Posted: Friday August 18, 2006 10:04AM; Updated: Friday August 18, 2006 10:04AM
USC senior Oscar Lua started 11 games at middle linebacker in 2005, sophomore Rey Maualuga none. But Maualuga continued to work mainly with the first-team defense during Thursday night's scrimmage at the Coliseum.
Of Penn State's four new starters who earned jobs in the spring, only senior Robert Price has started, and that came in last season's opener against South Florida because Tyler Reed was being disciplined. The inexperience factor is why Penn State coach Joe Paterno has identified the offensive line as his biggest concern heading into the season.
UCLA defensive end Nikola Dragovic, who had been sidelined for a week because of a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Thursday and may play in Saturday's scrimmage.
Heralded Pitt freshman Dorin Dickerson officially was moved from wide receiver to running back. The move is not a big surprise because Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt often talked about making Dickerson a running back.
Linebacker Jon Demps has become the latest casualty as injuries pile up for Florida. Demps, a sophomore, could redshirt after Florida discovered Wednesday that he sustained a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament in one of his knees. It is the same injury that caused Demps to miss most of last season.
Washington coach Tyrone Willingham said Thursday that quarterback Jake Locker has looked like the real deal through the first 10 days of Washington's training camp. But he likely will be redshirted.
Marcus Gilbert, a former Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas standout, has caught Florida coach Urban Meyer's attention. The 6-6, 300-pound freshman offensive lineman has been moving up the depth chart at a beleaguered position.
Walk-on tight end Brady Conrad earned a football scholarship at Arizona State in eight months. Next he might be starting, due to the sudden health uncertainty of junior H-back Brent Miller.
Pierre Thomas and E.B. Halsey probably will retain their jobs returning kickoffs and punts this season, but Illinois coach Ron Zook said he is looking at alternatives during camp.