Following their walkthrough on Tuesday, receiver Romond Deloatch (knee), linebacker Buddy Brown (knee) and tight end Colin Thompson (foot), all a little nicked up, got in some additional running.
Thompson, the Florida transfer, has been fitted for special orthotics to help ward off the foot injuries that troubled him his first two seasons at Florida. Tuesday marked his first day of running since practice began last week.
Afterwards the 6-4, 250-pound redshirt sophomore – who appeared in just three games due to injuries to his right foot - ruled himself close to being ready.
“My right foot is 100 percent healthy and the left one is on its way. The good news is that the foot that gave me trouble in the past feels fine,” the Archbishop Ryan graduate said. “I’m rehabbing three and four times a day. But right now it’s more my left foot that’s holding me back right now.”
Clearly there is an opportunity at tight end. Gone is last year’s starter Chris Coyer, who finished with 20 catches for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Wanemi Omuso, primarily a blocker, has appeared in 18 games but is yet to score a touchdown.
“It’s a great opportunity - I’m champing at the bit to get back out there,” said Thompson, who can play this year if he’s healthy. “But I’m being cautious because champing in the past has gotten me in trouble and helped to contribute to me missing playing time. But hopefully I can get healthy and if I don’t contribute this year than I can contribute next year.”
NUTILE OUT FOR THE YEAR
Not that you were likely going to see him this season, but a torn ACL is going to sideline freshman quarterback Frank Nutile for the season. Nutile suffered the injury earlier this week.
Connor Reilly is still firmly the backup to starter P.J. Walker. Other quarterbacks on the roster include Thomas Rumer and Tim DiGiorgio, guys who have redshirted over the past seasons and have not seen game action. Freshman Lenny Williams is also in camp.