News & Notes - Practice #8

Not only have the Bearcats reached the midway point of spring practice, they are now in a battle for the "Black" jersey for the spring game. Read Bearcat Insiders take on the day's events.

After an abbreviated practice yesterday (Friday) due to bad weather, the team returned to Nippert in full gear Saturday morning.

-I watched both punters (Kevin Huber and Brian Steel) for 15 minutes prior to practice as they warmed up. Both have strong legs, but neither has been able to string more than a couple good punts together. Each will hit a 50 yarder then follow it with a 30-35 yarder.

-Jason Stiel, a linebacker from Reynoldsburg High School, attended today's practice. He's listed at 6' 2'/225 pounds with 4.6 forty speed.

Highlights From Saturday's Scrimmage

-The Bearcat Insider "Offensive Star of the Scrimmage" was Dominick Goodman. Goodman made several nice catches. When going over the middle, he took a big hit before the ball arrived for an interference penalty, but he popped up and continued to catch balls. He was not intimated at all.

-The "Defensive Star of the Scrimmage" was Tony Carvitti. I had Carvitti with four sacks and one tackle for loss. He could have had more but missed a tackle or two. Coach Staten said after practice that Carvitti's one of the most intelligent guys on the D-line.  Coach Dantonio said they have to find a place for him on the field, and he's earned the starting job at this stage of spring.

-The #1 offensive line had some changes: Bujnoch, Straub, Flores/Reinstatler, Canfield, and Simon (Flores did not finish practice looked like a knee injury). Celek was the TE, Goodman and Martin the receivers, Bury was the fullback and Moore was the tailback. Grutza was the quarterback.

-The #1 defense consisted of Anderson, Carvitti, Byrd and Hoke on the defensive line. Anthony Williams, Jon Carpenter, and Ryan Manalac started at linebackers although a number of linebackers rotated through including Kevin McCullough. Mickens and Bowie were the corners, but Mickens did not finish practice. Ross and Nakamura were the safeties.

-The #2 offensive line was Bolten, Tobin, Duenas, Rodriguez and Linkenbach although I think El-Amin was with that group too. The #2 defensive line looked to be Nelms, Claggett, Hoppel and McKenzie.

Offensive Highlights (10 or more yard pick-ups)

-Grutza hit Jared Martin for a 35 yard pass early in the scrimmage. Martin beat Gilyard on the play.

-Davila connected with Goodman for 13 yards and a first down vs. the #1 defense.

-Daniels dropped a 25 yard pass from Pike.

-Daniels picked up about 10 yards on a reverse.

-Goodman made a beautiful catch near the sideline on a low ball from Grutza.

-Davila hit Conner Barwin for 35 yards with the #2 def. vs. the #2 off.

-DeAngelo Smith dropped a perfectly thrown ball from Davilla for what would have been a nice gain.

-Davila to Daniels for about 25 yards.

-Butler Benton with a 25 yard TD run.

-Davila to Celek for about 30 yards.

-Grutza to Ali for a 27 yards TD pass. Kazeem Ali dragged defenders the last five yards into the endzone.

-Grutza to Goodman for 25 yards down near the goalline. Goodman showed great concentration as the ball was tipped by a defender.

-There were a few QB/C fumbled exchanges.

-Both Grutza and Davila were intercepted once.

-Greg Moore had another practice without a fumble.

Defensive Highlights

-As already mentioned, Carvitti had an outstanding day disrupting the offense and getting penetration. Carvitti sacked Grutza three times and Davila once.

-Manalac had three TFL.

-Newton had a TFL.

-Anthony Williams intercepted Dustin Grutza.

-Hoppel blocked a PAT.

-Craig Carey was running for his life against the #3 defense.

-Revels and Clifford split a sack of Carey.

-DeFilippo sacked Davila and later recovered a fumble.

-Mickens blocked a field goal.

-Revels had TFL of Wess.

-Nelms sacked Davila.

-Nakamura intercepted Davila.

-I felt the placekicking could have been better. There were a couple kicks blocked too.



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