Camp Update August 4

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Major Applewhite had praise for receiver Courtney Lark. "I expect big things from Courtney." Applewhite sees him developing as a player and learning to finish. 

The Coogs are trying to practice more efficiently rather than longer. Applewhite noted,"it's a long camp, we're trying to keep guys healthy." Not to mention the heat and humidity are a bear this time of year, and by this time of year we mean for nine to eleven months out of the year in Houston.

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Rice held its on-campus media day yesterday and the theme for the Owl's camp is energy and excitement according to head coach Mike Bloomgren. Over 90 coaches high school coaches have been out to camp and Bloomgren addressed the Texas High School Coaches Association last week in San Antonio. 

Among Bloomgren's greatest assets is special teams coach Pete Lembo who also serves as Associate Head Coach. Lembo held a similar position at Maryland last season, and has been a head coach at three different stops including Ball State. He expects Rice's special teams to be explosive. 

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SMU received some great news as camp kicked off with the return of Jordan Wyatt. Wyatt missed spring practice recovering from labrum and ACL surgery. Wyatt's one of the better corners in the AAC. 

Tackle Bryce Wilds also returned to help bolster the offensive line. 

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The Aggies put shells on for the first time Saturday. Jimbo Fisher like the intensity, both offense and defense had their moments. Defensive end Michael Clemons injured his foot, perhaps needing a screw. Fisher said Clemons would "be out for a little bit of time." Kingsley Keke could move from defensive tackle to end; he's dropped 20 pounds this offseason down to 285 pounds.

In other A&M news, former Aggie defensive back Kemah Siverand announced he'll transfer to Oklahoma State after graduating in three years from Texas A&M.

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Texas Tech welcomed back running back Da'Leon Ward after missing the 2017 season due to academic. Ward was not allowed to participate in team activities last season but stayed around Lubbock, eventually convincing Kliff Kingsbury that he matured enough to return to the team. 

Ward used last season as a redshirt year, so he didn't lose any eligibility. According to one veteran staffer who spoke to the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal, Ward would've been run off from bigger programs, he showed growth and maturity and regained his standing on the team.

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UTEP travels for their fall camp, heading up to Ruidoso, New Mexico for camp. The biggest question facing new coach Dana Dimel is at quarterback where Ryan Metz and newcomer Kai Locksley are set to battle for the starting position. 

The Miners continue to try and find a consistent running game as well, even moving Trayvon Hughes to running back from linebacker. 

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The Roadrunners continued drills on Saturday, and Frank Wilson said some positive things about potential starting quarterback Bryce Rivers noting his ability to get the offense out of bad plays and into good ones at the line of scrimmage. 

Follow @theJJPerez to keep up with UTSA sports. J.J. must teleport from sport to sport for how much coverage he provides.  

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