We got about 10 minutes today in our viewing period. Here are the most important takeaways from practice.
-As expected Andrew Thomas was not present at practice today and is still nursing an ankle sprain that occurred in the third quarter of the South Carolina game.
-Cade Mays replaced Thomas as the starting left tackle in drills. After an impressive performance in Columbia, look for him to start there Saturday if Thomas is a no go.
— Jonathan Ledbetter seems 100% to me. I know he played in the South Carolina game, but there was no sign of his ankle holding him back after injuring it last week during practice.
-Tyrique McGhee was on a bike during practice.
-Divaad Wilson was participating in some drills for the first time today since injuring his knee. Still not sure exactly when he will be called in for duty, but the young freshman continues to come along slowly.
-Dan Lanning got onto D’Andre Walker for half effort yelling at the top his lungs. “All I want is for you to get better!” Not that it is a surprise, but it just goes to show this coaching staff will never let you take a playoff.
– I noticed Jim Chaney real hands-on with tight ends working on their blocking. The tight end blocking wasn’t stellar against South Carolina, and that looked like the emphasis for this group on the day. One freshman who has had a sneaky good season is Luke Ford. He is probably the best blocking tight end, and we all know that if you block well, Kirby will give you playing time.