22 days until the start of the season, but only 20 days to college football. Enjoy the summer now, because it's not lasting much longer. Here's your quack:
- First off, let's get to the practice recaps. Moseley, Goe, and Chris Courtney have the latest. Don't get to worked up about the offensive line just yet. Presumed starters Darrion Weems and Ryan Clanton were late arrivals to practice, most likely for academic reasons. But despite this, the offensive and defensive lines got some good competition in during the first contact day of fall camp. Make sure to check out video from Chip Kelly and Lavasier Tuinei after the jump.
- Speaking of Tuinei, he's got a big job this year. While he had some great grabs as the #3 receiver last year, he will have to take a big step forward to get fans to forget about Jeff Maehl and D.J. Davis. He is expecting an expanded role this year, and looks forward to proving himself more than just a possession receiver.
- The competition behind Tuinei and Josh Huff will be fierce, and two veterans are hoping to make the most of their time. Daryle Hawkins has been moved permanently to WR after holding down the third and fourth string QB positions the last two years. Without having to worry about multiple positions, hopefully we'll get to see Hawkins athleticism shine as he can focus only on playing receiver.
- Former walk-on Justin Hoffman will also get a chance to compete for serious playing time, and is holding off the influx of new talent. While coaches extol his virtues such as "dependability," Hoffman was one of the top performers at receiver during winter conditioning, having the best shuttle time and power clean at the position.
- Switching things up, how about a little basketball news. Dana Altman is taking the team on a tour of Italy later this month. It should be a good time for the team to come together, especially with so many changes happening this offseason. Unfortunately, it looks like some of the new transfers may not be able to make the trip.
- Joevan Catron has signed a professional contract with the Wollongong Hawks in Australia. Congratulations and good luck to Joevan.
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