We got our first game-week briefing from coach Tyrone Willingham this morning, including a new set of two-deeps.
The most interesting name was Vonzell McDowell, true freshman, who will start at cornerback Friday at Syracuse.
And the most interesting missing name was that of Cory Nicol, who had been competing with McDowell for that spot. Willingham announced that Nicol had decided over the weekend to leave the team. Nicol later told reporters his departure was due to a nagging groin injury.
Redshirt freshman Matt Mosley will back up McDowell.
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Elsewhere across the roster, a handful of depth chart decisions remain undecided.
On offense, Cody Habben and Ben Ossai are still competing for the starting left tackle spot; and at tight end, Michael Gottlieb, Johnie Kirton and Robert Lewis remain in the running.
At tailback, the reserve position behind Louis Rankin remains up for grabs between J.R. Hasty and true freshmen Curtis Shaw, Brandon Johnson and Willie Griffin.
On special teams, Willingham indicated that Jared Ballman might have an edge on Ryan Perkins for the punting job, while Perkins may have the advantage on Ballman for the kicking job. However, neither of those responsibilities is yet settled.