There was a lot to talk about from today, including some key depth chart movement, so let’s get to it:
- Perhaps Troy Calhoun was speaking out of frustration after Saturday’s scrimmage, in which he got upset with Mike DeWitt for missing a block, but he made it clear that Wes Cobb is the clear favorite to start at fullback. He praised Cobb for his consistency and toughness when asked if anyone had stepped up to fill the vacant starting job.
“He’ll be a solid fullback for us this year,” Calhoun said. “We need to have somebody else come on and emerge, because we need depth at that position.”
That may not sound like much, but Calhoun hates to give any indication that one player leads another if there’s a position battle. Judging by Calhoun’s comments, Cobb has a commanding lead, at least for the moment.
- The kicker battle is also getting interesting. Parker Herrington might have a small edge, or at least it’s very close. Calhoun said there’s “no separation,” but it was Herrington who got the first kick during 11-on-11 drills. He did well aside from a 31-yard miss, including hitting a 55-yard attempt after barely missing one. Erik Soderberg, who was first up on kickoffs, also kicked well. He has the experience edge in the race. Calhoun said he wants to see someone emerge at that spot in the next week.
- The race for the cornerback spot opposite Anthony Wright was muddled this week because Wright was out for a couple days. Josh Hall and Steffon Batts worked with the first team, which only meant that Chris Miller was third in the race at the moment. But Saturday, with Wright back (and he looked good, picking off Tim Jefferson in a passing drill), Batts stayed in the starting lineup. Hall and Miller were on the second team. This race is also going to play itself out over the rest of camp – Calhoun made sure to single out Miller for having a great week of practice, so don’t count him out either – but at least for today’s scrimmage, Batts had the lead.
- Here’s a couple quick hits on who is moving up and down the depth chart: Not a surprise, but David Baska has had very little competition at punter through camp, and Calhoun singled him out when he was asked who has emerged at the position. Baska has also been taking most of the reps as the team’s new field-goal holder. … Jon Davis and Anthony Wright are listed 1-2 on the pre-camp depth chart at punt returner, and that hasn’t changed. Air Force might use both at the position this year. … Cody Getz and Darius Jones appear to be in a dead heat in the race for No. 2 tailback. They seemed to split repetitions almost equally, and each of them had good moments today. But, freshman Jon Lee once again had a couple nice runs. He’ll be a factor. … Alex Means is back with the first-team defense at outside linebacker, after Stephan Atrice got a few practices with the starters early in the week.