Nichols dislocates knee, other tidbits
Backup left tackle Tate Nichols dislocated his kneecap, will be immobilized for two weeks and is doubtful for the season opener against South Florida on Sept. 3, according to coach Brian Kelly.
--- Defensive end Ethan Johnson, meanwhile, missed Saturday's practice because of illness.
--- Kelly said it may be difficult for Danny Spond to unseat Prince Shembo as a starting outside linebacker.
"Prince is really strong," Kelly said. "Danny had a lot of good things going but prince has really been a solid, solid player."
--- Kelly said he expects between six and 10 freshman to play this season and singled out freshman defensive end Troy Niklas for catching his eye.
"His ability to play in space is extraordinary," Kelly said of the 6-foot-6 1/2, 250-pounder from Servite-Fullerton (CA). "Whatever adjective you want to use with the kid use it. He is a special kid."
--- Kelly said freshman kicker Kyle Brindza has excelled on kickoffs and is the team's No. 2 punter but that junior punter Ben Turk has been the best of the specialists thus far.
"Of all the specialists he has been the guy that has made the most progress," Kelly said.
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