Poke Practice Notes

First the good news, offensive guard Corey Curtis (twisted knee) was back at practice on a limited basis. Defensive end Marque Fountain was starting to work into practice after battling turf toe. Kicker Jason Ricks said he is improving, but is still rehabbing his quad muscle. Defensive end Nathan Peterson says he is close to returning from his hamstring injury. Jeremy Nethon (hamstring) and offensive lineman Blake Botek spent plenty of time on the stationary bike.

For the second time in camp that we've witnessed junior college transfer center Steven Denning couldn't quit on the whistle. During a team run drill on Wednesday he got into it with fellow offensive lineman Roger Brown. No serious punches were thrown and the hand-to-hand combatants were pulled apart pretty quick and given some time to cool off.

Freshman quarterback Zac Robinson, out of Littleton, Colo., has loads of ability, and Wednesday with everybody watching during team work at the end of practice had his biggest highlight of the camp. Robinson saw Errick McCown break free deep over the middle and hit the wide receiver in stride for a touchdown. Gundy said Robinson has shown him potential for the future.

"I think Zac has got potential," said Gundy. "He is athletic and he's tall and seems to be very intelligent. He's willing to work hard and learn. He's got a lot of potential. It's hard to tell until you're in a scrimmage setting to see where those guys are at."

The practice field had some new additions as a regulation goal post was installed in the west end zone of the full length practice field. There were also two bright yellow metallic posts planted on the other end of the field to give coaches and players visual indications of where the hashes are.

The new goal post was put to use in field goal drills on Wednesday as walk-on kicker Bruce Redden got all the reps with Luke Roberts holding and Brian Jeffries and Zach Allen alternating on snaps. Redden hit his first five tries from 25, 27, 32, 47 and 47 yards before missing his final three tries from 52, 57 and 57. The misses were long enough but just outside of the uprights. After that drill the squad worked kickoff and kickoff return with Redden again doing all the kicking. His kickoffs were much better that Monday as they ranged from three yards deep in the end zone to the eight or nine-yard line.

Punting will get more team work on Thursday, but in warm-ups it was Cole Reynolds out-kicking Matt Fodge. Freshman quarterback Zac Robinson also took some reps punting the ball.

There should be plenty of room for fans, although it is still limited, with the latest plan for Saturday's scrimmage. The scrimmage begins at 11 a.m. and the new plan has fans being able to stand or sit on the west end and the north end of the practice field area. Fans will not be allowed on any of the fields and will have to stay near the fence, but the latest plan is to allow the fans inside the fences instead of having temporary bleachers outside the fence.

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