Positional breakdowns from Saturday's scrimmage

Position by position analysis of each unit following Saturday's scrimmage action.

Spring Scrimmage

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.

 

Here are my position by position breakdown's following Saturday's scrimmage action. 

Quarterbacks

 

So 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. 

Running Backs

 

Even 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 contact.  

Wide Receivers

 

You 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.  

Tight Ends

 

It's 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 only help. 

Offensive Line

 

This 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  

Defensive Line

 

This 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.  

Linebackers

 

The 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 field.  

Defensive backs

 

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. 


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