Thursday’s practice was the first time LaBryan Ray has been on the practice field since suffering a foot injury against South Carolina that ultimately cost him the rest of the regular season. 

Ray was in a black non-contact jersey and not participating in drills, but his return to the field suggests some progress: in previous days, he was in full pads but doing his work away from the practice field.

Ray was a starting defensive end before getting injured in the South Carolina game. Since then, UA has been forced to freshmen Justin Eboigbe and Byron Young for more reps at end, and at times shifted to four-linebacker looks to emphasis Terrell Lewis and Anfernee Jennings as opposed to its young defensive ends.

Ray is a junior, thus can return for 2020.

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