5. Averette Rumors A Little Too Optimistic
Linebacker Devante Averette, a junior college All-American out of Ellsworth C.C. in Iowa, suffered a knee injury in spring football. The initial thought was he was lost for the upcoming season.
However, the hard working and determined Averette, who once worked a double shift for a year at UPS in his native Detroit, was rumored to be ready for the start of fall camp. That's not quite completely true but Averette spent fall camp working out with Rob Glass on conditioning, and he is close now to joining practice. New estimation is he could be ready for Big 12 Conference play. That is still very impressive.
4. Devin Davis Still Not Ready to Resume
Gundy was asked after Saturday's scrimmage for an update on the condition of Davis, who at one time before last season's preseason knee injury and surgery was the next great Oklahoma State offensive tackle. Davis did not practice at all through fall camp. It is no secret that Davis' injury was much more severe than just an ACL. The hope is he will be back but the timetable is unclear.
3. Search for Centers
Offensive line coach Bob Connelly said all along that his hope for depth on the offensive line was to have a third tackle, a third guard and then a back-up center or two.
At the end of camp on Saturday, Connelly said his third tackle was Michael Wilson. That means a legitimate bonus as Brandon Garrett is the other back-up tackle and he had almost a full season of starts last season and is more than capable.
The third guard is Jesse Robinson. Now back-up center is more of a concern as right now it likely would be Zac Veatch, who is the starter at right guard. You would rather not have to go through all that shifting. Connelly also mentioned walk-on Grant Canis as a back-up center and I like what I saw of true freshman walk-on Brad Lundblade. It is still a concern.
2. Special Teams Need to Prove It
This has nothing to do with the work seen in fall camp as kicker Ben Grogan finished camp on Saturday with a pair of 50-plus yard field goals. I saw nothing in the special teams work that concerned me, but after some miscues last season the specialists and special teams have to go out and prove it.
Former Sam Houston State special teams coach Robbie Discher takes over and the proof has to come on the field. Kip Smith is still the punter and the kickoff specialist. The fun may truly come with the return game with Tyreek Hill, but I also have always liked Brandon Sheperd as a return specialist.
1. Linebacker Depth Still a Huge Concern
Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Glenn Spencer said Saturday that at least two true freshmen will be traveling and listed as back-ups at linebacker on the depth chart. The injury to Averette and the academic loss of Kris Catlin compounded the issue at the position coming into fall camp.
Ryan Simmons is a stud, and a coach on the field. Seth Jacobs has looked good at weak side linebacker and Spencer says he is happy with the progress of Michigan transfer Josh Furman. Depth is baby faced with two true freshmen backing up.