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CU welcomes 168 to fall camp

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Suber, who is also starting his sixth year as the teams defensive coordinator, must replace seven starters on that side of the ball.Redshirt junior quarterback Reed Gurchiek will start his fourth straight season opener in Cookeville.The Mt. Juliet High graduate started as a true freshman in the opener at Austin Peay before suffering a season-ending injury.He has passed for 2,665 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for another 604 yards and nine TDs in 20 career outings for the Bulldogs.Three-fifths of the offensive line returns as well for Gurchiek seniors Dalton Burge, Tucker Cathey and AJ Harmon along with junior running back Blake Deboard.Defensive backs Grant Jones and Josh Walker will man the corners again for CU, but two new safeties as well as three new linebackers will be asked to fill big shoes from players who graduated last season and combined to play in 188 career contests.After the season-opener, CU heads to 8th-ranked University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. and takes a week off before a third straight road contest, this one at Belhaven University to begin Mid-South Conference West Division play.The Bulldogs play five home games in six weeks starting September 28 against Bluefield College at Nokes-Lasater Field.COACHING STAFF -- Former Lebanon High head coach Bobby Brown has joined CU's coaching staff on a part-time basis and will coach the running backs.Brown, who complied a 44-51 record in nine seasons at LHS, is an assistant principal at Baird Middle School. Suber's coaching staff also includes: Ryan Locke, who moves to offensive coordinator after coaching the offensive line for the last seasons; Buddy Brown, defensive line; Brad Bustle offensive line; Nathan Luce, wide receivers; Taurean Smith, linebackers; and graduate assistants Justin Krueger (defense) and Wes Jeffries (offense).

SCRIMMAGE -- The Bulldogs will stage an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at 3 p.m. at Nokes-Lasater Field.

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