Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Day at Camp

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Day at Camp

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STANDING OUT

As a fifth-round draft pick out of Division I-AA Georgia Southern, cornerback Kiwaukee Thomas knew he was going to have to do something special in order to stand out from the four other young cornerbacks. And so far he has.

Thomas has impressed Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin throughout the early part of camp with his coverage skills, although he struggled a bit yesterday.

"I'm just trying to make plays," said Thomas, who had 137 tackles and one interception in four years with Georgia Southern. "That's what everybody is telling me to do. On this level you've got to make plays and be able to make plays constantly. That's how you get on the field, and that's how you make the team and get a chance to play."

SHUFFLING THE OFFENSIVE LINE

The team made a change along the offensive line yesterday as David Kempfert was getting most of the work with the first team at right guard, in place of Anthony Cesario.

Kempfert spent the entire 1999 season on the Jaguars' practice squad as a guard/center prospect. With Zach Wiegert moving outside to right tackle, the right guard competition is wide open.

"Practice by practice, one player will get more work than the other," Coughlin said.

Kempfert did work with the first team for both practices yesterday.

INJURY UPDATE

Offensive tackle Joe Chustz missed both practices yesterday because of a back injury. . . . Tight end Damon Jones (right ankle) was limited in practice yesterday. He was not wearing the protective boot he had worn earlier in the week. . . . Wide receiver Lenzie Jackson practiced for the first time yesterday. He missed the start of training camp because of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. . . . Cornerback Zebbie Lethridge sat out yesterday with a hamstring injury.

THUMBS UP

Wide receiver Alvis Whitted made a nice catch for a touchdown on a deep ball, maintaining separation from the cornerback with his trailing arm.

Quarterback Mark Brunell was sharp throughout both practices. His passes were crisp, especially his deep balls.

Running back Stacy Mack was solid in both practices, breaking off several runs in the morning session. …

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