McCloud returns; O'Leary, Stork to follow

September, 8, 2012
Anthony McCloud's face was drenched with sweat as he talked with reporters after Saturday's abridged 55-0 win over Savannah State.

EJ Manuel snuck up from behind and used his shirt sleeve to blot McCloud's head before joking about getting the senior defensive tackle back to work.

In truth, there wasn't much work for McCloud on Saturday. Timmy Jernigan started for the second consecutive game and McCloud played just six snaps in the game. But it was a nice chance to get back into the swing of things after missing all of fall camp and last week's opener because of a pectoral injury.

"It wasn't very long," McCloud said of his debut. "But I shook the rust off, and I'm thankful for that."

Coach Jimbo Fisher said McCloud turned in a good week of practice leading up to the game, and the senior said he was pleased with how he felt after his limited workload Saturday.

"It feels great," McCloud said. "I'm getting stronger every week. I'm going to be full-throttle, 100 percent for our next opponent."

The same should be true for tight end Nick O'Leary (thigh) and center Bryan Stork (neck), Fisher said.

Both starters were held out of Saturday's game because of nagging injuries, with Christo Kourtzidis and Kevin Haplea starting at tight end Saturday and sophomore Austin Barron starting at center.

Fisher said neither injury was a big concern, however, and that the weather and the opponent played a part in his decision to rest them.

"Those guys should definitely be back," Fisher said.



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