Coach Jimbo Fisher is encouraged by the team’s health entering the season with sophomore linebacker Matthew Thomas (shoulder) the lone significant player being held out of all drills. Thomas is expected to miss several games.
Starting senior linebackersReggie Northrup (knee) and Terrance Smith (turf toe) have returned after missing either all (Northrup) or most (Smith) of the spring. Northrup is a “full go” after tearing his ACL in the national semifinal game against Oregon, although his work load will be monitored.
Sophomore center Ryan Hoefeld (knee) will be limited to individual work for about a week. Freshman quarterback Deondre Francois (ankle) was in a boot Thursday.