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Minnesota Thursday Practice: Notes

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With a plane to catch in mere minutes, we don't have much time to talk.

  • Turnovers again flowed freely, which is a good sign for the defense.  Deflections and tips in the secondary led to picks, so look for the Trojans to be more active in that department.
  • Blake Ayles made one of the highlight catches of practice.  The talented tight end is still figuring out how to maximize his potential.  "You've got to come out and work hard and push yourself to get better," TE coach Keary Colbert said on Ayles fulfilling his promise.  "It's about taking advantage of the time you've got out there and making plays."
  • Jordan Cameron is still listed as limited, but he looks good to go for Saturday coming off two strong games.  "Being that this is his first significant time and action at playing tight end, he's done a good job of picking up the nuances and assignments," Colbert said of Cameron.  "He can only go one way at this position starting from where he started at."
  • The tight end unit has provided surprising production from a group that was not highlighted much coming into the season.  Starter Rhett Ellison had a TD catch against Hawaii and then Cameron followed suit versus Virginia.  "Overall, I appreciate their effort," Colbert said.  "They've been working their tails off and that's the main thing that we ask for.  They've done a tremendous job of playing hard and playing fast."





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Why don't you give your starters a break once in awhile? Our linemen were "gassed" that hawaii player said.

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