The players that really stood out today were Eric Shelton, JR Russell, Elvis Dumerville, Laroni Gallishaw, Kerry Rhodes, and Jon Cardoza. Shelton ran like we all had hoped he would and Rhodes provided some intensity I haven't seen from him previously. The offense was balanced with 276 yards passing and 224 yards rushing.
are my position by position breakdown's following Saturday's scrimmage action.
far there have been 4 rounds, as I call them, and Justin Rascati took today's
round. He looked more confident, moved in the pocket well and has great touch
down field. Lefors had a solid day as well, but not quite as impressive as
Rascati. So it's two rounds Rascati, one round Lefors and one tie. Lefors
ended the day 10 of 16 for 123 yards 2 TD's and 1 int. Rascati was 12 of 19
for 163 yards, 1 TD no int's.
with Eric Shelton's great day of 120 yards on only 20 carries, Lionel Gates
did a great job as well with 65 yards on 13 carries. Reggie Bradshaw showed very
good speed and lowers his shoulder. Patterson still goes down after first
can see the depth here each week. JR Russell continues to be the most consistent.
Tiger Jones had the catch of the day when he went up and snagged the ball out of
the air over solid coverage. Tiger had 3 catches for 70 yards and JR Russell
added 60 yards in 5 catches. But the ball was spread around. Joshua Tinch,
Victor Glenn and DJ Kamer (FB) had 2 catches each, Dontay Spillman caught 3
passes, and Harris, Robert Haskins, Cheeks and Shelton each had one.
hard to analyze this position with Ronnie Ghent and Richard Owens watching from
sidelines during contact this spring. It's clear Jorgenson is going to
develop into a great TE and Adam McCauley has been a pleasant surprise. We
should be deep this fall and with those 2 guys getting so many reps that will
unit is doing a much better job of run blocking. The 224 yards rushing was in
large part due to the solid blocking up front. Still, some work has to be done
here, but I think by fall we should have 7 or 8 solid O-Linemen
is a very good group. Even Coach Petrino said he was very pleased with the
DL's progression so far. Dumervill had 4 sacks in the scrimmage and Montavious
Stanley had as many last week. So some young guys are stepping up this spring.
Add Bobby Leffew and Kraig Shelton this fall and this should turn out to be a
very good DL. Brian Devine has been moved back to the DL and is a solid backup
at DT. Devine has good speed and is strong.
Hammer did not scrimmage so Jon Cardoza played the bulk of the first team snaps
at the MLB spot. Brandon Johnson looks more comfortable each week. This may be
the fasted group of LB's we have had. Day and Johnson can fly all over the
Kerry Rhodes showed some intensity during the scrimmage. He was hitting, getting in players faces and making plays. He has really impressed me and I look for him to step right in at safety. Brent Johnson did a good job with run support, Gallishaw had a pick and Minkins had solid coverage as well. JT Haskins has been coming on as of late and making a strong push for a spot in the secondary. He seems to be fearless when it comes to hitting people. Gavin Smart also has shown his athletic ability and speed.