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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Plus One, Minus Two: Lemon Joining Team, Roberts Leaving, Proctor Out For The Year

Obviously the big news following today's scrimmage was the confirmation that Nate Irving would be out for the season (barring a January bowl game and some quick healing on Nate's part), but three other personnel developments were brought to light in coach O'Brien's post-scrimmage comments.

Defensive tackle/end Michael Lemon will be joining the team. Lemon was a three-star prospect and the 51st overall defensive tackle back in 2006 when he committed to the University of Georgia. He had garnered a few snaps as a redshirt-freshman but legal issues stemming from a fight following the murder of his mother resulted in his dismissal from UGA in 2008. He enrolled at Georgia Military College, and will now join the Pack with two years to play two years (i.e no option to redshirt).

On the offensive side of the ball, State will be losing redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Desmond Roberts. Roberts left the team and plans to attend junior college. It's not known at this point if he will (or will be able to) return to the team at a later date.

Finally, the injury bug rolls on its merry way through the roster. Freshman QB Everette Proctor tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder, requiring surgery and ending his year. Proctor wasn't expected to see the field this season and would likely have been redshirted, but his loss means that beyond Mike Glennon, State's effectively out of quarterbacks on the roster. Russell Wilson's injury history is well documented, and Glennon's not exactly the thickest tree in the forest. A couple of untimely hits and State's season could be in the crapper. It will be interesting to see who gets converted from another position into an emergency third-string QB option.

To hear about Nate's injury, along with O'Brien's comments regarding Lemon, Roberts and Proctor, check out this video from Wolfpackpigskin.Blogspot.com:

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