on January 25, 2013 - 12:01 AM
, updated August 20, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Senior wide receiver Fred Lee was one of several Bulls who sat out Monday’s morning practice session. Coach Jeff Quinn said Lee, UB’s fourth leading receiver a year ago, is day-to-day after suffering an ankle injury during Saturday’s scrimmage.
“It’s the third week of fall camp and Fred’s tough, he’s going to be alright and it’s a day-to-day thing,” Quinn said. “He’s a little nicked up but that’s why that Next Bull In mentality is so important.”
Also day-to-day is Dillon Guy. The junior guard is no longer on crutches but his left foot is in a boot as he recovers from an ankle sprain.
“He keeps improving,” Quinn said. “We’ve been very fortunate. It’s not easy to lose anybody but at the end of the day it’s a tough game.”
Others who sat out Monday were senior safety Derek Brim, sophomore linebacker Brandon Tammaro, redshirt freshman offensive lineman Dan Collura as well as linebacker Brandon Crawford and tailback James Coleman, a pair of true freshmen.
Quinn had the offense playing at a quicker tempo not only to help offensive cohesion but to help the defense prepare for Ohio State.
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, along with Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, was one of the first to embrace the hurry-up, spread attack that is all the rage these days in college football. Time can be better served celebrating touchdowns than huddling.
“They would huddle, run the play, huddle and run the play,” Quinn said. “Then what they found out that in the last two minutes those offenses that move quick can score in less than two minutes. Look at how many heroic finishes that we used to witness. Then someone said, ‘Why don’t we do that every play? Why wait until the last two minutes of the game?’ ’’
During 11-on-11 drills, the Bulls ran a play and set up for another in less than 10 seconds but Quinn was heard bellowing, “Too slow!”
NFL scouts representing the Colts, Lions and Redskins observed Monday’s practice, yet another example of the increased interest in the Bulls’ program. Three more are scheduled to observe today, two on Thursday and one on Saturday.
“They don’t waste their time,” said defensive line coach Jappy Oliver, the Bulls’ pro liaison. “We’re trying to sell people. They find them and they come and check them out.”
Khalil Mack gave some pointers to true freshman Soloman Jackson after practice.
“We worked on playing low, playing at pad level and being firm on contact and getting off blocks,” Mack said. “It just something we’re working on.”
Coach Mack? “A little bit,” he said. “But you make me sound old.”