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Camp observations, August 5

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Good afternoon, all.

Looking at the punting drills … I’m not going to anoint Shane McDonough the starter, but he appears to be competent. But Herd fans should be excited about the other end of those punts … Give me Hyleck Foster, Trey Rodriguez and Willie Johnson, and I’ll take my chances. It’s tough to imagine special teams not improving.

Speaking of kickers, Cole Phillips has been sidelined the past day or two. … Good to see Anthony Anderson back in full uniform. His fate in a more crowded RB room is an interesting story. Remember when he was The Next Big Thing? Stay tuned.

(I quipped about the “L’s” the team signals near the end of exercise period. A few readers dialed in on the topic. Thanks to all!)

Seeing Chase Hancock back at full go today. The first-string LBs have been Hancock, Juwon Young and Artis Johnson much of this camp.

Marcel Williams getting another full dose of “one” reps, both at “X” and slot … Tyre Brady is again dressed and doing individual drills, etc., but has been held out of contact for a few days.

Pursuit angles came into play, but I do believe I just saw Xavier Gaines outrun Jaquan Yulee. Gaines is no slowpoke …

Tough injury to receiver Stone Scarcelle, who landed awkwardly on his arm during a reception. From my experience in watching those injuries, I am not optimistic on his quick return.

Update on Yulee: He has been playing on both second- and third-string units, getting a lot of snaps. I’m starting to see him around the ball a little more.

Probable play of day: Chase Litton hitting Hyleck Foster on a long TD pass. Time to have a chat with Foster for tonight’s paper.