Coach Tyrone Willingham implied that there could be some good news today regarding some of the four players whose participation has been held up by academic issues (freshman defensive back/running back Leilyon Myers and junior college transfers defensive end Anthony Atkins, safety Ashlee Palmer, and offensive lineman Aaron Mason).
As of Monday morning, Willingham would say only that news was "pending" ... but he said it with a smile.
He also said that linebacker Dan Howell has continued his perfect streak of earning the gold jersey in every practice session so far.
Willingham said his starting safeties as of now are returning starter C.J. Wallace and junior college transfer Jason Wells.
Among the players still missing time from what Willingham calls a "bump on the head" are linebacker Scott White, defensive end Darrion Jones and starting offensive tackle Ben Ossai. (In Ossai's absence, redshirt freshman Morgan Rosborough fills in with the first unit.) Defensive tackle Erick Lobos is out with an ankle injury.
Willingham spoke between practice sessions Monday, as two-a-days have now begun.