UCF football opened its second week of training camp on Tuesday with Practice 7 of the preseason.
Similar to the first practice last week, the first 30 minutes included a media viewing session. This was the second time that local reporters could watch part of the exercises.
Here are some observations and insider notes from the open period of the seventh practice of the UCF fall camp:
UCF starting center Matt Lee was not present for Tuesday’s practice, at least while the media watched. It is unclear what led to his absence.
With Lee not practicing, offensive guard Lokahi Pauole centered quarterback Mikey Keene on a quick drill with the first group.
Redshirt junior Nate Brady broke the ball to quarterback John Rhys Plumlee in the second group.
True freshman Caden Kitler, who played center in high school, tossed the ball to fellow freshman quarterback Thomas Castellanos with the final group during the drill.
Another offensive lineman who was not seen practicing was second in redshirt Patrick Barnett. The Orlando Sentinel reported last week that the Key West native needed help walking away during practice.
On Tuesday, Barnett arrived at the training grounds using crutches to walk with his right leg in a large brace.
A handful of players who didn’t wear gold non-contact jerseys last week did on Tuesday: freshman wide receiver Xavier Townsend and defensive back Ja’Cari Henderson, redshirt junior running back Mark-Antony Richards and red-shirted junior wide receiver Jaylon Griffin.
This meant that the group practiced but in a limited way. The non-contact gold jerseys indicated that they could not be tackled during drills.
After practice, defensive coordinator Travis Williams did not provide an update on the status of linebacker Quader Mosier and defensive end Landon Woodson, as the two continued to sit out drills.
A slight change was that Woodson no longer wore knee pads when watching practice. Williams directed a question about the duo to Gus Malzahn, who speaks to reporters on Saturday.
“It’s a matter of the head coach. If a guy isn’t training, I’m not going to talk about it,” Williams said.
With Paule at center for Keene, there has been movement on the offensive line.
Although that is bound to change again, here is how the groups fell apart:
First group: Tackle Tylan Grable, guard Sam Jackson, center Lokahi Pauole, guard Ed Collins and tackle Ryan Swoboda.
Second group: tackle Ethan Mort, goalkeeper Cameron Kinnie, center Nate Brady, goalkeeper Chidoziri Maghiro and tackle Paul Rubelt.
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Third group: tackle Tylan Grable, guard John Harris, center Caden Kitler and tackle Shaheem Hill. Collins also played at right guard for the third group.
A change from last week is that Swoboda moved from the second group after Collins moved from tackle to guard for the first group.
Also, offensive guard Josh Cox, who worked with the second group last week, did not participate in the drill.
Malzahn mentioned Sunday that first-year kicker Colton Boomer was dealing with a “fit” in the leg, so senior specialist Daniel Obarski handled all of the field goals during the scrimmage.
That continued Tuesday with Obarski taking all field goal attempts during the media listening session.
The senior went 5 from 7 as reporters watched, missing two from distances of 40 and 35 yards. The 40-yard miss bounced off the left side of the goal post.
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