Evening practice on August 8th did not hold very many surprises.
Ronald Curry looked sharp on this muggy evening, completing four of six in the full contact scrimmages open to the media. He even drew praise from Coach Gary Tranquill on one occasion, who exclaimed "Beau-ti-ful!" after one of Curry's throws in the seven-on-seven drills. Tranquill is not known for his effusive praise of players during practice.
Curry had several crisp completions in the seven-on-seven drills, including a deep ball to Sam Aiken and another to Chesley Borders.
Doug Brown had a catch for a touchdown during the redzone drills that had Coach Andre Powell leaping off the turf.
Willie Parker appears to be gaining the upper hand as the starter at tail back. Many expected Andre' Williams to challenge for this spot, and even though Williams will see lots of PT, based on last evening Parker looks to be the solid number one at that spot. Parker had three nice runs of about twenty yards.
With Will Chapman sitting out practice as a preventive measure [due to banging up his shoulder in the morning practice] Donti Coats got a lot of snaps with the first team defensive line.
It appears that Jocques Dumas will not redshirt, but will instead see a lot of action at defensive end. Dumas lined up in several 5-2 sets with the second team, with Clarence Gaddy and Robert Harris as the linebackers.
Speaking of true freshmen that have a chance to play, there are a couple of surprises. Though it is far from a done deal, both Harry Lewis and Chris Hawkins look like they have a chance to play this year. The staff appears to be experimenting with Lewis in a "H-back" type of role [Lewis is 6-3, 220], and Hawkins is getting a look at cornerback.
Yes, it is true that Coach Bunting wears a long-sleeve t-shirt to practice.