Some hodgepodge of football stuff:
- Brendin Pierre, academically ineligible this season, is practicing with the team and using this year as a redshirt because he played as a true freshman. There’s a lot of value to a scout team player who knows as much as he does about the game, plus it says a lot about the kid to be a scout teamer as a third-year player. On Friday, he was a receiver simulating Lafayette’s offense.
- The depth at offensive line, which coming into this season was looking as good as it has in quite some time, is getting a serious early test. Still, no reason to panic since Billy Turner, Jeff Jerve, Jason Pomerenke and Will Britt will all be back. Turner, obviously, is the big one and he may undergo surgery on the ligament in his thumb, but he should return to the field sooner than later. I would imagine it would be tough to keep him out of the Gopher game.
- Defensive tackle Justin Juckem (concussion) has resumed running drills and it appears he may return the Monday after the Lafayette game. The biggest problem is he hasn’t practiced all August with the exception of a couple of days.