Grantham and defensive line coach Rodney Garner indicated that Geathers is still running first-team, but both nose tackles are projected to play a lot.
A few more post-practice notes:
- Grantham and secondary coach Scott Lakatos each shrugged off Bacarri Rambo's status, but neither quite came out and said Rambo was still the starting safety.
"You've gotta get combinations of guys," Grantham said. "So he has the abiility to play both, but to play both you can't always play with the ones. So we always kind of rotate those guys to the back to get them reps. One, with each other. And two, with those younger guys to help them get lined up, like to help those corners. So it's nothing more than that, we're just gonna continue to roll guys at that position and get the best combination out there."
Interestingly, Grantham said there was no difference in the system between the free and strong safety positions. It's more of a matter of who lines up where.
Lakatos echoed Grantham's thoughts on Rambo, saying that the junior who started every game last year has been helping working with the younger defensive backs.
"Nothing's really changed with him," Lakatos said. "He's a valuable guy, he's doing a great job. We're just trying different combinations of people. He's been in and out with the second group."
As for the freshmen defensive backs, Corey Moore is the freshman still most likely to play, and Damian Swann the most likely cornerback.
"Damian's been pretty consistent," Lakatos said.
- Ray Drew still is out, five days after hurting his shoulder in a scooter accident. (When his status was also announced as day-to-day.) But Drew's arm is no longer in a sling, and he was working out on the side with strength coach Joe Tereshinski.
"He'll be ready for the game against Boise," Grantham said.
- Offensive coordinator Mike Bobo listed the receivers in this order: Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Rantavious Wooten, Michael Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell, then Taylor Bradberry, Israel Troupe and Christian Conley "have been kinda battling to get in that top six."
"We've been kind of toying with it. Sometimes it's been Tavarres, Marlon and Mitchell. And then sometimes it's been - Tavarres was out a little bit and it was Wooten, Marlon and Mitchell. But Mitchell's making a push to get into that top three," Bobo said.
- With the starting five still set, offensive line coach Will Friend clarified the backup situation.
Dallas Lee now appears to have the leg up to be the first man off the bench. He can play guard or center - and if something happened to one of the tackles, starting left guard Kenarious Gates would shift to tackle.
Friend also said Austin Long, back after his bout with mononucleosis, has looked good. He also mentioned Kolton Houston, who had earlier been competing with Lee to be the sixth man.
- Tailback update: Isaiah Crowell (groin injury) and Richard Samuel (left guard injury) were each back practicing in green non-contact jerseys. But Crowell is healthier at this point than Samuel.
"Isaiah practiced a little bit, and did some good things in blitz pickup," Bobo said. "Samuel's not practicing, Isaiah's still not full-speed."