* Deon Bush has been getting work at safety. He signed with Miami as a four-star cornerback prospect but when Ray Ray Armstrong was removed from the team, it created some depth issues at the safety spot and Bush was the most likely of the incoming freshmen to be moved there. At 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, he has the necessary size to play there. He's listed at strong safety, behind Vaughn Telemaque, and that probably makes more sense than playing free (behind Kacy Rodgers) since Bush's ball skills were never considered his strong suit in high school. Either way, he has the athletic ability and the IQ to earn some early playing time at the safety position.
* Stephen Morris pointed out today that Herb Waters and D'Mauri Jones have been the most impressive of the freshman receivers. It probably doesn't mean much -- especially after just a few practices -- but the two more likely answers would have been Malcolm Lewis (because of his football IQ and great route-running skills) and Robert Lockhart (because he played a year of higher level football at the prep school level). Jones has ideal size and if he can catch on quickly, he could find a key role in the offense this season. Waters is just a flat out football player. He's very competitive. He played all over the field in high school but never really settled in playing just receiver -- something he's doing now. He could really take off in his development.
* Jimmy Gaines is still limited with an injury. He began fall camp as the projected starter at sam linebacker so his lack of practice is likely giving redshirt freshman Eddie Johnson a good opportunity to showcase his skills. Gaines has the size (6-3/235) and experience that those on the second unit don't have yet so getting him back in action will be important. We'll continue to monitor Gaines's status as the first scrimmage gets closer.