With that, the remaining three scholarship quarterbacks took all the reps Saturday. Rakeem Cato had a big throw or two - surprise, surprise - including a slant to Craig Wilkins for a touchdown and a few good tosses to Tommy Shuler.
He shed his shoulder pads before the end, yielding the field to Blake Frohnapfel and Gunnar Holcombe. It was Holcombe, the redshirted freshman, who threw the pass of the day.
Operating from about the 23-yard line of the defense, he fired a missile between defenders into the hands of a lunging Chris Alston Jr. for the touchdown.
It would have made a highlight reel, yes, but it was a throw fraught with danger.
"Probably wasn't the best read, but I saw him and just tried to fit it in a window and it ended up working out," Holcombe said. "I guess I had a little confidence there."
The throw showed that Holcombe doesn't lack velocity, but that quality can work against you. With Anderson arriving, this is an important time for Holcombe to learn when to ease off the gas and to keep his adrenaline in check.
"Just try to stay calm and poised and not try to rush," he said. "I know the reads, but sometimes getting out there, it's moving so fast. I've got to slow down a little bit."
While Holcombe made the throw of the day, Shuler turned in the play of the day.
Starting from about midfield, the play began routinely enough as he took a Cato throw and picked up perhaps 10 yards up the left sideline. But he planted his left foot and reversed field, using the entire width of the field.
With Cato leading the way (trust this: he was neither hitting nor being hit), Shuler nearly scored.
"I didn't know he could run that fast," Holliday joked. "[Receivers] Coach [Mike] Furrey has been working a little bit with his speed development."
The update on linebacker Kent Turene, who injured his ankle Thursday: He stands to miss most of the rest of spring, if not all.
"Anytime you get an ankle [injury], it's going to be a couple of weeks or so. We'll see; he'll be fine," Holliday said.
Saturday's workout was MU's sixth of 15, with three more scheduled in the upcoming week. Start times are 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and next Saturday's 9:15 a.m. practice will be an officiated scrimmage, with Big Green members and season-ticket holders invited. In the latter case, a renewal application is sufficient for entry.
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