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Football report: Clerveaux hurt in 2-minute drill

On a surprisingly mild night devoid of humidity, the Bulls flirted with a clutch kick and calamity on their final two-minute drill Thursday at the Morsani Complex.

Starting at its own 35 and needing a field goal to win, the offense -- a mixture of first- and second-teamers -- got off to a promising start with QB Steven Bench finding WR Stanley Clerveaux for a first down on a short pass on fourth-and-3. Clerveaux, however, remained on the ground favoring his left leg and had to be assisted off the field.

Several plays later, the drive stalled, ending with projected starting PK Emilio Nadelman getting enough leg on a 58-yard field-goal try that sailed wide left.

"(Clerveaux) got banged up," said receivers coach Ron Dugans, unsure of the extent of the injury. "I'm not sure exactly what happened, I think a guy landed on his leg or something."

Thursday's highlights from the 2 1/2-hour workout, staged in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads, included a blocked field goal by freshman CB Ronnie Hoggins; a TD run of roughly 50-yards by walk-on Tyler Pippens; and a 40- to 50-yard scoring strike from Bench to TE Elkanah Dillon, uncovered on a post route.

In seven-on-seven work, QB Quinton Flowers found Plant High alumnus Austin Aikens in stride down the right sideline for a 50-yard TD.

"There's been guys taking turns making plays...We're just inconsistent right now," Dugans said of his unit. "We've got a lot of work to do but I'm excited about it because now you have multiple guys that bring something to the table and not just (former go-to receiver) Andre Davis."

UNHERALDED NO MORE: Redshirt freshman walk-on Chase Whitehead, who appears a prime candidate to enter the receiver rotation and return punts, said he had zero offers out of Fort Walton Beach Choctawhatchee.

Only through steady communication between his prep coach and former Bulls assistant Stu Holt did Whitehead (5-foot-9, 170 pounds) land a preferred walk-on spot that might ultimately parlay into a scholarship.

"I just wanted to come be a part of something bigger than me," said Whitehead, who played safety, running back and punt returner -- but very little receiver -- in three varsity prep seasons. "That's kind of what I loved about high school football."

Dugans has dubbed Whitehead, whose dad walked on at Auburn in the 1970s, "Mr. Reliable."

"Not a burner, but he makes plays, he's a tough kid," Dugans said. "He's a detail player. ... Always asks questions."

ODDS AND ENDS: FS Nate Godwin (hamstring) and OL Reilly Gibbons (knee) were among those still rehabbing injuries Thursday. LB Nick Holman joined them, albeit without the boot he wore on his right foot the day before. ... Robinson High alumnus Bruce Hector and former Plant star Mazzi Wilkins logged first-team defensive reps at tackle and cornerback, respectively. ... Dugans said WR Rodney Adams has clearly emerged as a leader of his unit. "I think he's become that mentally tough guy that you need, because last year he wasn't as mentally tough," Dugans said.

AUDIBLE: "I feel great, but right now coaching is what I want to do. I kind of hung the cleats up." -- 24-year-old former Bulls speedster Lindsey Lamar, serving as a graduate assistant this fall after spending two seasons in the CFL.

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