Defense Rolls

On a misty Saturday morning, the Vandal defense dominated the first scrimmage of spring. A lot of youngsters contributed on both sides of the ball, including redshirt freshman linebacker <b>Jaron Williams</b> (6-2, 223) out of Muir High School in Pasadena, CA.

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Ernest Davis
6-6, 230, Jr
LA Southwest College
Los Angeles, CA
Despite missing both Kelly Talavou and Michael Togafau today (both were nursing bumps and bruises), the Vandal front 7 dominated this morning's scrimmage. In all fairness to the offense, the O-line was breaking in a lot of new faces on the first and second units (including 4 RS-Freshmen who played extensively on both units). Still, the D-line played with alot of pop, as demanded by new DL coach Spence Nowinsky. As quick to praise the players as he is to jump in and let them know what they are doing wrong, he definitely is not one to be lacking in intensity.

Junior DE Brandon Kania led the line with 3 sacks, followed by DT Brian Howard's 2 sacks. JC transfer Eric Davis also sacked the QB twice, while Jeff Edwards and Tim Bertalot each recorded a sack.

As far as playing time on this afternoon, redshirt sophomore Mike Bonelli worked extensively with the first unit defense, but redshirt freshman Andrew Stobart and JC transfer Ernest Davis rotated with Mike throughout the scrimmage. Both Eric Davis and Stobart moved in to help with the defensive tackles, in addition to working with the ends. Jason Jones worked mostly with the first unit defense, and had a quarterback hurry. Image Image
Brandon Kania
6-3, 238, Jr
Pasco High School
Pasco, WA
Mike Bonelli
6-2, 236, So
St. Bonaventure High
Camarillo, CA Image
Robert Davis
6-4, 222, RS-Fr
Royal High School
Simi Valley, CA
Even with senior linebacker Jordan Lampos working with the fullbacks, the linebacking rotation looked solid. Seniors Chad Kodama and Patrick Libey, along with redshirt sophomore Mike Anderson, worked mostly with the first unit defense. Its a big, athletic group, led by Libey at middle linebacker. Patrick ended the scrimmage with a sack and a pass breakup, as well as being in on a number of tackles.

Redshirt freshman Jaron Williams picked off 2 passes while redshirt freshman Robert Davis scooped up a fumble. Both youngsters will likely be counted on this year to contribute, and both are making the adjustment. All 6 linebackers had an opportunity to work with the first unit defense, while several, including Anderson and Williams, rotated positions as well, showing nice versatility within the unit. The group looked solid stuffing the run. Image
Ben Allen
6-0, 190, Jr
Ricks College
Boise, ID
The defensive backfield looked sharp. Given the experience this unit has as a group, and the pressure applied by the front seven, the backfield ended the day with 3 interceptions (2 by Ben Allen and one by Robert Ortega) and a fumble recovery (Darryl Murphy). The unit also had their share of tackles as well.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Brandon Mascorro did not participate in the scrimmage, but Allen and J.R. Ruffin got alot of reps. Junior Simeon Stewart rotated with Rod at the other corner. Ortega and Murphy worked mostly with the first unit, but redshirt sophomore Nate Nichols and seniors Chad Troxel and Jedidiah Getzlaff got their reps in as well (Getzlaff recorded a tackle for loss on the day).

Finally, if we gave out style points, the DBs would win as a unit (led by Bryant and Nichols, wearing black from their cleats up to their helmets). Image Image
Rod Bryant
6-1, 180, Sr
West Hills Junior College
Friendly, MD
Robert Ortega
6-1, 200, Sr
Chaffey Junior College
Alta Loma, CA

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