After the weekend, the bears headed back to the field today in search of rekindling the energy they had in the latter part of last week. The team was not in full pads, as they were back in shorts for the afternoon. However that did not stop the team from making some serious contact on the grid-iron in practice. The energy was there today for some players which led them to make some big plays. Most of these players I speak of were on the defense in this particular practice.
The defense dominated the scrimmage today by creating turnovers and barely giving up any kind of momentum for the offense to garner. The linebacker play was spectacular in the scrimmage today from Antonio Jones, Paul Tolbert, and Joe Pawelek. Jones was on hand for an interception after making a nice play on a deflected pass. Tolbert seemed to be everywhere on the field causing chaos for the offense. The secondary also had there moments today with Jordan Lake catching an interception from Szymanski and Joshua Bell making some nice reads on the ball causing two deflections. During the scrimmage it was apparent that the defense had more intensity for the day. They seemed to have no let up in there play and would seldom take plays off. Each player in every position was able to feed off each others momentum and continue building off the last play. It was truly a stout day for the defense.
With all this commotion about the defense, it would be wrong to say that no one from the offense stood out today. Brandon Whittaker had a great day making some nice runs and was able to catch a lot of quick screens against the defense. In one of the first plays, Whittaker had a thirty yd run that ended getting behind the defense and causing a spark for the offensive side of the ball. Terrance Parks also built off his last practice to give two solid scrimmages in a row. In the spread offense he is a really big target that has quick feet and could cause nightmares for defenses all over. He looks more comfortable every day and is really using his body well to get position in the open field. He was on the receiving end of a couple big plays for the offense.
Tomorrow the offense will look to redeem itself against the defense and hopefully catch its rhythm they had on Saturday to put together some big plays. It is a learning adjustment for all offensive players to learn this fast paced, high-flying air attack.; and they are times when they look lost or confused. However when run right, you are able to catch flashes of how dangerous this offense could be for defenses around the country every Saturday. To say it has potential as a system would be an understatement and the offensive players really do seem to respond with encouragement when they see the benefits of it in full force.
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