Camp Updates - August 22nd

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The Frogs received some excellent news as quarterback Michael Collins returned from a bone bruise on his foot. It’s the same injury Collins suffered against Baylor in 2018 and cost him the remainder of his season. He’s not ready to play yet, head coach Gary Patterson lists him as day-to-day, just like the rest of us, but time should help further heal the injury.

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UTSA safety Carl Austin is back at 100%, and Frank Wilson is glad to have him back. Wilson also knows that his secondary will only be as good as his pass rush can be. “The pressure that our defensive line was able to provide allowed our secondary to be productive on the back end.”

The Roadrunners transition into prepping for a no-win situation against Incarnate Word. Beat the Cardinals, and it’s a win over a non-FBS team. Lose to the Cardinals and its pitchforks and torches time for Wilson’s program.

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2019 Mean Green signee David Sow, from Navarro Junior College, is expected to enroll at Texas A&M Kingsville. The three-star recruit did not report to North Texas’ fall camp earlier in August. Sow played his high school football at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas. He was one of the highest-rated signees in Seth Littrell’s latest class.

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SMU named its captains for the 2019 season ahead of its opener next week at Arkansas State. Receiver James Proche, quarterback Shane Buechele, linebacker Richard Moore, and safety Rodney Clemons earned the recognition from their teammates.

For Clemons, the honors kept coming as Sonny Dykes announced that Clemons will wear number 23, Jerry Levias’ number this season. Levias helped break the color barrier in the Southwest Conference and was a dominant force in college football during his time on the Hilltop.

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Baylor coach Matt Rhule saw progress in how clean his team played this week, eliminating penalties and protecting the football. He also liked his young players stepping up in team periods.

The Bears are working on getting his special teams up to par, and Rhule is still trying to sort through his kicking situation. Regardless, his kickers have to speed up their tempo to avoid blocks. John Mayers and true freshman Noah Rauschenberg are locked in a battle. Rauschenberg possesses a huge leg, but his mechanics must get quicker.

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Rice scrimmaged on Thursday as camp winds down ahead of the opener against Army next week. The defense dominated play, and once again Owl quarterbacks struggled. Wiley Green and Tom Stewart continue their competition to start the opener, but Mike Bloomgren noted that the order changes with each practice.

Stewart, a Harvard transfer, continues to try and pick up the offense after arriving on the scene this summer. Green started three games as a true freshman last season.

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Jake Spavital will name a starting quarterback today or tomorrow for the opener at College Station as Gresch Jensen, and Tyler Vitt are neck and neck. Vitt has plugged away at the job which most assumed would go to Jensen. Vitt’s worked with the first team this week. Both will probably see time against the Aggies.

For his part, Jensen upped his game while working with the second team this week.

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Dana Holgorsen knows that D’Eriq King might give his defense the best look ahead of a matchup with OU and Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts. Holgorsen will let King do a little prep for the Sooners, but he also knows how important his quarterback is for the Coog offense, so he'll limit those scout team looks.

On defense, UCLA transfer cornerback Collin Samuel has yet to participate in practice due to a knee injury.

The first-year head coach knows his team has progressed this camp, but the real measuring stick comes in a week against the Sooners.

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According to the great Wendell Barnhouse, Tom Herman learned early in his career to consult his quarterbacks on playcalling each week. “We can draw up a play on Monday and think, ‘Man, this is a sure-fire touchdown.’ But the quarterback practices it and hates it. (Offensive coordinator Tim Beck) and I, we’re not gonna call that play.”

In pseudo-Texas news, former USC signee/Texas transfer/USC transfer Bru McCoy has yet to practice with the Trojans due to a mystery illness. The NCAA is also weighing whether to grant McCoy a waiver to play immediately, this time for USC. McCoy was a five-star recruit out of Mater Dei in the 2019 recruiting cycle. McCoy signed with USC, then transferred and went through spring ball with Texas before leaving Austin for Southern Cal early this summer.

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