Defensive end Marque Fountain was able to return to drills Thursday, but saw no live action after working to rehab a turf toe injury. Freshman offensive guard Noah Franklin went back to the offensive line midway through practice after working with Rob Glass and company to fight through some soreness. Offensive lineman Blake Botek is still working through his knee injury, defensive end Nathan Peterson is still sidelined with an hamstring injury, and kicker Jason Ricks says he is getting close to kicking again as he rehabs a quad muscle. There were no new injuries in Thursday's practices.
PUNT BATTLE IS DEAD EVEN
Associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest has a battle on his hands with freshmen punters Matt Fodge and walk-on Cole Reynolds. Reynolds has visibly outkicked Fodge the last two days and did so Thursday in team punt practice. Fodge is a scholarship freshman that has kicked well at times, and to be fair both punters have had their good kicks and their bad ones.
"It's dead even right now," said DeForest. "Cole Reynolds has been great and Fodge has been good. Neither player has been able to separate from the other and that's good. It will make them both better."
DENNING TAKES FIRST TEAM REPS AT CENTER
Junior college transfer Steven Denning was the rave this summer as his offensive line teammates said he was extremely strong and a real threat to compete for the starting center job. Up until Thursday it has been redshirt freshman David Washington of Guthrie who has taken all the reps with the first offense at center. But that changed Thursday as Denning got his opportunity and the Mississippi native appeared to play well.
SCRIMMAGE VIEWING PLAN IS FINALIZED
The plan is final for the fan viewing of Saturday's 11 a.m. scrimmage – the only scrimmage open to the public prior to the start of the season. Fans will be able to use the west and north sides of the practice field for viewing, but will be restricted to staying in the roped off areas. Fans wanting to be on the west end must enter from the west side and will not be allowed to walk over to the north side. Fans wanting to be on the north side must enter at the gate next to the Wrestling Hall of Fame and stay on the north side.
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