Almost lost in the preseason shuffle is the steady play of slotback Corey Paclebar, who is on track to earning a spot on the 64-player travel roster to USC.
The tentative plan is to take seven receivers. Chris Gant, Billy Ray Stutzmann and Trevor Davis are the single-side receivers; Scott Harding and Justin Clapp are the strong-side receivers; and Miah Ostrowski and Paclebar are the slots.
David Graves in his own category as swing player; he can be used at receiver, wildcat, quarterback and specialist.
With Clapp’s move to the outside, Paclebar has ascended the charts as the quick-cut receiver. Paclebar has come a long way since his freshman year, when he spoiled a breakout spring training by suffering a shoulder injury while rough-housing during training camp. He’s gained strength, and cut his nearly hip-length hair. Now he is close to make the cut for the travel squad.
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Fullback Dustin Elisara, who underwent ACL surgery over the summer, was working on his rehab during yesterday’s practice. He’s lost weight, but he’s still out for the season.
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The Warriors are still trying to figure out the active roster, which was allowed to expand with yesterday’s start of the fall semester. To fill out the scout teams for practices, the Warriors want to add players. They are limited to 110 players, a list that will not include players lost for the season with injuries, such as Elisara, Ryan Pasoquen, Allen Sampson and Calen Friel.
One player in limbo is Samson Anguay, who still is not 100 percent a year after undergoing ACL surgery. He will be evaluated this week.