"I didn't have a vote," McGee said. "It's always good when a quarterback is elected by his teammates, but he's in a competition. It shows the players respect him and he did a good job of leading when the coaches were not around this summer."
Wilson and the rest of the offense were not on all cylinders in Thursday's opening workout, but things seemed to fall into place a little more as the searing heat returned for Friday's second day of fall camp.
There seemed to be more polish in both workouts Friday, starting with the newcomers 90-minute session in the afternoon a little before 3 p.m. when the heat was soaring near 100. There had been cooler temperatures in Thursday's opening two workouts. But it was scorching for the newcomers and then the veterans in the 6:30 p.m. workout.
Those hot evening temperatures might have been contributed to an early exit by defensive tackle Robert Thomas. The big juco transfer went to the cool tent before the end and then to the locker room for the final 30 minutes.
The other major question from Thursday's first workout centered on wide receiver Greg Childs, coming back from knee surgery for a torn patella tendon in his knee. Head coach Bobby Petrino said Childs seemed to de-accelerate coming in and out of breaks on Thursday. Childs seemed more fluid Friday.
"I thought Greg was better," McGee said. "He's coming off major surgery. He just has to keep practicing to regain that confidence. We checked him out. He's fine."
McGee said the pleasant surprise through two days of workouts has been fullback Kiero Small, the bowling ball of a fullback from the junior college ranks.
"Kiero has been a suprise," McGee said. "He's learning the offense and he hasn't made a lot of mental mistakes. He did make one or two mistakes today. (Running backs coach) Tim Horton has done a good job teaching him. Knile Davis and Ronnie Wingo spent a lot of time this summer helping him, too."
Most of the other questions McGee fielded were about the offensive line after the Hogs lost both starting tackles to graduation. He said it's not just a matter of putting together a line. He said moving the football is about putting together an entire unit.
"It's a process," he said. "Offense, you need all 11 clicking at the same time. You have to understand chemistry.
"But we have high standards. We expect to perform at a high level.
"The offensive line, we have good kids. They have good attitudes and they work their tail off. We have really big, athletic and strong players. The problem is that we have some that haven't been in our offense. We've thrown a lot at them. We will throw a lot out of them in these first four days in our installations. We'll see what they can do and then we'll go back and install it again after we see what sticks."
McGee fielded questions about the cross training Brey Cook is getting in the line. Cook worked at tackle in the spring after arriving on campus at mid-term. But he's getting looks at weak tackle and guard during camp.
"We knew he was talented," McGee said. "We think he has the ability to play both. The best part about these first few practices, it's all about building chemistry."
Cook is working with returning lettermen Grant Cook at weak guard, along with Jason Peacock at weak tackle. It's a learning experience for Brey Cook, since he's been a tackle all of his football career. But he is glad he got a heavy dose of the offense in the spring.
"It's different going down at guard because the only time I played there was during the All-American game," Brey Cook said. "It's a new experience. I like it. I want to be able to go out there and play tackle and guard. That helps my chance in getting out on the field. The more positions I know, the more chances I have to get out there on the field.
"(The spring) helped me so much," Cook said. "You have Mitch (Smothers) and Marcus (Danenhauer) and all the new guys out here and you can see – while they are great athletes – you can tell they are having to learn the plays and what to do. It's tough and that's something I was able to get out of the way this spring."
Grant Cook said it's an exciting competition.
"It's great for us," Grant Cook said. "Brey is athletic and he's doing a heckuva job. I think he can play anywhere in the offensive line. I think he's one of those big fellas that you need down inside at guard."
Grant Cook said the offensive line is just trying to answer the challenge that comes from Chris Klenakis. He said the motivation from the line coach is the same every day. There aren't any thoughts about the line being the unit that could be the team's question mark.
"I think he is challenging us every day to get better," Cook said of his position coach. "Whether we are the best or the worst is not something that's discussed. We are the union. That's our theme. We are the part of the team that grabs everyone else and pulls them along. That's our focus. We have leadership in our group and we are going to compete.
"We talk every day, every practice and throughout the practice about getting mismatches for our team and winning. That's what we do for our offense. We are going to compete and that's what Coach Klenakis asks us to do every step of the way, whether it's the start or the end of practice."
Offensive tackle Jason Peacock said his assigned reporting weight from coaches for fall camp was 320 pounds. He hit it on the button.
"I guess it's been two years since I've been this light," he said. "It's a good thing because it's been hot. And maybe with this heat, I'll probably be a little lighter in a few days."
There has been speculation that Peacock would move to guard since he's got a massive body. But he's light on his feet and contented to stay at tackle.
"The coaches have said all along I'd be a tackle and be at weak," he said. "I like it. I like being out there on the edge by myself. I think that's perfect for me."...
With plenty of defensive linemen in the newcomers group and perhaps a little bit of a shortage in the offensive line, coaches cross trained one of the freshmen. Grady Ollison worked at both defensive end and offensive tackle during portions of Friday's early practice....
The team will meet the media early Saturday. Head coach Bobby Petrino along with his coordinators will address the state's sportswriters and sportscasters a little after 8 a.m. Players will take their turn with the media around 10 a.m. There are two afternoon practices planned, but there will be no media access after either one since all coaches and players are available in the morning....
Alvin Bailey is one of the leaders of the offensive line.
Brey Cook is working at tackle and guard.
Greg Childs (85) and Jarius Wright work with the ball machine.
Jason Peacock reported at 320 pounds, down from his weight in the spring.
Elton Ford is trimmer this fall.
Joe Adams prepares for a throw.
Keante Minor looks in a pass.
Offensive line coach Chris Klenakis tutors the young linemen in the early workout.
Bobby Petrino watches the early workout.
Quinta Funderburk has filled out a little since arriving as a skinny colt in the spring.
Photos by Marc F. Henning, Hawgs Illustrated