Some of the most interesting items of the day did not come from what was happening on the field, but which Wolfpackers were NOT on the field. There were some very notable absences today.
There were some notable additions, namely safety Tim Buckley, a Penn State transfer, but also some significant absences. Running back Mustafa Greene, backup quarterback Tyler Brosius and defensive tackle A.J. Ferguson did not participate in practice because of academic-related issues.
“They’re still working to get themselves on the football field,” sixth-year coach Tom O’Brien said. “So, we’ll see if they make it or not.”
Greene, a sophomore, hasn’t played since the Pack’s Champs Bowl win over West Virginia in Dec. 2010. The team’s leading rusher as a true freshman, he missed the entire 2011 season with a foot injury.
He returned briefly in the spring only to run into disciplinary trouble with O’Brien. The coach said last week at the ACC Kickoff that Greene was going through summer workouts and was expected to contend for playing time with returning running backs James Washington and Tony Creecy but Greene was missing on Tuesday.
There’s not set timetable for his return, O’Brien said.
“He has to continue to do what he’s supposed to, then he would be able to get out here and practice,” O’Brien said. “If he doesn’t, then he won’t be here.”
Brosius backed up Glennon last season and is listed in the media guide in the same spot for this year. The third-year sophomore completed eight of 13 passes for 66 yards and a touchdown last season.
If Brosius doesn’t return, true freshman Manny Stocker would likely be Glennon’s backup. Stocker enrolled in January and has impressed the coaches with his leadership.
Colorado State transfer Pete Thomas was another new face at practice but Thomas has to sit out the season under NCAA rules. Thomas started two seasons for the Rams and threw for a total of 4,269 yards.
Another absence today was key JUCO recruit at the linebacker position, Robert Caldwell. The Wolfpack’s lack of quality and depth at the linebacker position has turned A LOT of focus (and hope) towards Caldwell. But, there is good news regarding Caldwell as Coach O’Brien said,
Caldwell wasn’t here because he is still having his paperwork filed and hopefully that will all be done by tomorrow… admissions paperwork. It’s just a question of it getting here to the proper authorities on campus so they can clear him for practice.
That is good news.