Baylor practiced in full pads and under the lights at McLane Stadium on Tuesday night and took Wednesday off. Getting his young players into McLane was a priority for head coach Matt Rhule. "Obviously, it's a tremendous place, but also, to have a chance to have a little change of scenery for our guys and do something a little different. I thought it brought a little energy before the off day (Wednesday)."
The Denton Record Chronicle's Brett Vito reported that backup linebacker Kody Fulp left the program. Fulp, a redshirt freshman from China Spring, was expected to see the field quite a bit this season is projections held to form. True freshman safety Reggie Williams, did not report to camp and is no longer on the roster.
Texas went live for the first time Wednesday, their first day in full pads. Texas awaits approval of the South End Zone Project. Tom Herman believes, once complete, the facility will be the best in the country, especially in terms of training and recovery. Even the announcement of new tailgating areas will impact the program according to Herman, "everything directly affects our team...from marketing to nutrition to academics."
On the injury front, Jeffrey McCulloch strained a pectoral muscle and he'll miss two to three weeks.
Texas State preps for their first scrimmage on Saturday. For Everett Withers it'll be another chance to evaluate his three quarterback prospects. Willie Jones, Jaylen Gipson, and true freshman Tyler Vitt are battling for playing time. "It is a very talented group of quarterbacks," Withers said. "I am anxious to see the growth of Willie and Jaylen, and see how much Tyler has learned since June 4. They have done really well through camp."
Tech, like many of the schools in the state, is prepping for a scrimmage on Saturday. The Red Raiders put on pads for the first time on Tuesday. Kliff Kingsbury's defense, which returns ten of eleven starters, continues to impress. "I've been just impressed with the leadership on defense," Kingsbury said "That many guys that have played that many meaningful snaps coming back is just a different vibe on that side of the ball. (It's) a different understanding of the defense and different energy, so it's been good to see."
A tradition like no other, the Birdcage returned to UTSA football practice on Wednesday. Frank Wilson used the first installment to introduce some young players into veterans or "baptize them" as Wilson likes to say. Headlining the event, also known as the Oklahoma drill, was a matchup between freshman offensive lineman Spencer Burford and veteran defensive lineman King Newton. Newton won, but Burford gave a great accounting of himself and looks like a real thumper.
Tariq Woolen and Tykee Ogle-Kellog have stepped up to give UTSA depth at receiver behind Greg Campbell and Marquez McNair. Wilson likes the way they use their bigger bodies.