Camp Updates August 13

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Baylor is high on sophomore linebacker Jalen Pitre. The second year player matured a lot from last fall to now. Linebackers coach Mike Siravo thinks he'll play a bigger role for the Bears. "I love coaching Jalen. He's one of the toughest-minded kids in the room. He just takes the coaching, no matter how it comes at him. When he says, 'yes, sir,' he really means it. He listens and responds and is just a tough, tough-minded kid," Siravo said. 

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Rice's receiving corps is starting to take shape. Along with Aaron CephusAustin Trammell continues to be the most consistent of the group. "He's good at everything" according to Mike Bloomgren. Another name to watch for is 6-5 freshman Brendan Harmon from All Saints Episcopal in Forth Worth. He's impressed coaches so far in his first collegiate camp. 

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SMU has been without starters for the past few practices. Linebacker Kyran Mitchell and cornerback Eric Sutton. Mitchell started all 13 games in 2017 and 28 over the course of his SMU career. Sutton started three games last year. Sonny Dykes expects Sutton back early this week. 

Tackle Levon Livingston continues to miss time recovering from back surgery. He may be out for a significant amount of time. 

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Texas suffered several injuries over the weekend including one to potential starting cornerback Davante Davis. Davis injured a hamstring and medical staff are evaluating his status. Two other players suffered knee injuries. Linebacker Ayodele Adeoye and safety DeMarvion Overstreet both sustained knee injuries during Texas' scrimmage this weekend. Adeoye has worked with the second string and Overstreet may be up for a position change, to linebacker, once he's cleared. 

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A&M's open practice was the highest attended since the days of Johnny Football according to Robert Cessna of the Bryan College Station Eagle. New defensive coordinator plans to use linebacker Tyrel Dodson all over the field. According to Dodson, Elko will line him up at inside and outside linebacker or even defensive end. 

The Aggies scrimmaged Monday with quarterbacks Nick Starkel and Kellen Mond splitting time. Jimbo Fisher's been impressed with the accuracy of both and how each is elevating their game. 

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Defensive end L.J. Collier is down almost fifteen pounds from his 2017 weight to play a more prominent role and hopefully, according to Gary Patterson, more snaps. “It’s about how can you play 40 plays a game and play at the speed we want to play and play more than three plays at a time and rotate.” Whoever lines up at the other defensive end will have the benefit of Ben Banogu who'll draw a lot of attention on the opposite side. 

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As Texas State heads into year three under Everett Withers, Withers' is taking note of the influx of talent, most noticeably along the offensive and defensive lines. "We are bigger and stronger in our defensive and offensive lines." The Bobcats will have 76 scholarship players at their disposal this season, almost ten more than in previous seasons. 

While Withers isn't ready to name Willie Jones the starter at quarterback, he did note that Jones has the most command of the offense among the three players vying for the starting job.

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UTEP returned to El Paso on Saturday and to the practice field on Sunday after opening the first half of their camp in Ruidoso, New Mexico. The biggest news might be the arrival of C.J. Reese on the defensive line. The Kansas State transfer gives the Miners a legitimate big-play threat up front for the first time in recent memory. 

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