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August 17, 2006 at 4:13 PM

Afternoon update

Just back from the 25 minutes of practice we are allotted to watch every day and the big news may have involved someone who was present but not working out — junior-college transfer safety Ashlee Palmer, who has yet to practice with the team while completing requirements on his two-year degree.
Palmer was on the sideline shaking hands with equipment guys and flashing thumbs up to coaches, which would all seem to indicate that he will be joining the team soon. Coach Tyrone Willingham has said only that there would be some movement forthcoming soon on the academic front. Palmer is expected to compete for the starting free safety spot now held by Jason Wells.
Four players wore red jerseys, meaning they would not participate fully due to injury — linebacker Scott White (head), offensive tackle Ben Ossai (head), defensive tackle Erick Lobos (foot) and defensive end Darrion Jones (head). Willingham said White and Ossai were injured a few days ago when they bumped into each other.
The most interesting drill involved offensive players practicing tackling technique in the event of interceptions or fumbles. All the offensive players took part, including quarterbacks, though there was no full-out tackling involved, just squaring up and pushing back.
The coaches seemed at fever-pitch in the early minutes with defensive coordinator Kent Baer getting after one defender on one drill by saying, “This is not going to be one of those days were we don’t hit anybody, is it?”
There has been one apparently permanent position change: True freshman Matt Mosley, who had been tried at running back, is now a cornerback and potentially in the mix for playing time this season. Willingham said Mosley would be one of the team’s top six cornerbacks, which means he’d possibly have to play this year depending on the health of other players.
Mosley’s move, however, means the team has just three tailbacks — Kenny James, Louis Rankin and Shelton Sampson. Willingham has said the team’s fullbacks may get more use as tailbacks to help fill the void. But mostly, they are obviously counting on those top three tailbacks staying healthy.
We’ll have more after Willingham meets the media this afternoon.

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