Fall Camp: Day 8 AM Practice Report

With the first scrimmage of the fall one day away, the freshmen and varsity joined up for the first of two practices set for Friday.

The media was allowed to observe for three, five-minute sessions during the morning workout.

The main story out of camp this week continued to be the injury bug. On Friday morning, Perry Riley, Jacob Cutrera, Tajh Jones, Josh Downs, Clay Spencer and Trindon Holliday were missing from action. After missing time on Thursday, Tyler Edwards, Cordian Hagans and Alex Hurst were back in action.

Edwards was wearing a green non-contact jersey and was back working with the tight ends group. Defensive linemen Chancey Aghayere and Lavar Edwards, both of whom were dressed in green on Wednesday, were back in purple jerseys.

The quarterbacks worked in their normal group of Jordan Jefferson, Jarrett Lee, Chris Garrett, Russell Shepard and TC McCartney.

The running backs were (in order) Charles Scott, Keiland Williams, Richard Murphy, Stevan Ridley, Mike Ford and Drayton Calhoun. The fullbacks were (in order) Richard Dugas, Dominique Allen, Patrick Lipoma and James Stampley.

All receivers were accounted for, and Terrance Toliver – who was in green on Thursday – was back in a white jersey.

Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and tight ends coach Don Yanowsky broke their units into groups, working the tackles and tight ends out with a focus on getting to the second level with each block. Ciron Black and Mitch Joseph worked on the left side of the line, while Joe Barksdale and Richard Dickson worked on the right side.

PJ Lonergan and T-Bob Hebert worked in and out of the center spot, with Alex Hurst getting reps at right guard and Will Blackwell taking reps at left guard.

The defensive line worked on the sleds before moving into groups (tackles and ends). The pairs on the sleds were Chancey Aghayere/Mike Brockers, Drake Nevis/Al Woods, Pep Levingtson/Rahim Alem, Charles Alexander/Akiem Hicks, Dennis Johnson/Lavar Edwards, Chase Clement/Sam Montgomery, Bennie Logan/Chris Davenport and Jonathon Nixon/Montgomery.

When split into groups, Hicks worked out against Johnson/Logan, while Nevis worked out against Davenport/Alexander. Hicks is certainly making his impact felt early, and it seems that assistant Joe Robinson wants to get him into the defensive fold in a hurry. Nevis and Woods should get the start, but Hicks is definitely one to watch coming off the bench. The JUCO pick-up has the body to make things happen in a hurry.

With Cutrera and Riley gone from the linebacker group, defensive coordinator John Chavis worked out Harry Coleman on the right side and Ryan Baker on the left. Kelvin Sheppard filled in for Cutrera in the middle.

Secondary coach Ron Cooper worked out Pat Peterson and Jai Eugene at corner for the second day in a row, with Chris Hawkins getting the reps from the third slot. Brandon Taylor was back at strong safety, with Chad Jones at free safety.

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