The injuries have begun to mount, and most of them seem to be concentrated at wide receiver. Add David Thompson to the list that previously included Willie Hordge, Chris Baker and Carlos Ousley.
Thompson, redshirt freshman from
Memphis, suffered what appered to be a serious knee injury in a full contact
segment of practice while blocking for a screen pass.
"We don't know how
bad it is, but it looked to be a serious injury," Houston Nutt said after
practice. "He got rolled up pretty good on the screen. That's tough because he'd
really been playing well."
Wideout coach James Shibest also was wincing
after practice over Thompson's injury.
"I don't worry too much about the
other (injuries)," he said. "They are hammies and those guys will be back.
David's looked different. I don't feel so good about that one. I really hurt for
him because of the kinda camp he was having. He was off to a great
Trainers said Thompson would have to undergo an MRI before
complete results would be known.
Ousley, Hordge and Baker all missed
their second straight day because of sore hamstrings.
"You don't know
when they'll get back," Shibest said. "It could be three days or three weeks
with a hamstring."
Cedric Washington moved from quarterback to wideout to
help with the depth, and had an outstanding day.
"He looked great out
there and made a lot of nice catches," Nutt said. "He's a guy who can really
However, Washington will still get some snaps at quarterback in
preseason since he's the third teamer behind Matt Jones and Ryan
"If something happens to those two, then Cedric is next in
line," Nutt said. "Our young ones aren't ready yet."
Roy Wittke, the
quarterback coach, said the staff would meet Friday night on how to split
Washington's meeting and practice time between wideout and
"You never know, Cedric might have been at wideout for just
one day," Wittke said.
The defensive line had a couple of players fall
out Friday, the first day in full pads. Chase Pressley sustained a pulled
hamstring early in the day and spent the rest of the morning on an exercise
bike. Reggie Banks was helped off the field after middle drill with
After five days of single practices, the Hogs will have two
workouts on Saturday. The afternoon drill, scheduled for 3:30 p.m., will include
the first major scrimmage of the fall.
"It gets a little tougher (with
two workouts) tomorrow," Nutt said. "We've thrown a lot at them ... really the
whole (play)book. And, now we'll back off on what we add. We will try to get the
"The scrimmage won't be much for guys like Clarke Moore and
Caleb Miller, our starters that have played. We want to see the guys like James
Johnson, Desmond Sims, Jayson Johnson and a lot of the freshman. We want to see
what guys are ready to help us in games and see what they know."
Allen, secondary coach, continued to praise senior Tony Bua for his work at free
"What has to happen now is for me to back off the field and see
what they know without me standing behind them and telling them what they see,"
Allen said. "Tony knows it, I think. But, I'm going to be a long way from him
during games (in the press box). I can't help him. So far, I feel good because
he is seeing the same things I'm seeing and he is starting to play really
"What we have to do is make sure we have another guy ready at free
safety. We are looking to see if Lorienzon Robinson or Vickiel Vaughn know it,
too. With the way Tony plays, you know there are going to be times that he hurts
himself. He is trying to knock someone out and there will be times he knocks
himself out. He had all kinds of injuries last year, so we need another guy
Larence Richardson (1) and Batman Carroll work on a tackling drill.
Jeremy Harrell (97) tries to find the ball carrier.
John Johnson tries to escape Jayson Johnson (93) in middle drill.
Dan Doughty is covered with sweat after a workout.
Bobby Allen goes over a drill with Tony Bua.
Mike Markuson demonstrates technique.
Photos by Clay Henry
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