“We needed to see those two kids (Anderson and Jones) against our defense. In particular as you saw, we made two or three plays outside the realm of our offense, and I think defensively you’ve got to be able to defend it all,” said Kelly. “If you have a quarterback that’s elusive, and those two kids are, we wanted to challenge our defense, and give them (Anderson and Jones) the opportunity to show what they really can do. I think you obviously limit what you can do when you put a red jersey on them.”
“We wanted Chazz and Demetrius to get a lot of first team reps today,” added Kelly.
“It was just a great block, it was blocked very, very well, and I saw the seam and I tried to just run as fast as I could,” said
Howard finished the scrimmaging with three receptions for 34 yards and one touchdown.
Coach Kelly was fairly impressed with
“I thought Chazz moved our offense pretty good, I’ll have to watch the film, but he’s athletic, made some plays. He’s what I’ve been saying over the last couple of weeks, he’s competing for a starting position,” said the coach of his red shirt freshman quarterback.
Jones’ struggles were the mirror opposite of
“I think Demetrius is coming along,” said Kelly following practice. “He’s not as far along as Chazz (Anderson) is. He’s an athletic kid. He wouldn’t even have been able to get the snap off about a week ago, so I try to keep it all relative to his development. He needed to get out there, he needed to get out there in a competitive situation and it was really good for him.”
Tony Pike and Dustin Grutza also saw playing time during the day’s scrimmage, albeit limited. Grutza played with the consistency and experience he’s known for, completing five of his seven passes for 66 yards, along with a nine-yard touchdown run. Pike’s limited play resulted in the junior going two for three passing for 14 yards. Pike also navigated a 10-yard touchdown rush. The only true blemish on his day was one sack, with no contact of course as Pike was dressed in red.
But no one could steal the show from Anderson, who over the last week has asserted himself as a serious contender for the starting quarterback position. Many thought the red shirt freshman would need time to adjust to the college level, but his work ethic and love of the game have elevated him to a level no one saw coming heading into the spring.
“The offensive line did an incredible job, as well as the outside receivers and the inside receivers,” said
Taking advantage of his opportunities could be the reason
“It feels unbelievable,” said
The passing frenzy of Saturday’s scrimmaging allowed for a large handful of Bearcat receivers to get involved in the action. But just because the running game was limited didn’t mean it didn’t look impressive when it was used. Red shirt sophomore John Goebel led the ground attack with 21 yards on five carries. Jacob Ramsey was not far behind, collecting 19 yards on his four carries. Ramsey also grabbed a two-yard pass courtesy of an
Howard may have led the receiving core in yardage, but tight end Adrien Robinson stole the show with three touchdowns off of three receptions and 23 yards. After moving from wide receiver to tight end, Robinson is finding himself much more involved in the game plan than if he was still amongst the receivers.
Sophomore Armon Binns impressed coach Kelly and the audience by making a great grab at while taking serious contact from the defensive back.
“I thought the tough catch that Armon Binns made, just really being covered well, a bang-bang play. That’s what we were looking for, and at times we got knocked off the ball on the perimeter on those quick throws. Binns showed up big for me today in terms of his ability to come in and help us,” said Kelly. Binns totaled 20 yards and a touchdown off his three receptions of the scrimmage.
One week away from Bearcat Bowl II, Coach Kelly and the Bearcats will have a couple of days off before hitting the field for the final week of spring ball Tuesday morning.