Baylor loves Grayland Arnold’s versatility. In Baylor’s 3-3-5, the Bears want to be versatile. Arnold is the poster child for those efforts. In Phil Snow’s scheme, Arnold can play corner, safety, or nickelback. Snow and head coach Matt Rhule want to teach the defense “globally” so players must adapt to different positions.
Rhule threw several players out of practice on Tuesday as things got chippy. Rhule isn’t opposed to a tough, chippy football team, but he is opposed to discipline issues, which seemed to become an issue.
UTEP center Derron Gatewood is still easing back into practice after a knee injury that cost him the 2018 season. The Miners aren’t exposing Gatewood to team sessions, though that could change next week.
Ruben Guerra and Bobby DeHaro have impressed in camp thus far according to Dana Dimel. They’ve solidified their starting status while Greg Long and Gatewood as penciled in as well. The last position battle comes down to Zuri Henry and Darta Lee at left tackle.
Color Jimbo impressed with Tuesday’s scrimmage as the Aggies worked on situational scenarios including goal line. His second team players functioned inside the confines of a scrimmage without coaches on the field. Fisher believes his team locked in and had their best practice of the 2019 camp.
Freshman tight end Baylor Cupp is out “for a while” after injuring his ankle. Doctors put a plate in the ankle; Fisher did not give a timeline for his return.
Jaylen Gipson asked coach Jake Spavital to consider moving him to a different position as Texas State winds own fall camp. Spavital acknowledged that Gresch Jensen and Tyler Vitt are in a two-person competition to earn the starting job. Gipson has battled injuries this camp, and while Spavital will keep him in mind for specific quarterback packages, Gipson will find a different role on the Bobcat offense.
Spavital credited Gipson’s selfishness and the importance of his role in the program as a whole, in particular his leadership this offseason.
According to Brett Vito of the Denton Record-Chronicle, the North Texas’ defense is coming into focus. Former safety Tyreke Davis and veteran presence K.D. Davis are penciled in as starters. Judson freshman Kevin Wood looks to have an inside track to contribute on the depth chart as well. Two transfers, former Aggie/Gamecock Nick Harvey and former Arizona State Sun Devil Dominque Harrison are in a position to provide depth.
Troy Reffett’s defense must replace both starting corners and two of three starting linebackers.