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Notes from Northwestern's first practice of the fall

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A look at some of the position battles and injuries from the first practice of the fall.

Eric Francis

Northwestern's fall training camp began on Monday. Here's a look at everything you need to know from the first practice.

- Sean McEvilly wasn't practicing today (I'm told he's fine, so don't worry about it). With McEvilly out, Greg Kuhar was starting at defensive tackle, so it looks like he's No. 3 in line. It was interesting to see Chance Carter working with the second team, even with McEvilly out. Maybe there's more to that than we know right now, but he was projected to be a starter alongside McEvilly and now appears to be fourth in line.

We asked before camp started what Jimmy Hall's role would be — would he start at outside linebacker, would he be a backup safety or would he be a mix of everything and play a lot of nickelback? Well it appears that he's been given a shot to win the starting job and was splitting reps with Drew Smith on first team.

- Cameron Dickerson wasn't practicing today due to injury (he'll be back by week one), which meant Kyle Prater was running with the first team a lot. My guess is we'll see a lot more of him than we've seen in the past.

- We didn't see a lot of the true freshmen, but Cameron Queiro was out there at linebacker. That doesn't mean he'll play, but he's someone to watch throughout camp. Wide receiver Solomon Vault will also be one to watch, according to Fitz.

- After practicing well but never playing last year — we were never told why by Fitz — Pierre Youngblood-Ary made some nice catches. He's clearly talented and could come out of nowhere to be a surprise player this year.

- These players are out for the season: Auston Anderson, Tommy Doles, Malcolm Bowman, Tommy Fuessel, Eric Joraskie, Ben Oxley and Daniel Jones. This rules out Auston Anderson possibly playing this season, and Joraskie being out could be a big blow

- Stephen Buckley, Mike McHugh and Parrker Westphal are all out right now but are expected to be ready for week one. Andrew Scanlan are expected to be ready for week four against Penn State. NU SID Paul Kennedy said NU will only give out "upper body" and "lower body" injuries this year, which was a "group decision" with the medical staff weighing heavily into that decision.

- Matt Alviti is the third-string quarterback right now and he struggled with some throws, but he had a nice run during practice that we probably won't see from Siemian or Oliver. Clayton Thorson showed some nice mobility as well.

- Justin Jackson has MOVES! He hit the hole hard and made some impressive moves through traffic to break through for a nice run. From Thorson to Jackson to Queiro to Vault, this vaunted freshman class showed their talent (keep in mind, it's the first day).

- Be sure to check out our projected depth chart, which will be updated throughout the fall.