Southern place-kicker Greg Pittman had surgery Wednesday on the meniscus in his right (kicking) leg and will be sidelined four to six weeks, coach Dawson Odums said.
Pittman, a junior from Helen Cox High School, injured the leg when it got rolled during practice last week. He made 8 of 12 field goals last season, inluding a long of 44 in the 34-27 double-overtime victory against Jackson State in the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship game.
The only other place-kicker listed on the roster is Matt Hill, a senior from Pensacola, Florida, who is currently sidelined by an unspecified muscle pull. Hill made 2 of 3 field goals last season.
Odums seemed unconcerned by the injuries, saying simply: “We’ll be all right.”
LB Allen returns to practice
LB Javon Allen returned to practice Wednesday morning after being sidelined by an injury to his left elbow, which he suffered in the scrimmage last Saturday. CB Dionte McDuffy (head), RB Herb Edwards (leg) and FB Brian McCain (knee) remained sidelined, but none of the injuries is considered serious.
Receivers ease way back
The Jaguars are back to full strength at wide receiver with Willie Quinn (jaw), Randall Menard (foot) and Justin Morgan (ankle) returning from injury. None worked with the first unit, and each had limited reps Wednesday.
“He’s letting us gradually get ourselves back together and get back in our groove,” Morgan said of Odums, “and let everybody get reps so everybody can be game-prepared.”
Odums said he didn’t want to rush the injured players back and he didn’t see a need to curtail work for the receivers who have been there all along.
“Those guys have worked hard,” he said.
Backfield has crowded battle
There’s a four-man battle going on at running back with the addition of former White Castle standout Tyre Bracken, a transfer from Southern Mississippi.
Lenard Tillery is the returning starter and two other transfers — Malcolm Crockett (Pittsburgh) and Jamarcus Jarvis (North Texas) — have been alternating with the second team, but Bracken made the backfield more crowded with his arrival last Friday.
“Those four guys are the ones that are getting most of the reps,” Odums said. “It’s going to play itself out.”
Two-a-days are done
The Jaguars had their final two-practice day of camp Wednesday whey they worked for two hours beginning at 9:15 a.m. and did the same at 5:15 p.m.
“I’m glad the two-a-days are over,” Morgan said, “but I’m also kind of sad because I enjoy camp. It’s a good atmosphere.”
Southern will practice once in the morning Thursday and Friday before concluding preseason camp with a scrimmage Saturday morning, followed by Fan Day inside the F.G. Clark Activity Center.