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Position Battles Continue With Scrimmage Set For Saturday
Written by Mike Lund    Friday, 16 August 2013 14:36   

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Senior Dennis Fite is one of a host of defensive backs competing to start for the Vikings.

A number of Viking players will get a hard look from their position coaches and the head coach when Portland State has its final full scrimmage on Saturday. Players are fighting for starting roles or to make it onto the two-deep as game day approaches on Aug. 29 against Eastern Oregon.

Two positions of question coming into fall camp - defensive back and wide receiver - have seen the best competition for playing time over the first 16 days. At defensive back, only one full-time starter (SR CB Dennis Fite) returns. And at wide receiver, only one player with significant playing time returns (SO WR Thomas Carter).

That hasn't prevented a host of players at each spot from showing their abilities. In the mix for serious playing time at DB include Fite, Aaron SibleyDavon DunnMishawn CummingsJulian Cruell and Chevy Walker (cornerbacks), and David EdgersonDean FaddisWalter SantiagoDarien WashingtonDemetrius Jackson and Michael Plummer (safeties). Dunn, Cummings and Washington are all transfers to the program in 2013.

At wide receiver, the field may be even deeper. Carter is a known quantity, but has gotten lots of competition from Kasey Clossin the slot, while outside receivers with some experience include Roston TatumDavid JonesAlex Toureen and Darnell Adams. 6-foot-6 JR TR Victor Dean has definitely shown well, and the size of RS FR Jamarr Graves (6-3) can also be a key component. Every one of those receivers had at least one catch in the Vikings' last full scrimmage on Aug. 10.

"The best thing I am seeing is, a lot of times in competition guys are just getting out of the way and there are winners (for playing time) by default," said Head Coach Nigel Burton. "What is happening at wide receiver and defensive back is guys are really competing, making plays and getting after it. They has been a little bit, but not a ton of separation between the players.

With non-conference games against Eastern Oregon, California and Humboldt State to open the season, expect all of those players to see action.

"In the end there is no experience like game day. We try to replicate it as much as we can in practice but the game still happens at a different speed. We will have to see how it shakes out when that happens," Burton said.

SATURDAY SCRIMMAGE
Portland State football will have a full scrimmage on Saturday at Stott Community Field. Practice begins at 10:30 a.m. with the scrimmage taking place during the latter half of practice.

The Viking team will have an alumni barbecue following the scrimmage. The alumni barbecue will be hosted by Noho's Hawaiian Cafe. Food will be served at 1:30 p.m.

Alumni should RSVP to Offensive Quality Control Coach Adam Kleffner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

FREE KIDS CLINIC ON AUG. 25
Portland State football will host a free kids clinic at Stott Community Field on Aug. 25 from 4-6 p.m. 

Participants will develop football skills including passing, catching, punting, kicking, tackling and blocking. No equipment will be needed.

For details, call 503-725-4700. To register, click here.

VIKINGS IN THE NEWS
• The Portland Tribune writes about SO QB Kieran McDonagh in Thursday's edition.

UPCOMING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Aug. 17 10:30-1:00
Aug. 18 Off
Aug. 19 10:30-12:30, 5:00-8:00
Aug. 20 10:30-1:00
Aug. 21 10:30-12:30, 5:00-8:00
Aug. 22 10:30-1:00
Aug. 23 10:30-1:00
Aug. 24 10:30-1:00

 

 

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Mike Lund

Associate Athletics Director - Media and Communications

Portland State University

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503.725.5602

@mikelund65

 

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