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“I think it’s about average play,” he said. “I’ve had my games here and there where I’ve played pretty well and had my games where I didn’t play so well.”

Bugel said Heyer has improved as he came to accept “hard coaching.” Dockery has liked what he has seen from the 6-foot-6, 330-pound Georgian.

“Stephon has a lot of heart, and he has played pretty well on that knee,” Dockery said. “He has the size. He has all the tools to be a really good tackle if he puts it all together.”