Quick Hits from Tuesday's Practice (9/20)

Injury updates on Keenan Holman and Zach Line...which Memphis players SMU needs to keep an eye on this weekend...defensive coordinator compliments Marquis Frazier...that and more inside!

1. Keenan Holman injured his right ankle after making a 29-yard reception, the first play of Saturday's game against Northwestern State, and sat on the bench with a bag of ice the rest of the night. After the game he was seen in a protective boot and today, he was still in that boot with street clothes on.

If Holman can't play this Saturday, Der'rikk Thompson will take his place.

Other injuries: Chris Banjo, who sustained an undisclosed injury this weekend, practiced Tuesday and will be fine for Saturday. Zach Line practiced, but is still nursing some minor kinks. He'll be fine for Saturday.

2. Freshman defensive tackle-turned-running back Rishad Wimbley, who saw his first action this past weekend and rushed for 10 yards, took some reps with the first team. He was also more noticeably involved with other drills.

3. June Jones described Memphis' defensive front as "more like NFL defensive linemen" after watching film.

"These guys are big, they're athletes and they can get some push," Jones said. "We will be challenged up front to protect our quarterback."

4. Both Jones and defensive coordinator Tom Mason said that Memphis wide receiver-turned-running back Billy Foster "might be equal" to Teas A&M's Cyrus Gray.

"He has good speed, quickness and sees the hole pretty well," Mason said. "He's not a downhill, run-you-over type back, he's a finesse back that sees pretty well."

5. Mason also mentioned that he thinks starting defensive end Marquis Frazier is having one of the best years out of any player on his defense.

"He's probably had his best three games since I've been here," Mason said. "He's dominated every game, including the A&M game. It's his growth as a player. Last year we had him at nose [tackle] and he was out of position. This year he's back at end, which he's more comfortable playing."


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