"But he threw the ball good. For a guy who it's his very first practice here, I thought he did good. I'm not judging specific throws or checks or anything like that. I'm just watching them operate - getting signals and communicating them to the O-line and then executing the play so that it resembles football. And I thought he did all right there.''
So what is it that Holgorsen will ultimately look for in Trickett and the others? Presence. He said he saw that from all three on Thursday.
"You throw a guy in there that's taking snaps in our offense for the first time, and if there's hesitation and panic and nervousness and lack of communication and all that stuff, then we've got a little bit of an issue,'' Holgorsen said of Trickett. "I knew he would handle that well. It's not something that I'm concerned with with him.
"Ford and Paul possess that calmness right now too because they understand what's going on around them. I think Clint can get in the mix to be the guy because he has that in his personality.''
Junior college linebacker D'Vante Henry was also missing, but Holgorsen said that was because of personal issues. With 102 players in camp, there is room for all three within the 105-player NCAA limit.
Holgorsen said there was no doubt that Lambert would be the team's kicker, thus there was no need to bring anyone else in and take up a spot on the 105-man roster. When the roster is expanded once classes begin, someone else might compete for the kickoff specialist's job.
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