Camp Updates - August 19th

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Bob Stitt met with the media on Monday and raved about his third-string quarterback turned receiver Jaylen Gipson. Stitt loves his size, physicality, and athleticism. Gipson remains in the quarterback room in case of an emergency, but for now, true freshman Cedric Case can step up if necessary. No, I not intend that pun.

You get the sense that Stitt would rather not play Case this season unless it is necessary, but clearly, he’s got a high ceiling.

Texas State’s tight end/receiver hybrid position is improving as the group continues to learn to inline-block but also play in the slot. Stitt wants his tight ends to get a little heavier, but keep up their athleticism.

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Matt Wells is thankful his team is avoiding season-ending injuries through the majority of camp. His team is relatively healthy, and he anticipates getting a lot of players back this week who’ve been held out to heal up. The interior of the offensive line is getting up to speed after Jack Anderson and Dawson Deaton both returning to full contact after missing spring ball with injuries.

Tech corners have improved the most over fall camp. Wells also said his inside receivers have fast-tracked improvement. Inside receiver Xavier White is challenging to get on the field after arriving on campus this summer Dodge City Community College by way of Lubbock Monterey.

Tech will transition in the next few days to prepare for Montana State. That transition brings with it a reduction in the playbook as the Red Raiders try to refine their scheme ahead of the Bobcats.

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The Aggies are practicing situational football, this time by inserting young players into the ones in different circumstances to mimic injury. The Aggies are playing at a higher level, but Jimbo Fisher is looking for attention to detail.

Fisher is high on guard Colton Prater, a senior from Bossier City. According to the head coach, Prater’s been a pitbull, always fighting and with a nice mean streak as well. He and Ryan McCollum are in a battle for a starting spot after McCollum’s hot spring.

Fisher can see a pretty good Aggie team taking shape, but inconsistency is holding that vision back.

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UTEP picked up a grad transfer this week in USC safety Ykili Ross. Appearing in 24 games with two starts as a nickelback, he had 15 tackles, a deflection and two interceptions in his career. He was suspended for the Cotton Bowl against Ohio State because of academic ineligibility.

He went sideways with USC coaches last fall as he sunk down the depth chart. Ross announced early in the 2018 season that he was leaving Southern Cal and would concentrate on his academics to do so. In his transfer announcement, Ross referred to himself in the third person. Yep. This rarely works out.

He’s the second PAC 12 skill player to land in El Paso after Arizona’s Devaughn Cooper made his way to UTEP earlier in fall camp.

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Houston signed three offensive linemen in the 2019 recruiting class, if Dana Holgorsen has his way, they’ll all get a redshirt season before seeing the field. Chayse Todd from Crosby, Cam’Ron Johnson out of Shadow Creek and Patrick Paul from Jersey Village, don’t factor into Holgo’s plans, yet.

He also plans on redshirting some seniors who have that option available to them to develop his program. Holgorsen hopes to manage the team's redshirt rule differently than Major Applewhite’s regime. Holgorsen noted that several of his seniors are 20 years of age, while at West Virginia, most seniors were 23.

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