Both Gerald Dixons, the defensive end and the defensive tackle, will redshirt this season, defensive line coach Brad Lawing said Monday.
Gerald Dixon the defensive end hasn’t practiced this fall due to a stress fracture in his leg.
“They are just not ready yet, but they are going to be good players,” Lawing said. “I coached their dad in the early ‘90s. When he got here, he was a little rough around the edges.
"They are really going to be good," he said. "Some guys, their time comes at a different time.”
CLOWNEY, CLOWNEY, CLOWNEY
Freshman Jadeveon Clowney is getting better using his hands to get away from blockers and remains in the running for a starting spot, Lawing said.
“He’s very coachable,” Lawing said. “The three things about him that you would never know: No. 1, he is very humble; No. 2, tremendous competitor; then No. 3, he wants to be coached. He wants to learn and I’ve been very impressed by that. He has tremendous acceleration. He can really accelerate to the football. That’s something that is God-given.”
UP FOR GRABS
Junior Aldrick Fordham is penciled in as the starter at defensive tackle next to Travian Robertson, but there’s still a competition for that job, Lawing said.
“They have all impressed me with different things,” Lawing said. “All the guys competing for that job bring something different to the position.”
Fordham, junior Byron Jerideau and freshman Kelcy Quarles are competing for the job.
Sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw took snaps Monday for the first time since dislocating the thumb on his throwing hand during Wednesday’s scrimmage. Freshman defensive tackle Phillips Dukes returned to practice for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain on Aug. 11.
“In Division I football, the winning is what’s fun. My son coaches a Division III team. They build a lot of character and all that stuff, but it’s winning in Division I, and I understand that completely. I want to make sure our guys understand that.”