Saturday Football Practice Notes

Notes and news from Saturday's football practice.

  • Uniforms - The players were wearing shells yesterday, which is shoulder pads and other upper body pads.

  • Injuries: Six players wore red cross jerseys during Saturday's practice: WR Will Prosser, Tight end/fullback Dezmond Sherrod, LB Gabe O'Neal, WR Tay Bowser (injured his hamstring during Friday's practice), OL Calvin Wilson, OL James Redmond. One player wore a yellow jersey, Keon Humphries. The red cross jersey players were only able to watch practice and do rehab work on the sidelines. Humphries was able to practice, but was limited in what he could do.

  • Missing From Practice: OL Anthony Strauder missed practice due to a family funeral.

  • OL Depth Chart: 1st Team offensive line - LT Brian Anderson, LG Johnny Wadley, C Chris McNeil, RG Johnny Carpenter (in place of Strauder), RT Avery House. 2nd Team - LT Michael Gates, LG Anthony Dunning, C Royce Blackledge, RG Dio Herrera, RT Roland Terry. 3rd Team - LT Chris Spencer, LG No one, C Daniel Kennedy (a walk-on transfer), RG Craig Jenkins, RT Erik Watkins. With the move to first-team, Carpenter was wearing a maroon jersey.

  • Oklahoma Drill: For the first time, the OL and DL were able to go one-on-one against each other. Overall, it was about 50/50 with neither side of the line dominating the other. Guys who stood out: O-linemen Craig Jenkins, Brian Anderson, Johnny Wadley, Johnny Carpenter and Roland Terry. What was impressive about Jenkins, and Carpenter were who they did well against. Jenkins, the offensive lineman I was most impressed with, beat strongman Avery Hannibal. I have rarely seen anyone beat Hannibal. Although he didn't beat him, Carpenter held veteran D-lineman Deljuan Robinson to a standstill. Tight ends Jason Husband and Eric Butler were 100%. Husband took down freshman DL Quinton Wesley, while Butler beat senior DE Willie Evans back-to-back. Coach Croom even made a comment about Butler, saying that maybe they need to take the green jersey off of him. The green jersey designates a player as a backup. The defensive linemen that did well included Andrew Powell, Titus Brown and Michael Heard. Powell dominated the three offensive linemen he faced off against.

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