Arizona Wildcats spring practice No. 2: Receivers Berryhill, Joiner stand out; LB Mourning returns

Receiver Stanley Berryhill III stretches out to try to haul in a a throw as the University of Arizona continues with their spring season, Tucson, Ariz., March 25, 2021.

Michael Lev Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats conducted their second practice of spring on a blustery Thursday afternoon. Here are some notes and takeaways from the workout:

* The wind was howling throughout practice and seemed to affect a handful of passes, especially when the offense was going south to north. Several passes got batted down during the first 11-on-11 session, including one by defensive end Jalen Harris.

Stanley Berryhill III and Jamarye Joiner were the standouts among the receiver group. Both made a ton of plays. Berryhill rebounded after some drops during one-on-ones.

* Receiver Jalen Johnson had a highlight play during one-on-ones, snatching a deep pass down the right sideline despite McKenzie Barnes having tight coverage.

Christian Roland-Wallace was by far the most handsy, physical cornerback, although it’s possible some those tactics would be flagged during a game.

Jaxen Turner intercepted Will Plummer during 7-on-7 on a ball that was overthrown with the wind. Plummer had the best day among the QBs, though, including a big gain to tight end Alex Lines on a crossing route during 11-on-11.

* Tight end Stacey Marshall made a nice catch in traffic, after which he turned and ran through the secondary into the north end zone.

* Linebacker Derick Mourning participated fully after working mostly on the side Tuesday. He lined up with the first-team defense at one of the inside-LB positions.

* Tailback Michael Wiley also was a full participant after splitting time between field reps and side work Tuesday.

* Tailback Drake Anderson continued to display quick feet and shiftiness. Anderson, Wiley and Jalen John have gotten the most RB reps.

* Defensive tackle Aaron Blackwell and linebacker Anthony Pandy continued to work on the side, as did defensive backs Isaiah Mays and Rhedi Short.

* Coach Jedd Fisch said he’s moving Saturday’s practice up an hour, to 10 a.m., so he can catch a flight to San Antonio for the UA women’s basketball team’s NCAA Tournament game against Texas A&M. That practice will be the first one conducted in full pads.