Scrimmage Notebook

Inside the notebook: Scrimmage highlights, news and notes from inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, offensive and defensive standouts and much more.

Steve Kragthorpe wanted his team, particularly his young players, to get a taste of game-day after the first week of practice. That's why he put his team through an 87-play, open to the public scrimmage Saturday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The team went 12 series with the one's vs. one's and two's against two's. Kragthorpe started the scrimmage with his special teams on the field, working on kick-off and punt return/coverage. Kragthorpe then scrimmaged his offense and defense several series from the 30, before moving to the 50 and ending with several red-zone series that began on the 20.

The first team offense, led by Brian Brohm, scored on four of their six possessions (two touchdowns and two field goals) that began at either the 30 or 50. Brohm directed the offense 70 yards on the scrimmage's first possession for a score. Anthony Allen provided strong running, while Mario Urrutia and Gary Barnidge both made key third down receptions. Allen scored on a one yard touchdown run.

Led by Hunter Cantwell, the second team offense scored on their first play from scrimmage when sophomore WR Trent Guy took a reverse 70 yards for a touchdown. But that was about all the No. 2 offense could manage during the scrimmage, going three and out in three of their next four possessions.

Freshman quarterback Matt Simms directed the No. 3 offense to the goal line before the defense tightened and held on fourth down and goal from inside the one yard line. Simms hit WR Josh Chichester for a 30 yard gain along the far sideline and freshman Victor Anderson made a shifty 8 yard gain to get the offense in the Red Zone. Bilal Powell had a nice gain that set the offense up first and goal from the one.

During the Red Zone portion of the scrimmage, the first team offense scored two touchdowns in three possessions. Brohm connected with Urrutia for a 20 yard touchdown strike on the first play from scrimmage for a TD. On their next possession, Allen set up the offense first and goal before bogging down and settling for a field goal attempt that failed. On their final possession, Brock Bolen scored from one yard out.

The No. 2 offense scored one touchdown in two red zone possessions. Trent Guy scored on a five yard sweep around end.

Offensive Standouts: QB Brian Brohm; WR JaJuan Spillman; WR Trent Guy; WR Mario Urrutia; RB Anthony Allen; TE Gary Barnidge

Defensive Standouts DT Willie Williams; LB Lamar Myles, CB Travis Norton; CB Woodny Turenne

Notes and Highlights

  • Doug Beaumont saw significant reps with the No. 1 offense at wide receiver during Saturday night's scrimmage.
  • LB Lamar Myles played well in the middle of the defense. He made a highlight play stuffing Anthony Allen at the goal line to prevent a touchdown.
  • CB Johnny Patrick, a talented redshirt freshman, made a nice pass break up on third down.
  • Reserve WR Corey Thompson was dressed but did not play. Thompson was wearing a protective boot on his left foot. Reserve LB Terrence Butler did not play and sat out with ice wrapped around his left knee.
  • Harry Douglas, Rod Council and Latarrius Thomas dressed but did not play in the scrimmage. Douglas did hold on field goals and PAT's, but the whistle was blown immediately when he took off running on a fake field goal attempt.
  • Freshman RB Victor Anderson made the most of his limited snaps. He saw some action with the second team and was on the kick-off return team. Anderson made a nifty cut to pick up nice yardage in the red zone.
  • CB Bobby Buchanan made his presence felt on special teams, blocking an Art Carmody field goal attempt. Buchanan almost blocked another kick later in the scrimmage.
  • Woodny Turenne again showed that he's the real deal. Matching up with 6-6 All-American Mario Urrutia, Turenne knocked away a sure-fire touchdown pass thrown by Brian Brohm to Urrutia in the end zone.
  • Junior college transfer Abdul Kuyateh and freshman Mark Wetterer worked with the No. 2 offensive line.
  • JaJuan Spillman had a nice scrimmage, stepping in for Harry Douglas. Spillman caught two passes from Brohm that covered 20 yards each.
  • Super Bowl quarterback Phil Simms was in attendance to watch his son Matt in action. Simms played well, leading to offense to the goal line in his only series of the game.

    Scrimmage Depth Chart

    First team offense: G Mike Donoghue, Danny Barlow; C Eric Wood; T Breno Giacomini, George Bussey; TE Gary Barnidge; WR Mario Urrutia, JaJuan Spillman; RB Anthony Allen, Brock Bolen; QB Brian Brohm. *WR Harry Douglas did not participate.

    First team defense: DT Earl Heyman, Adrian Grady; DE Brandon Cox, Maurice Mitchell, Peanut Whitehead; LB Malik Jackson, Lamar Myles, Preston Smith; CB Travis Norton, Bobby Buchanan, Woodny Turenne; S Deon Palmer, Jon Russell. * LB Willie Williams, CB Rod Council and S Latarrius Thomas did not participate.

    Second team offense: OL Jeff Adams, Mark Wetterer, Josh Byrom, Nick Borgelt, Abdul Kuyateh; TE Zach Meagher; RB Sergio Spencer; WR Doug Beaumont, Scott Long, Pat Carter, Trent Guy; QB Hunter Cantwell.

    Second team defense: DL Willie Williams, L.D. Scott, Michael Adams, Elisee Pompilus; LB Mozell Axson, Steven Garr; CB Chaz Thompson, Johnny Patrick; S Richard Raglin, Brandon Heath, C.J. Peake.

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