) were held out of the scrimmage, as they were on Saturday as well. This was again only a precautionary move to keep their injuries from becoming long-term issues.
• Tight end Lincoln Plsek, who has been in an orange non-contact jersey, and freshman linebacker De'Niro Laster (knee) also did not play. Tight end Alex Bisch is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
• Freshman receiver Drew Wolitarsky is currently being hindered by a tight hamstring, which has kept him out of practice. Kill is hoping to have the California native back some time next week, but in the meantime Wolitarsky is falling back in the competition at wide receiver.
• Senior receiver Derrick Engel is nursing a tight hamstring as well. He participated in the scrimmage but was closely monitored.