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August 14, 2012The team's first scrimmage on Monday was basically the first real evaluation of personnel, and the first fall depth chart will be released upon the coaching staff evaluating tape of the scrimmage, coach Skip Holtz said.
Holtz said one area of concern was dropped passes and batted balls on pass plays, some of which led to turnovers.
Holtz said the quarterbacks and running backs played well, but an "unfortunate" injury occurred on the first series when Bradley Battles, who Holtz said has had a great camp, turned his ankle on the third play and could miss extended time.
With the first scrimmage in the books, there's still no real separation between backup quarterbacks Bobby Eveld and Matt Floyd for the No. 2 job behind B.J. Daniels, and the coaching staff expects the competition to go down to the wire.
Of the freshman that stood out, Holtz said tight end Sean Price impressed again as he's done all camp. Also, defensive end Eric Lee has taken advantage of extended reps with Tevin Mims and Aaron Lynch limited with injury. Holtz said he's also anxious to see freshman Tashon Whitehurst, who's moved to weakside linebacker, on film.
Addressing the running back competition, Holtz said he felt there were four or five still with a chance to earn playing time this season. Seniors Demetris Murray and Lindsey Lamar are the two distinguished, while Marcus Shaw, Willie Davis, and Bradley Battles (though his status is unclear after the ankle injury) are all competing.
Holtz also added that he was impressed with what junior college transfer Michael Pierre can do from a talent standpoint, but is a little behind because he's only been in the offense for eight days.
Other injuries: Lynch (concussion, day-to-day), defensive tackle Todd Chandler (foot, day-to-day), and wide receiver D'Vario Montgomery (shoulder, day-to-day).