For the first time in 2019, UTSA practice as a full team Tuesday, highlighted by the camp staple - the “Bird Cage Drill.” Head coach Frank Wilson was excited to get all 110 players together after a few days of split practices.
As for the quarterback position, the job is still wide open, but Wilson did single out Cordale Grundy by name for his solid play early in camp.
Another name to keep an eye on is Cal/Kansas State transfer Carlos Strickland. He’s logging a lot of reps and is healthy for the first time in a few seasons after suffering from a sports hernia that’s nagged him since high school.
Rice beat writer Glynn Hill is reporting that the Owl defense will attempt to bring more pressure in 2019 under second-year defensive coordinator Brian Smith.
Smith came to Rice from Michigan where he coached under a real guru in Wolverine coordinator Don Brown. The Rice linebackers might be the deepest position on the team with experience returning at every position and true competition for playing time.
The Cougars picked up a 5-star transfer in Alabama’s Eyabi Okie this week. The linebacker is on campus and will join the team pending acceptance into the University. Chances are he’ll sit out the 2019 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Dana Holgorsen’s been as active as anyone on the transfer front. Holgorsen believes transfers see Houston as a destination in part because of the facility upgrades and confidence the Cougar staff will remain in place for some time.
He’s also managing the Coogs work rate in camp, keeping in mind Houston’s schedule. The Cougars have a difficult four-game stretch to open the season. They’ll play those four games in just nineteen days.
Lost in all the excitement of the opening of SMU’s camp is the opening of their Indoor Performance Center. The Ponies have the luxury of moving inside to carry out practices, a luxury they’ve used a few times already in the first few days of camp. Construction began on the $27 million indoor space in February of 2018. The facility also houses a recruiting lounge, a banquet space, and training and rehab space.