Aug 10, 2013 11:42 PM by Eric Burdick

Cal Poly completes first week of football practice

One week of football practice is in the books and fifth-year Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh is pleased with some areas and concerned about others.

"Our effort is great and the enthusiasm is great," Walsh said after the first double-session day of practice Saturday, "but our execution still has a ways to go.

"But with the attitude we have and all the returners we have, we will see improvement in our execution next week," Walsh added.

All eyes have been on the four-man quarterback battle and the decision on who replaces Andre Broadous as the Mustangs' signal caller in the season opener August 31 against the University of San Diego will be a tough one.

"All four quarterbacks came back better than in the spring," Walsh said, "and that will make the decision even more difficult. We have to take under consideration all the things we can capture, including video and on-field presence, and look at the big picture.

"They rotate one through four every day in practice," Walsh added. "We'll probably make a decision after next Saturday's scrimmage, and it is possible there will still be two in competition in the third week of practice."

The foursome includes junior Vince Moraga, who has the most Mustang experience at quarterback, along with sophomores Chris Brown and Air Force transfer Dano Graves, and redshirt freshman Tanner Trosin.

"I feel confident with all four of them," said Walsh. "Any one of them can still be our starter."

The Mustangs rest Sunday, returning to the second week of Fall Camp on Monday with single sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday and double sessions Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The lone scrimmage of Fall Camp is scheduled for Saturday morning on the upper field of the Cal Poly Sports Complex.

With 10 players on defense who started at least four games a year ago back on the field this fall, expectations are high. Only cornerback Nico Molino and linebacker Kennith Jackson are gone.

"We still have a ways to go on defense," said Walsh.

Among the younger players on the team, Walsh said true freshman wide receiver Cam Akins "has caught our eyes and could be on the field this fall" while redshirt freshmen Kori Garcia and Kevin Porche "are two slotbacks who have come a long way."

With Lefi Letuligasenoa, Giovanni Sani and Mike Freeman still recovering from injuries suffered in the 2012 season, numerous younger offensive linemen have been able to display their talents with the first and second strings at practice.

That group includes grayshirt Miles Williams, redshirt freshmen Nick Enriquez, Matt Fisher, Billy Shipman, Chris Sabo and Marvin Abou and sophomores E.J. Galvez, Weston Walker, Stephen Sippel and Tom Hickel.

Though Letuligasenoa, Sani and Freeman have been practicing in all but live drills and could be ready for the San Diego opener, sophomore Kyle Zottneck, who started the final 11 games of the 2012 season at left guard, likely will miss the 2013 season due to injury.

Junior wide receiver Willie Tucker (foot) and senior slotback Cole Stanford (ankle) were sidelined most of the week but could return to practice early next week.

The season opener against San Diego kicks off at 4:05 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.



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