There was some interesting news that came out of practice today. Of course, no news on the QB battle, but many think it’s Troy Williams’ job and he’ll win the starting role at the end of the day. There also some position switches, namely Josh Nurse being moved to safety. Coach Whitt said they need some bodies at safety, especially with Chase Hansen on the mend. Nurse was the late addition before camp started out of Blinn Community College, as a wide receiver. Speaking of wide receiver, Coach Whittingham has said they have some depth there, allowing the move of Nurse.
Troy Taylor did call out some receivers as likely starters going into the season, and the names shouldn’t surprise anyone. Taylor called out Darren Carrington, Raelon Singleton, Siaosi Wilson and Demari Simpkins, all names that should be no surprise. That’s a good crew, and one I’m excited to see. Troy McCormick is taking more reps at running back, now that Shyne is out for a while, which helps add to the depth there.
Here’s a little more from the AD:
Inside the Huddle
With the season opener against North Dakota on Aug. 31 less than three weeks away, the quarterback competition between senior Troy Williams and sophomore Tyler Huntley remains in a dead heat with senior Cooper Bateman also in the mix … Josh Nurse, Alani Havili-Katoa and Jake Jackson are confirmed at new positions after experimenting at them last week. Nurse, who initially walked on to the team as a receiver, is now on scholarship at safety. Havili-Katoa, a defensive tackle since joining the team in 2014, has moved to the offensive line. Jackson has moved from linebacker to tight end … With a long-term, although not season-ending injury to Armand Shyne, Zack Moss takes over as the No. 1 running back. Moving up on the RB depth chart are Devonta'e Henry-Cole and Jordan Howard. In addition, Troy McCormick is now splitting time between running back and wide receiver. McCormick moved to receiver in the spring after three seasons at running back … Sophomore center Paul Toala was awarded a scholarship at a team meeting last week. Toala, a Dixie State transfer, redshirted last season after serving an LDS church mission in Mexico.