Brewster Discusses Team's Injuries

Coach Brewster talked to the media about his banged up team as well as the up-and-coming freshmen who could be ready to step in and get playing time.

As reported earlier last week, defensive tackle Brandon Kirksey was walking around practice in a boot with a sprained ankle.

Coach Tim Brewster said, "He's not full speed yet. Again it's just an ankle sprain and it's not nothing that we feel like has any long range implications. We'll get him back soon enough."

Brewster explained that because of Kirksey's experience, he is not worried about Kirksey missing Saturday's scrimmage. Brewster went on to say, "He'll be ready to play on September the second."

Another player who has a bit of a nagging injury is redshirt freshman defensive end, Ra'Shede Hageman.

Brewster said that Hageman has a sprained ankle and went on to explain that his injury was almost done healing. "He's about done with it. I think he's about, you know, he's a little closer than Brandon [Kirksey]." Hageman, like Kirksey, should be ready to play against Middle Tennessee State.

Coach Brewster talked about how safety Kim Royston would not be a part of Saturday's scrimmage. Although Brewster hopes Royston will be back for the season opener, he explained how there are younger players who are ready to play if Royston is still out.

Brewster said, "We feel really good about our safeties." He went on to say, "I've talked about James Manuel and James has, you know, he has stayed with it on a daily basis. A lot of freshmen at this point get bogged down, they hit a wall. James is fighting through that."

Brewster seems to be very impressed with the freshman Manuel during the early parts of practice.

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