Stockton and Malone.
Montana and Rice.
SpongeBob and Patrick.
The latest successful duo is quarterback Cole McDonald and slotback Cedric Byrd.
During today’s 7-on-7, red-zone session, McDonald and Byrd collaborated on three consecutive touchdown plays. A fourth touchdown was denied when linebacker Paul Scott soared to deflect McDonald’s pass to a wide-open Byrd.
The Warriors have had speedy receivers. They’ve had precise route runners. But Byrd is a blend of speed, precision and really sure hands.
Also of note from today’s eighth practice of spring training:
> In team drills, the defense forced turnovers on the first two possessions — safety Kalen Hicks’ leaping interception, and Penei Pavihi’s fumble recovery.
> Another safety, Damario Mclean, broke up a pass aimed at slotback Dakota Torres. It appears Mclean has made a big defensive play every practice it has rained, which means he has made a big play every practice.
> Because of old age and … um, uh … because of old age, I keep forgetting to mention Justice Augafa is in the mix at running back. Augafa is making the transition from rover, where he practiced before redshirting last year.
> No, powerbacks Hekili Keliiliki, Dayton Furuta and Kaiwi Chung are more than just dive runners. This run-and-shoot is a full-service offense, and backs — even big backs — can be found roaming the flats and sprinting to the edges.
> From two different motions, Stan Gaudion launched punts of 55 and 50 yards.
> Byrd, Augafa, Tristin Kamaka, Akil Francisco and Rojesterman Farris II are among the candidates to return punts.