RBs Sit Out on First Day of Contact

Bob Davie's Irish got their first contact work in, and there were some nice hits. While the Irish running back corps is supposed to be among the deepest in college football, all three tailbacks sat out of the drills due to assorted leg problems.

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August 19, 2001

 CONTACT: RUNNING BACKS SIT OUT

 By The IrishEyes.Com NewsService

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (IE) –The Irish may have three tailbacks and one of the deepest backfields on paper in big-time college football, but on the first day of practice in pads and contact drills none of them was available.

 Tony Fisher, who Bob Davie said was listed No. 1 going into camp, suffered what appeared to be a groin injury in Sunday morning's practice. Julius Jones and Terrance Howard sat out with what Davie described as assorted minor leg injuries.

Howard has been limited since arriving last week with a pulled hamstring suffered during workouts at home. Davie said the three were withheld from the morning contact drills as precautions.

 Offensive tackle Kurt Vollers, who suffered a slight ankle sprain on Friday, was doing limited work.

 The morning contact drill was open to the media (supposedly, the last open practice of fall drills), and there were some nice hits to watch.

 This may be good news or bad news, but backup tackle Brennan Curtin flattened No. 1 defensive end Grant Irons on a one-on-one defensive line/offensive line drill.

Chris Yura, doing yeoman duty because of the injuries to the top three running backs, was on the receiving end of what was the biggest hit of the day. Safety Donald Dykes delivered it, a collision that seemed to daze both Dykes and Yura.

Davie said not to read anything into it, but Carlyle Holiday was the No. 2 quarterback to take snaps with the first offensive unit following Matt LoVecchio.

 A note: The Irish first scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday morning. -

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