The Johnnies practiced this morning at Clemens Stadium, hoping to avoid possible storms forecast for the afternoon.
More positional work, followed by skeleton drills with receivers, defensive backs and linebackers, and work with the offensive line and running backs against the defensive line and linebackers.
“It’s going really well,” senior safety Ian Goldsmith said afterward. “I’ve really noticed that we have a lot of depth. We have a lot of young guys stepping up and making plays. That’s good to see.”
That’s especially true in the defensive backfield where Goldsmith, senior cornerback Bobby Fischer and senior Max Forster all return after starting last season.
But cornerback Alex Powell, who started all 10 games in 2010, is also back after seeing just limited action in two games a year ago due to a hanstring injury. And senior Kevin Wenner has starting experience as well.
“There’s definitely competition going on and that’s never a bad thing,” Goldsmith said. “It makes us push each other even harder. If you’re only out there five plays in a practice, you want to make those five plays as fruitful as they can be. You know the coaches are watching and you want to make them count.”
A few notes of this morning’s practice:
* Senior running back Harry Awe again sat out practice because of a sore hamstring. He said he hopes to return to action in the next few days.
* Sophomore wide receiver Rob Voshell tried to practice Wednesday. But a bruised lower back suffered in practice Tuesday night caused him to cut things short.
*Junior wide receiver Ben Krebsbach also sat out with hamstring issues. And senior tight end Wade Powers (also a hamstring) continued to practice in a limited fashion. He said he hopes to be full-go by the end of the week.
* Senior backup running back Akshya Mahindru went down in the final minutes of practice with a right knee injury.
* Practice Thursday is scheduled for 7 p.m.