As Dunston fades from the scene, defensive end Alex Bazzie refuses to go away. To the contrary, the 6-2, 225-pound junior from Silver Spring, Md., via Fork Union Military Academy, continues his quest to start opposite Jeremiah Taylor.
He is battling 6-4, 234-pound sophomore Ra'Shawde Myers, with redshirt freshman Armonze Daniel trying to get on the two-deep at either end. Daniel was limited in Monday's two practices.
Bazzie helped his stock at the Herd's early scrimmage last weekend with seven tackles, including three sacks (those were just tags, with quarterbacks protected from contact).
"When I got here, he was a walk-on that didn't have much of a chance," Holliday said. "He got himself on the [traveling squad] bus and played on special teams and worked his way into it. I'm proud of what he's done."
In the morning session of the preseason camp's first two-practice day, defensive tackle Jarquez Samuel lay motionless on the turf for a few minutes after a play. He eventually got up and walked off under his own power, but was finished for the day.
"He's fine. Give him a day or two, he'll be ready to go," Holliday said.
Defensive linemen Steve Dillon and Marcus Gilchrist returned to full practice in the afternoon session, which was in shoulder pads and shorts. Holliday expects tight end C.J. Crawford back soon, and said a shoulder injury to cornerback A.J. Leggett is minor.
Speaking of cornerbacks, Roberts is closer to recovery, as he was no longer sporting an orthopedic boot.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.