August 27, 2007

Media day report: Ricks will start

Shortly before his first appearance on the Big XII coaches' teleconference, Gary Pinkel released an updated depth chart that held some good news for Tiger fans. Hardy Ricks is listed as a starting cornerback ahead of true freshman Carl Gettis and Marcus Woods returned to the depth as the second-string tailback.

"We expect him to start," Pinkel said of Ricks. "He has practiced well, the medical staff released him. He's had experience, he started a lot last year and we felt that was the best direction to go at this time."

Ricks was playing well before dislocating his left shoulder in the first week of camp. He did not participate in the scrimmage during Thursday's final open practice. In Ricks' absence, Gettis, a converted running back, had moved up to the top of the depth chart. Pinkel had remained optimistic Ricks could play against the Illini, but had said nothing definite prior to Monday morning.

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