OK, it’s time for my Navin R. Johnson imitation – and if you don’t know who that is, look it up – though it’s just a paraphrase. “The new two-deep is here, the new two-deep is here.” For some thoughts on that, read on.
• Some random thoughts … and, because they are random, they are in no particular order … The secondary is young. Eight spots, five redshirt or true freshmen. Aire Justin would make it older, but he has yet to get back on the field since pulling a hamstring a couple weeks back. … Nolan Washington (hip) is still listed as the left corner and punt return starter, but he has to get healthy. … The offensive line is what we’ve been watching most of camp, from left, David Gonzales, Wade Jacobson, Zack Williams, B.J. Guerra and Micah Hannam. The backups have changed some, with redshirt freshman Elliott Bosch and true freshman John Fullington now backing up on the right side. … As we told you when we looked at the linebackers, Arthur Burns is now the backup at Sam and Darren Markle at Will. The redshirt freshmen will probably play at some point this weekend. … FYI, Jamal Atofau, though not listed on the two-deep, has been moved to the Sam spot. He’ll also see a lot of time on special teams. … There are six true freshmen listed. Besides Fullington, there is receiver Marquess Wilson on offense, Damante Horton and Deone Bucannon in the secondary and Rickey Galvin (punt return) and Andrew Furney on special teams. All are backups. … There are eight redshirt freshmen listed, though only Bosch on offense. Washington, Sekope Kaufusi, Justin Clayton, Burns, Markle, Anthony Carpenter and Casey Locker are listed on defense, with just Washington a starter. However, if Washington can’t go, Carpenter will probably move over to that side. That’s why they play both at practice. … Nico Grasu is listed as the kicker, but the senior must still produce to hold off Furney (I guess that could be said of anyone). … Aaron Gehring is listed as the third team tight end. Another senior, Zach Tatman, is still waiting to hear about a sixth year. Maybe the NCAA will make the decision Dec. 5.
• That’s all for now. We’ll be back with our items for tomorrow later this evening. Until then …