Coach Al Golden had high praise for Jake Heaps on Thursday, who again took the majority of reps with the first team at quarterback. Freshman Brad Kaaya also received work with the ones.
“Just a complete understanding, poise, experience, very coachable, not an error-repeater,” Golden said of Heaps. “Anything you correct, he gets fixed. Pleasure to work with right now.”
Told by a reporter Heaps seems to be making the extra effort to connect with his offensive line and teammates, Golden responded: “He’s that kind of guy. Glad he’s here. Mature, grateful, and doing a great job trying to bring it all together for us.”
Although he overthrew the speedy Stacy Coley and Phillip Dorsett on a pair of long passes, Heaps had several highlights Thursday, including a 9-yard touchdown pass during 11-on-11s.
His most impressive throw was to sophomore Malcolm Lewis. Heaps showed nice touch on a corner route, delivering a perfect pass over the safety for a 30-yard gain.• Freshman running back Joseph Yearby missed Wednesday's practice because he was sick the night before. Yearby was back at practice Thursday. “We were prudent with him,” Golden said. “We held him out. We didn’t like where he was at at 2 o’clock, we held him out. That’s it. I’m moving on.”