Defense wins third spring scrimmage

Another Saturday scrimmage saw another defensive win for Cincinnati in its 11th spring practice of the year.

Early on, UC did some work on its running game in the scrimmage and the running backs had trouble getting room to run most of the day.

The most impressive run of the day belonged to Isaiah Pead who had a 25-yard run where he dodged, spun around, ran through and dragged defenders down to the five-yard line. Pead had another good run where he stiff-armed a linebacker to get to the edge, resulting in a five yard gain which would have been a loss had he not gotten the strong stiff-arm.

After a few failed possessions trying to run the ball almost every down, the offense opened the play book up and that's when D.J. Woods would shine.

First, Woods got things going gaining 10 yards on a reverse. A couple plays later, Zach Collaros found Woods for about a 40-yard gain up the middle. The two would find each other again two plays later for a touchdown. On a later possession Collaros found Woods down the middle again, this time for a 10-yard touchdown. Woods has been very solid as the slot wide receiver all spring.

The catch of the day probably belonged to Kenbrell Thompkins. On the seven yard line, Collaros drilled a strike to Thompkins in the middle of the end zone. Thompkins held on despite getting slammed by two defenders.

But utilizing more passes didn't result in all success for the offense. The defense got good pressure most of the day and did a good job of mixing things up, sometimes only brining three rushers and mixing in some corner blitzes.

The offense struggled most of the day picking up the corner blitzes, resulting in sacks for Camerron Cheatham and Dominique Battle and several quarterback pressures.

Brandon Mills also had a good day for the defense. On one play he broke the line for a sack of Collaros and would have sacked him on the very next play had he not been held by the left tackle.

When he did have time, Collaros looked good most of the time, being crisp and on time with most of his throws. It was a little harder to tell how Chazz Anderson performed as he was forced to scramble a lot of the time he was in the game.

John Goebel was held out of today's practice for precautionary measures after injuring his left foot towards the end of Thursday's practice.

Bearcat Insider Top Stories