Thursday Report from Berea

The latest from Berea, including an update on Kelly Holcomb's health, Butch Davis' job security, Lee Suggs' readiness, and a guy named Zeron. Get it first on BerniesInsiders.com!<br>

BEREA – Kelly Holcomb came through a rigorous Wednesday practice feeling good about his physical status for Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders.

That doesn't mean that Holcomb is in line for playing time. Tim Couch will start, and it hasn't been decided if Holcomb or Nate Hybl will be the number two quarterback.

"I thought I was going to be (the second quarterback) last week, but they put me at third," said Holcomb, who fractured his right fibula Sept. 21 against San Francisco. "All I can do is show them I'm ready. I felt pretty good yesterday (Wednesday)."

The situation surrounding Holcomb's health continues to be confusing. It was initially believed that he wouldn't miss much more than one game, but it now appears as if it's a four-week injury at the very least.

"It was frustrating when it happened," Holcomb said. "It is frustrating a little bit. Realistically, what can you do but let it heal."

Holcomb doesn't like to talk about what might happen when he returns to full health. It's possible he could lose the job to Tim Couch.

"You can't worry about that," Holcomb said. "We played well the other night. We played an all-around game. When you don't beat yourself like we did the first couple of games, and you don't have penalties, that's what you can do with the ball."


STILL THE MAN: Team president Carmen Policy gave coach Butch Davis a vote of confidence. Policy is pleased with the personnel decisions Davis made during the off-season and believes the team is headed in the right direction.

"At this point, I'm more convinced than ever that we're on the right track, and we have the right coach," Policy said. "His moves in February and March proved to me that he's all about a plan. He's all about doing what he feels is ultimately going to get us where we want to be, which is a championship.

"It's not job security. It's not, ‘Okay, as long as I can just make the playoffs this year, I'm buying another year, and I'm keeping the press off my back, and the fans aren't going to be chewing me to pieces.' That's not what he's about. He's about getting us from A to Z, and not A to B. Z is a championship."


SUGGS READY TO ROLL: Rookie running back Lee Suggs will be eligible to be activated from the physically unable to perform list next week. Suggs, a fourth-round pick from Virginia Tech, had shoulder surgery in May. He says he's healthy and is anxious to begin practicing.

"I think things have gone pretty well, considering I had to have surgery," said Suggs, who was one of the premier backs in college football last year. "It can only get better from here."


THE FOOT OF ZERON: Tight end Zeron Flemister, who was claimed off waivers from Washington on Wednesday, has had a foot problem. It began as bone spurs but led to a slight fracture.

"I'm back to being able to play," Flemister said. "It's one of those things that took a few weeks to heal. I played against the Patriots and Philadelphia with the Redskins. Each week it's gotten better."

Flemister considers himself a better receiver than a blocker.


RAIDER RADAR: Oakland, which has 11 players on its roster with a least 10 years of experience, is the most-experienced team in the league with an average of 5.9 years per player. The Browns, conversely, with an average of 3.4 years and just three players with 10 or more years in the league, are the least-experienced team.

The Raiders added guard Mo Collins (knee) and safety Derrick Gibson (shoulder) to their injury list. Both are questionable.


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