Coleman in Yellow Today
Running back Duane Coleman was back at practice on Monday, but he is still not expected to be back in a regular season game until later in the season.
Head coach Tommy Bowden said after practice that Coleman dressed out in shorts and shoulder pads, but went through no live drills.
"He's a hard working guy and football is very important to him," said Bowden. "But I'd say it would be hard for him to get back before the third game."
While Coleman continues to be out for the immediate future, the three remaining running backs continue to split time in the backfield.
"All three are getting equal work," said Bowden. "Yusef is probably the starter, but he could still lose that. He probably would be the starter right now though."
Offensive Line Depth Chart
The first team of the Tigers' offensive line looks like this headed into Saturday's game: LT: Jesse Pickens, RT: Marion Dukes, LG: Cedric Johnson, RG: Nathan Bennett, and C: Tommy Sharpe.
"They are the starters today," Bowden said after practice. "We've still got three more days of practice. Somebody could go out there Thursday and blow some assignments and that would jeopardize a couple of positions."
Bowden wouldn't call Chip Myrick "out" for Saturday's game against Wake Forest. Roman Fry is expected to see significant time at right guard, and could be in the game as soon as the second series.
Bowden said that both Jad Dean and Stephen Furr made all of their kicks today at practice and called the battle even...Bowden said he's probably announce his decision on the starting placekicker before the game Saturday...Roman Fry is expected to play at right guard on Saturday, but could play left tackle or left guard should things fall apart...Kelvin Grant and Eric Sampson were back at practice today...Vontrell Jamison is expected to play Saturday in a limited capacity...Bowden also said after practice today that three of his players "took the dunk," meaning that Anthony Waters, Kelvin Grant, and Bobby Hutchinson have all been baptized during the last two weeks.
The Tigers will hold practice again tomorrow afternoon in preparation for Saturday's season opener against Wake Forest. All practices are closed to the general public.
Monday Evening Practice Report
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