August 4, 2007

Practice Report: Fall camp heats up

Offensive line depth stronger than ever

While the starters at four of the five offensive line spots appear to be on track to keep their jobs this year, the backup jobs at each spot and the starting role at right tackle all appear to be up for grabs.

Last year's starter at right tackle, senior Chris Capps, spent Saturday working behind Andre Smith at left tackle while sophomore Mike Johnson worked as the primary man on the right side with B.J. Stabler working behind him.

Also seeing some snaps at right tackle were redshirt freshman Alex Stadler and junior Cody Davis.

Running back race wide open

Undoubtedly one of the hottest competitions this fall camp will be at running back where no proven, experienced players are returning. The position battle lost a competitor Friday night when freshman Demetrius Goode went down with an MCL injury that will likely keep him out for the remainder of fall camp.

Redshirt freshman Terry Grant finished fall camp as the starter at tailback and took most of the first team snaps on Saturday with Glen Coffee and Roy Upchurch working behind him.

Another competitor for the tailback job, junior Jimmy Johns saw snaps at both tailback and as the second team fullback behind Baron Huber. Johns' ability to play the lead blocker could mean increased playing time for the team's leading returning rusher.

New blood competing at D-line

With depth on the defensive front perilously low, plenty of underclassmen saw work at both the defensive tackle and defensive end spots.

Behind Wallace Gilberry at defensive end, redshirt freshman Milton Talbert and freshman Jeremy Elder saw snaps during individual drills while newcomers Alfred McCullough and Josh Chapman split third team duties at defensive tackle behind Brian Motley and Lorenzo Washington.

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