Freshmen offensive tackles Brandon Shell and Mike Matulis remain in the running for a spot in the rotation this year, offensive line coach Shawn Elliott said. Neither player is challenging for a starting job, but they were the No. 2 tackles during Wednesday’s scrimmage.
Freshman offensive lineman Brandon Shell, who was a five-star recruit, also has made big strides.
“Here in the last three or four days, he has really picked up the game of football so to speak. He’s starting to learn a lot,” Elliott said.
Redshirt freshman offensive tackle Cody Gibson (dislocated kneecap) could return to practice by Monday, Elliott said. “He had the same exact injury a year ago a week later (in camp), and he played in the first game. So, I anticipate him being back,” Elliott said.
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Jeffery banged up
Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery missed Thursday’s practice with a calf bruise he suffered in Wednesday’s scrimmage. “He’s fine,” receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. said. “He actually started to practice and limped around. I said, 'Go over and hang out with the trainers. You're not doing much here.' So he’ll be fine.”
Scrimmage open to public
Coach Steve Spurrier announced Thursday that his team’s Saturday scrimmage will be open to the public. Spurrier initially closed all the team’s practices but has changed his mind and opened most of them, including all scrimmages.
“We don’t have to act like all those guys who are paranoid somebody is going to come and watch a ball play,” Spurrier said on his weekly radio call-in show.
Holloman staying put
DeVonte Holloman will stay at spur after being moved from free safety in the spring, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said. He will back up Antonio Allen but will be on the field along with Allen in many situations, spurs coach John Butler said.
No gold star for Watkins
Elliott did not like offensive lineman Rokevious Watkins laying out safety Corey Addison after Addison made an interception in Wednesday’s scrimmage. “I thought it was a very cheap hit,” Elliott said. “I think, in camp, you have to take care of yourself, and you have to know when to do things and when not to.”
Steve Spurrier Jr.