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Allen Lessels' College Football: UNH practice the 'start of something special'
The University of New Hampshire football team put its first practice of the 2013 season in the books on Saturday afternoon.
Only 27 days to go until the season-opening game at Central Michigan on Sept. 7.
McDonnell liked the way the first session went.
Some spots in the lineup are manned by veterans who in all likelihood will hold them down, while others are more up for grabs.
The starting jobs on the left side of the offensive line, for the moment at least, are held down by homegrown products.
Seamus O'Neill, a 6-foot-4 and 288-pound senior and co-captain out of Manchester Central, has the left tackle slot locked down. A first-team all-Colonial Athletic Association selection last year, O'Neill started five games as a redshirt freshman and has been in the starting lineup ever since.
Sean Ryan, a 6-foot-2 and 295-pound senior out of Londonderry who has seen time as a backup the last three years, is penciled in to start beside O'Neill at left guard.
Either junior Andy Vailas of Bedford or sophomore Sean Goldrich will run things at quarterback - more on that in a moment - and all of the team's rushers and most of its top pass catchers from a year ago, including junior R.J. Harris, are back.
"Right now everyone is on track to be ready to go for Central Michigan," he said. "Probably the farthest away is (junior wide receiver) Jimmy Giansante. If things continue to improve the way they have in the last month, he'll be ready to go. But right now he's not.
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