Isn’t it game week yet? Anyway, here’s what transpired at practice:
- The biggest mover on the depth chart after Saturday’s scrimmage was apparently defensive end Ben Kopacka. He moved up to work with the first-team defense, with Harry Kehs on the second team. That isn’t that big of a movement, however, considering Kopacka and Kehs weren’t separated by much and both are going to play as part of the rotation anyway.
Talked to Kopacka a bit after practice, and he is understandably happy with where he is at. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Colorado State last year, so being ready to go by the start of the training camp wasn’t a given. The Falcons’ defensive line depth gets a big boost with Kopacka playing at a high level.
- A player who has looked good in camp is receiver Mikel Hunter. He has mostly been working behind Zack Kauth, and has looked fast. He made a lot of plays early last season, so the coaches have some confidence in him. Also, Ty MacArthur is getting more and more playing time behind Jonathan Warzeka – it looks like he’ll be a significant part of the offense.
- I haven’t written much about junior quarterback Tucker Tipton, because, well, freshmen are generally interesting to talk about so I’ve written a bit about Mitch Griebel instead. Well, Tipton has played very well. He has the look of a player who has had a couple years to learn the system and knows what to do in the offense. I’m not sure there’s any reps to go around at the position behind Tim Jefferson and Connor Dietz, but Tipton has been pretty good if he’s needed.
- Not surprisingly, Falcons coach Troy Calhoun didn’t want to say much about any potential conference realignment in college athletics.
“Others make those choices,” Calhoun said.