News of the day, 8/13
Hey everyone. Practice has ended. They went a little longer than two hours. Usual slate of activity. Jason Bosley is not nearly as injured as we once believed. Diagnostic tests showed a fully in-tact set of knee ligaments. The official diagnosis is a bruised knee. Bosley said he expects to return in a few days. In fact, he was walking around the athletic complex tonight with only a sock pulled over the knee. No big brace. No significant limp or anything.
Tommy Tuberville just let out a hugh sigh of relief.
QB Kodi Burns worked the team's skill-position skeleton drills tonight, which served as a nice promotion for him. With Neil Caudle out indefinitely with a separated shoulder, maybe Burns is emerging as the No. 2 guy. He looked OK in that drill, which emphasized deep passes. He has a lot of arm strength. Burns' accuracy is only so-so.
DT Jake Ricks returned to practice on Monday after missing everything up to this point. He actually looked pretty good considering. He used his hands and arms well. That's what these coaches like.
Another tough night for assistant coach Hugh Nall, who watched his players struggle during pass-rush drills. To nobody in particular, he said: "We've got too many deer-in-the-headlights looks. Didn't you all grow up playing football?"
DE Quentin Groves: "My favorite part of practice -- break."
Nall unhappy with his line's slow preparation for a blocking drill: "Get up there and get down! This ain't a beauty contest."
Here are the results from tonight's pass-rush drill. It was abbreviated because of work on formations and schemes.
Quentin Groves (54) vs. King Dunlap (77) -- 77, even.
Jake Ricks (91) vs. Ty Green (71) -- even, 71.
Josh Thompson (97) vs. Michael Hatter (67) -- 97.
Zach Clayton (98) vs. Hatter (67) -- 98.
Pat Sims (95) vs. Mike Berry (66) -- 95. Power rush. Dominated him.
Darrell Roseman (41) vs. Berry (66) -- 41, 66. After the first one, Nall said: "You just won't do it right. Grow up!"
Sen'Derrick Marks (94) vs. Antwoin Daniels (70) -- 94, 94. Using a variety of moves.
Antonio Coleman (52) vs. Dunlap (77) -- 52, even.
Bryant Miller (51) vs. Green (71) -- 51, even.
Clayton (98) vs. Hatter (67) -- 67, 98.
Roseman (41) vs. Berry (66) -- 41, 41, 41. It was loud. And unhappy.
Mike Goggans (49) vs. Lee Ziemba (73) -- 49, even.