Quick-hitter updates from some of the more newsy aspects Butch Jones’ pre-camp press conference on Monday:
No time table for Von Pearson, Preston Williams: Jones addressed two of the biggest questions coming into camp – the status of receivers Von Pearson and Preston Williams.
Jones said Williams, an incoming freshman and five-star recruit, will not practice as they await NCAA certification on him. “That will be an ongoing process,” Jones said. “I have no timeframe for when he’ll be able to practice.”
There’s also no change in the status of receiver Von Pearson, who was named a suspect in a sexual assault case in April. Jones said it remains an ongoing investigation situation and Pearson remains away from the team and is suspended by both the University and the football program.
Mosley update: Jones confirmed that offensive lineman Charles Mosley, who was recently arrested for a first-time DUI, is with the team and “all discipline will be done internally” in that situation.
Position switches: Jones commented that he “feels like the football team is pretty settled in terms of what position they’ll be at,” but did mention a couple potential switches.
Freshman Jauan Jennings, who worked exclusively with the quarterbacks in the spring, will get some reps at wide receiver, but will also work at quarterback in some situations this fall. Junior Malik Foreman could see some work at receiver as well as they look for depth with Pearson and Williams in limbo.
“Malik Foreman will start out at defensive back and he’ll be evaluated everyday,” Jones said. “That will be an ongoing decision.”
Injury/absence update: Jones said the 13 players who missed spring practice should be back this fall, though many will be on a “maintenance plan.” A couple other updates:
• Junior defensive end LaTroy Lewis had his knee scooped and will likely miss 2-3 weeks of camp, though Jones said, “we fully anticipate him being available”
• Senior safety Max Arnold will miss the start of camp
• Freshman defensive end Andrew Butcher (knee) will miss the start of camp
• Sophomore offensive lineman Austin Sanders will be limited at the start of camp
• Senior defensive tackle Trevarris Saulsberry will practice, but will be, “touch and go…nowhere near 100%” according to Jones
• Freshman offensive lineman Zach Stewart will delay his enrollment after the death of his mother this summer