They're all healthy and participating now, along with two additions. Junior Travis Bell and freshman Daryl Worley are new after playing safety previously. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Bell flashed promise in the spring game, but that was really his first legitimate action at cornerback, and that came after missing the final 10 games in 2012 with a shoulder injury.
"Yes, he did have an impactful game during the spring, but he'd never played corner before in this scheme, so he's on practice No. 10," Mitchell said. "Those other guys are 14 practices ahead of him. You're starting to see Travis Bell feeling comfortable at the position. You're seeing a young man now who sees the big picture from a fundamental standpoint.
"He's a young man who's got to be a great technician. He has all the ability, all the tools, I feel, to be a great corner in this scheme. He's starting to inch his way back to the comfort level he had at safety, where it was all second nature to him."
Worley, who is 6-2 and 190 pounds, is in a similar position. He was recruited as a safety after playing that and some linebacker on defense and running back and receiver on offense as a high school senior.
Mitchell snagged Worley before practice started.
"If he can play tailback, he can play corner," Mitchell said.
Mitchell is already impressed with Worley's maturity and how seriously he's taking the new position. He doesn't have to tell Worley to do extra drills after practice or fit in even more film study on his own. It's helping Worley establish an identity beyond that of a mere freshman.
"This kid exemplifies everything that we stand for and if he has the opportunity to start, we're going to start him," Mitchell said. "Can he be assignment sound? Can he give great effort? Can he finish and make plays? He's proven all three things, therefore he's going to be in the mix."
Rumph's move and Kyeremeh's injury forced Mitchell to focus on a smaller group and without having to make personnel decisions earlier than he wanted. He said he'll take it a little farther by the middle of this week, but that the reps will continue to be spread out across the remaining six players.
"When you're going through camp, you need healthy bodies," he said. "You're not trying to limit the reps of the guys or the development the guys are getting. You want to have fresh legs every time you go out there. If we can continue to develop these guys, but yet strain them enough that they're progressing there, why not rep six?"
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