- DEFENSIVE LINE
Despite losing Ben Siegert, his most experienced lineman, Mike Riley believes the defensive line can be as good as last year's.
Riley on the d-line: "That has been what I have been preaching. It's hard to say that somebody is going to step up and have the type of production that Bill Swancutt had over the last couple of years, but collectively this group of guys might be able to match it."
- JOE NEWTON's SURGERY
Tight end Joe Newton is out for the year and Riley doesn't want him back until he is fully healed.
Riley on the surgery: "The reports I have received have been very positive. As far as a time frame for his return – I have no idea. I'm not counting on him being back with us this year – I don't want him back until he is 100 percent."
- FIRST SCRIMMAGE
The team held their first scrimmage and as expected there were some highs and lows both offensively and defensively.
Riley on the scrimmage: "It was a mixed bag at practice. We had our ones against ones scrimmage early, and then we let some of the new guys and the second teamers scrimmage at the end of practice. For me it was good to get the live work and let guys finish plays and tackle. But we also have a lot of work to do situationally."
- MATT MOORE's ARM
Quarterback Matt Moore took 48 hours off from throwing due to soreness in his shoulder, but he came back and played well in the first scrimmage completing 6 of 9 for 155 yards.
Riley on Moore's arm: "I thought he played well, made some big throws down the field, made some good decisions. I thought his play action was good. I was very happy to see that, and I thought we protected him very well."
"I think it was wise by our trainer to give him those two days off. Like he said, he's never thrown that many passes in his life that first week."
- OFFENSIVE LINE SET
Sophomore Kyle Devan grabbed the starting center spot over Adam Speer. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh told the Gazette Times that Andy Levitre is the team's sixth man and is getting repetitions at all positions. The starting five are:
- Defensive tackle Ben Siegert is out
indefinitely after reinjurying his shoulder.
- Wide receiver Brandon Powers is out for the
season after injuring his ankle.
- Tight end Joe Newton had surgery on his
lower left leg and is most likely out for the season.
- Offensive lineman Adam Koets sat out one
practice due to an injured finger, he is expected to be back shortly.
- Defensive end Derek Hall missed four days of
practice with back spasams.
- Safety Daniel Drayton sat out four days of practice with a hamstring injury.