Patterson liked the intensity his squad showed during Wednesday’s morning practice, and the Frogs are doing emphasis periods on New Mexico every day.
Patterson continues to stress limiting turnovers on offense and getting more takeaways on defense to his team, especially as they work on going up against New Mexico’s defense and defending the Lobos’ offense.
“We’re doing a lot better job of giving each other a look, and, more importantly, I like the way the scout team [is improving],” Patterson said. “They’ve done a lot better job.”
While the defense was working against a scout of New Mexico’s offense, Tekerrein Cuba and Rafael Priest each had interceptions and Greg McCoy had a nice pass breakup on a long ball up the sidelines.
With backup quarterback Marcus Jackson’s shoulder a little sore, freshman Yogi Gallegos practiced mostly with the second team Wednesday morning.
“We’ve got to get him ready anyway,” Patterson said.
Gallegos did most of the throwing after Jackson took some reps early, and one of his highlights was a nice touch on a long pass to Jonathan Jones that was covered well by Greg McCoy. He also threw a couple of interceptions, though.
“It’s hard to be a freshman quarterback,” Patterson said.
*Ryan Christian burned Evan Kern twice deep during one-on-one drills. Kern later had an interception.
*Tomorrow’s paper will include a position analysis of the safeties.
-- Mercedes Mayer