Junior defensive tackle Justin Mincey missed three weeks of practice while waiting for some issues with the NCAA to be cleared up. Just as he expected, he is now good to go and feels great about getting back with the team finally. The time missed will hurt him and it is obvious to his position coach Odell Haggins, that there is some catching up to be done.
"Rusty, Haggins said of how Mincey has looked at practice. "He's been about for a while. No two-a-days for him while the other guys have been out here for two and a half weeks. You can definitely see he has fresh legs though."
Although he knows there is work to do, Mincey is convinced that his hard work on his own has left him in good shape and mainly needs to work on mechanics as he feels he is in great shape.
"I'm feeling good right now. I'm about 90 percent to where I need to be physically," Mincey said.
"Right now the biggest thing for me is catching back up on technique," the Georgia native said. "I just need to keep working with my hands and all the technical things."
Although shorthanded, spirits remain high on the defensive front. Depth will definitely be an issue but Mincey is convinced that he and his unit will be ready to play no matter what. "We're going to hold up real good. We have a lot of heart and are going to make to we come to play."
With suspensions and a recent injury to Emmanuel Dunbar, any help is good help at the defensive tackle position. Coach Haggins couldn't be happier to get a veteran leader back at the position to help out heading into the final week of preparation for the Seminoles.
"It's a blessing to have him back out here encouraging the younger guys and helping them out."