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Posted at 07:25 PM ET, 08/06/2011

Virginia football training camp: Day Two news & notes

Here are a few tidbits from Day Two of the Virginia football team’s training camp:

Freshman wide receiver Dominique Terrell was back in action Saturday after being pulled from Friday’s workout and escorted into the McCue Center by an academic adviser. Coach Mike London said Terrell “had to take care of some issues, but he’s ready to go. He’s ready to go 100 percent. I’m looking forward to seeing him our here practicing and running around and catching the ball, doing all the things we thought he could do here.” …

It wasn’t a particularly great day for the wide receivers, who dropped a good number of passes. But redshirt sophomore Tim Smith – who is returning from ankle surgery that ended his 2010 campaign prematurely – made a few impressive grabs. Smith said after the workout that his ankle felt a little sore, but that it felt great to be back on the field. He said his ankle is at about 95 percent. …

Speaking of wide receivers, senior Kris Burd missed his second straight practice due to unspecified reasons. London had said Friday that several players might miss that workout while taking care of some academic obligations. Thus far, the only two players listed on Virginia’s 105-man training camp roster that have missed both days are Burd and freshman safety Kameron Mack. …

Senior defensive tackle Matt Conrath missed Friday’s workout because he was out of town to be in his best friend’s wedding. Conrath’s flight into Charlottesville was scheduled to land at 3:45 p.m., and he was on the field shortly after 5, which was about midway through practice. …

At tight end, Virginia has three players – junior Colter Phillips, junior Paul Freedman and sophomore Jeremiah Mathis – who caught touchdown passes last season. They also have two redshirt freshmen – Jake McGee and Zach Swanson – who London said last December “are going to be all-star tight ends in this league before it’s over with.”

So, if you’re Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor, how many of those guys do you try to get involved in the weekly game plan? What different ways can you get as many of them involved as possible? What can each of them do to diversify and enhance the team’s attack?

Those are some of the many questions Lazor must try to answer over the next month. For starters, Mathis – who switched to offense midway through last season after starting out as a defensive end – is lining up some in a fullback/H-back role.

“Right now, they’re just trying to figure out what everybody can do and what everyone’s strengths are,” Phillips said. “Pretty much they know what Paul and I can do well. They’re still trying to figure out (Mathis) a little bit. And then the young guys they really haven’t seen play much.

“So I think once camp goes on, they’re going to start to utilize those younger guys in specific roles. And everyone’s really doing a great job so far. They’re learning it quick.” …

If the physical grind of training camp hasn’t yet set in for the players, London said it soon will.

“The physical grind of camp is there’s no light at the end of the tunnel right now,” London said. “It’s all football right now. (Summer) school is over, and everything that they do is geared toward practice and meetings, lifting, taking care of their bodies, nutrition hydration, all those things. I’ll tell them when there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and there’s none right now.”

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