Defensive tackle Adrian Taylor, recovering from ankle surgery, is making progress but it's doubtful he will play in the Sept. 4 season opener. Taylor has been held out of scrimmages and most contact drills.
"He's tried it but still has some work to do as far as putting that foot on the ground," said defensive line coach Jackie Shipp. "The ankle is still tender. But the positive (news) is he's out there trying to do it."
With four candidates vying for the job, coach Bob Stoops was asked if it's important to have a clear-cut winner from the placekicking competition heading into the season
"It's always better if you do," Stoops said. "But if you don't, you don't. You have to work with what you've got. That's what we're doing."
Cameron Kenney has battled a sore groin but wide receivers coach Jay Norvell said Kenney has had a good camp. A junior college transfer last season, Kenney has admitted he was a little overwhelmed. Kenney had 22 receptions a year ago but only six the final six games.
"He had high expectations last year," Norvell said. "It didn't go the way he wanted it to. But I think that motivated him. He knows it's his last year. There's nothing like a senior that has a last chance because their intensity and focus is so pure. He has that. You can see it."
Freshman wide receiver Kenny Stills, hampered by a groin injury, should return to practice this week. ... With five veteran receivers, and Stills, it will be difficult for the other four freshmen wideouts to crack the rotation. Norvell, though, said all five freshmen have shown potential. Stoops said: "Joe Powell is making a move, doing some good things." ... Practices move to late afternoon with classes beginning today.