The Bears practiced in helmets and shoulder pads again Thursday. Some of the highlights:
–Redshirt freshman Darian Hagan, one of a handful of candidates competing for a starting spot at cornerback, forced a fumble after Sean Young made a catch for a short gain during on seven-on-sevens. Linebacker Shea McIntyre recovered.
–Wide receiver Drew Glover made a highlight reel diving catch on a pass up the right sideline by freshman quarterback Brock Mansion. It drew oohs and aahs from his teammates, even as defensive backs coach R. Todd Littlejohn jokingly tried to make an argument that Glover was out of bounds.
–After pre-practice warm-ups, coach Jeff Tedford blew the whistle to signal the official start of practice. He wasn’t happy with the team’s enthusiasm, so he made his players return to where they came from and converge again. The players seemed a little more vocal on the second try.
–It’s early, but freshman running back Jahvid Best looks like he belongs. He hits the hole hard and with great burst.
–The Bears practice in full pads for the first time Friday. It should provide some good stuff to report.