Barbour Maintains Lead in Kicker Battle
The biggest thing Coach Ralph Friedgen wanted out of Saturday’s first scrimmage – in addition to no injuries – was a sense that there might be an under-the-radar guy who could help. Immediately after the scrimmage, Friedgen was not sure if he found anyone, but he wanted to take a look at the film and let us know Monday afternoon. So we’ll talk to Friedgen soon after this morning’s practice.
To review some of the offensive/special team notes from the past couple days, including some scrimmage leftovers:
Starting quarterback Chris Turner only attempted four passes in the scrimmage -- no need to see too much more than that -- but Friedgen continues to praise Turner. “Chris has been very sharp,” Friedgen said. “He is playing right now like I expect him to. He is very calm. He doesn’t let the blitzing affect him. He is telling the running backs, ‘Watch the blitz over there.’ I think he is very comfortable with the offense.”
Friedgen really didn’t know what he had with his tight ends after spring practice. He has a little better sense now, saying that each has improved. He specifically noted improvement in Devonte Campbell, Matt Furstenburg and Lansford Watson. As for Tommy Galt, Friedgen said: “Tommy is busting his butt right now. He is not the fastest, but he has really good hands.” Overall, Friedgen said, “I don’t know if anyone has separated, but I think they all have improved.”
Senior center Phil Costa banged up his knee a little in Friday’s practice and did not participate in the scrimmage. “When he tells me it doesn’t feel right,” Friedgen said, “I listen to him.” The injury is not considered serious.
Wide receivers LaQuan Williams, Adrian Cannon and Emani Lee-Odai made some impressive plays in Saturday’s scrimmage, Friedgen said. Overall, there has been little separation among the top nine wide receivers, but Friedgen has consistently pointed out strong play by Cannon and Torrey Smith. “I am not disappointed in any receivers,” Friedgen said
Friedgen said he will think about who should possibly redshirt in the coming week or so. But he also added: “The biggest thing I look for is what kids may play by the fifth or sixth game. And then I will approach them and see what they want to do. Some guys will figure in and if they are going to help us win, I’ll play them right away.”
Place kicker Mike Barbour made four kicks in the scrimmage, including a 47-yard field goal. He holds a lead over Nick Wallace heading into the second week of camp, and had a chance to possibly wrap up the competition Saturday. “I would have liked to see Barbour make that last kick, and I think he would have had the job,” Friedgen said. Friedgen historically mispronounces names, and last year once called Barbour "Barbaro" by mistake. Well, he said Saturday: “I wish he was Barbaro. That means he is a stallion.”
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