With the team's first major scrimmage scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday's practice was uneventful and perhaps even a bit slower than usual. The Bears spent the afternoon in helmets and shorts, working on various situations, but for the most part looking to remain healthy.
Nevertheless, today's open-to-media practice provided some insight into the team's current depth chart and injury situation.
On the offensive line, Chris Adcock may have overtaken Geoffrey Gibson at right guard. For the first time since open practices began, Adcock ran with the first unit. As a result, the team moved freshman center Matt Cochran to the second string to take over Adcock's previous position.
"He's our right guard right now," said Tedford, who agan emphasized that these issues are still being evaluated.
One thing the staff hopes to see at the scrimmage tomorrow is the emergence of another offensive linemen or two who, like Adcock, can switch positions when needed.
"The key is to find the top eight [offensive linemen] to travel, [guys who] are pretty diverse at what they do." Tedford said later that he felt good about five of them at this point of fall camp.
At safety, Tedford named defensive back Alex Logan as the leader to start opposite Josh Hill, but stopped short of declaring the competition over. "[Logan's] there right now, but again, there's a long way to go," Tedford said, before also listing Tyre Ellison, Michael Lowe and Avery Sebastian as Logan's competitors.
One position that is no longer up for grabs is punter. Though he also praised Steffan Mos' play throughout fall camp, Tedford confirmed that freshman Cole Leininger would be starting this season.
"Cole is the favorite. He is our punter. But it's nice to know that you have a backup … that you're not punting with Richard Rodgers back there, like we did this spring."
A day after Tedford said they would be in the rotation for fall, Bryce Treggs and Chris Harper were taking reps with the second team offense.
Wide receiver Maurice Harris' availability for tomorrow's scrimmage is uncertain. Jackson Bouza took reps with the first string in his place today.
Tedford provided an update on Penn State transfer Khairi Fortt's return, saying that team doctors do not expect him back until the second or third game this year. Redshirting himremains an option because the team does not want to hamper his recovery.
When asked about Cecil Whiteside's progress, Tedford confirmed that Whiteside was still practicing with the third string, and that they would promote him up the depth chart day by day.
The team practiced with only five defensive linemen today. Viliami Moala was out with an undisclosed head injury, and will miss the scrimmage tomorrow. Joining him on the sidelines were Puka Lopa and Deandre Coleman, both dealing with leg injuries. None of the injuries are expected to be long term.
With so many defensive linemen missing, the team moved juco transfer Antoine Davis from outside linebacker to defensive end for the time being.